Hickory Smoke

Hickory Smoke

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For this week's songwriting class assignment, we were given a list of 20 words or phrases and told to use at least five of them in a song. I did not set out to write a nonsense song containing all 20, but...that's where I ended up. This one's all kinds of odd.

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Hickory smoke and a green-grey sky
The storm is coming, so crybaby cry
Brutal heat and endless clouds
Time to find some common ground

Relentless nights of practical dreams
Trudging on when hope's extinct
Empty gesture lotus blossom
Lost in the moment playing possum

Hickory smoke and a green-grey sky
The storm is coming, so crybaby cry
Brutal heat and endless clouds
Time to find some common ground

Pungent memory, Grandma's perfume
The wonder of it all in an afternoon
Completely destroyed by summer rain
A moment's peace from manipulative games

Hickory smoke and a green-grey sky
The storm is coming, so crybaby cry
Brutal heat and endless clouds
Time to find some common ground

Mixed signals from the weather channel
Muddled news and well-worn flannel
A dull ache forms behind your eyes
It's finally time to say goodbye

Hickory smoke and a green-grey sky
The storm is coming, so crybaby cry
Brutal heat and endless clouds
Time to find some common ground



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billwhite51's picture

surrealist subversion of a nursery song. choral music for misbehaving children

AndyGetch's picture

Such a delicious word salad. Well done on the assignment!

phoenixash's picture

Another great one. This one has a more elusive meaning, but that only makes us wanna go deeper. Very good performance too!

Chip Withrow's picture

Love this! The wordplay has a timeless, old-time bluegrass vibe that the music and vocal bring to life. Every so often I hear a 50/90 or FAWM song I'd like to cover - this is one of those songs.

This is great fun - lots to savour in the writing, and it doesn't sound at all like a nonsense song. Using all twenty words without any of them sounding like they are out of context is no mean feat!