Friday, February 5, 2010

Take This Tune: Love of Place

"It will come to you, this love of the land. There’s no gettin’ away from it, if you’re Irish." Mr. Gerald, Scarlett O’Hara’s father, in Margaret Mitchell’s GONE WITH THE WIND (1936)

It’s not just an Irish thing. I suspect that, no matter what one’s nationality or ethnicity is, there is one place where our hearts put down roots—one place we call home. It isn’t necessarily the place we happen to be living at the moment. For example, the late Teddy and Doyle Wilburn, natives of Arkansas, lived out their careers and lives in Nashville, far from the Ozarks, but you can still hear that longing and love in their voices for a "forty acre patch God sowed in sprouts" back home.

Though the brambles took the cabin I was born in
And the briars reclaim the fields I used to plow
There's a yearnin' in my heart to be goin'
To that forty-acre patch God sowed in sprouts

Arkansas, are your rivers still flowin'
Is your cotton growin' white as snow
Are the squirrels still a-barkin' up on old Crowley's ridge
Has the girl I was sparkin' gone and burned another bridge
Arkansas. . .Arkansas

I have known the troubles I was born to know
I have wanted things a poor man's born to want
And in all my dreams and memories I go runnin'
Through the fields of Arkansas from which I sprung

Arkansas, are your rivers still flowin'
Is your cotton growin' white as snow
Do the young men still piddle with the thought of growin' rich
And slowly turn to old folks sittin' whittlin' on a stick
Arkansas. . .Arkansas

Where is the place where your heart is rooted, no matter how far away you’ve roamed from there? Start writing~~Fairweather


Linda said...

Wow, I've lived so many different places but I will definitely give this one some thought! Several spots come to mind ...

Mimi Lenox said...

Oh, you just had to tempt me with Scarlett, didn't ya?
I came here looking for a peace globe link and this is waaaaay too tempting.
I'll get you my pretty and your little dog too!
I know, wrong movie, but it seems totally appropriate.

Jamie said...

No need to don the pointy had and ride your broom sidesaddle. Just do the meme.

Jamie said...

Welcome home. Mine is up.

Jamie said...

I didn't use this song though I considered it strongly. It is an 1840 Scots-Canadian folk song about longing for home Scarborough Settlers Lament

Linda said...

No music from me this week but lots of photos of a place I truly love!

Jamie said...

Mr. Linky is down today so you can't sign in. If possible link your site in the comments.

viridian said...

Mine is up - this week I thought of a song, and found a video on you tube.