Music Prompt #35 “Caroline” Performed by Old Crow Medicine Show – Old Lady


Old lady sits by an old gum tree

In a wooden rocker her hubby once made

In her mind she sings a song

The one her mumma sang to her:



Country girl born in the scrub

Country girl raised on the farm

Country girl with her hands in the dirt

Country girl pretends to love her home.



Old lady sits her hair grey and thinning

Remembers the days of rain, sleet and snow

Of crimes committed, atrocities never admitted

Days her mumma turned her back a singing:



Country girl ran among spinifex

Country Girl loved her clutch of rabbits

Country Girl could throw bales of hay

Country Girl happily ran away from home.



Old lady sits with tears on her cheeks

There’s no going back, no way to forget

The torment still real, the denial still strong

Her mumma never listened, never wanted to know:



Country girl cradles her lost childhood

Country girl never forgets the truth

Country Girl not alone in the world

Country Girl stands for innocence lost.



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18 Responses to Music Prompt #35 “Caroline” Performed by Old Crow Medicine Show – Old Lady

  1. Lori Carlson says:

    Wonderful. Michael! Love the country feel of this 🙂

  2. your poem goes with the music, lovely, Michael 🙂

  3. TamrahJo says:

    This Country Girl was reminded of her fave that reminds her both of her pain and gifts – all from the same source of memory – 🙂 But yes, still true for me – 🙂 and liked this post – 🙂

  4. TamrahJo says:

    Never have learned to harmonize as well as others can – doesn’t mean I’ve given up on learning how – 🙂

    • Everyone can sing you know….just some do it better than others but everyone can…..even me….so never give up Jo…..
      Thanks again for commenting…..Michael

      • TamrahJo says:

        I can sing – alto, soprano, second soprano, tenor, etc., BUT – just never learned to sing different ‘parts’ consistently – cuz I always ‘hear’ the full orchestra in my head and happily bounce willy-nilly between all the parts! LOL – Fortunately, for me, I don’t earn my living from ‘singing right’ – – LOL But still working on perfecting the harmonzing portion of a song my dad SO wanted me to learn, so many years ago – 🙂

      • Wow what a range you must have, just think if you get desperate and out of work you can audition for any musical in all those categories you’d be a musical directors dream…..

      • Thank for the follow, hopefully you’ll never look back…..or forwards for that matter, now there’s a philosophical notion, living only in the present moment…..

  5. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    This is absolutely fantastic 😀

  6. Wow, Micheal. I have no words that fit the beauty of your words. Thank you 😀

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