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Poem: "Weed by Weed"
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aldersprig From: aldersprig Date: August 17th, 2011 12:56 am (UTC) (Link)
The title had me singing "inch by inch, row by row" in my head as I read; was that a-purpose?
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 17th, 2011 01:11 am (UTC) (Link)


Yes, indeed it is.
aldersprig From: aldersprig Date: August 17th, 2011 01:14 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: *laugh*

This song brings to mind the canal-side pub where my mother waited tables as a kid; the local band loved this song. And "all God's creatures."

Which makes me think both of musical monsters, and pub/canal/small town/tourist trap monsters.

Um. Not both, apparently, as now... "some sing low, some sing higher, some sing out loud on the telephone wire..." has some interesting gremlin, ghost in the machine (good anime) images.

and THERE is the brainstorming mojo I was missing earlier.
my_partner_doug From: my_partner_doug Date: August 17th, 2011 02:27 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: *laugh*

The lyrics for the "Anti-Garden Song" are by Eric Kilburn. Here's the full set:

Slug by slug, weed by weed
My Garden's got me really teed
All the insects love to feed
Upon my tomato plants
Sunburned face, scratched-up knees
My kitchen's choked with zucchinis
I'm shopping at the A&P
Next time I get a chance

The crabgrass grows, the ragweed thrives
The broccoli has long since died
The only things still left alive
Are some radishes & beans
My carrot plants are dead & gone
Hear the rabbits sing a happy song
Until you've weeded all day long
You don't know what boredom means.

You get up early, work til late
Watch moles & mice get overweight
They eat their dinners on a plate
From the hard work you have done
As ye sow, so shall ye reap
But I smell like a compost heap
I'm gonna get that lousy creep
Who said gardening was fun.

[The 'crow' verse in the Arlo link you provided is actually the second half of the second verse of the original "Garden Song" lyrics.]
aldersprig From: aldersprig Date: August 17th, 2011 02:32 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: *laugh*

I think I like the original better :-D The Anti-garden song is fun, though.

((And I picked lyrics somewhat at random; I learned the song at the age of 4 or 5, so it's a bit fuzzy))

I miss my garden.
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