Old familiar numbers
I mean to add rhymed verse that has piled up in the spaces of my life, both physical and figurative. I’ll just put these out here so Google won’t need to covertly collect the limits of my imagination. Some of these are funny, many involve wordplay, some are kinda sad and some are downright pitiful. All these are are transcribed verses the way I heard them. If I’m wrong you are welcome to make the judgment and place a better version for a blog page that you maintain. But I think I’ll start To Morrow.
I want to Go to Morrow
Sung by Dan W. Quinn
(Lew Sully, cm)
Recorded 25 February 1903
I started on a journey just about a week ago,
For the little town of Morrow in the State of Ohio.
I never was a traveler and really didn’t know,
That Morrow had been ridiculed a century or so.
I went down to the depot for my ticket and applied
For tips regarding Morrow not expecting to be guyed.
Said I, “My friend I want to go to Morrow and return,
Not later than tomorrow for I haven’t time to burn.”
Said he to me, “Now let me see if I have heard you right,
You want to go to Morrow and come back to-morrow night.
To go from here to Morrow and return is quite a ways,
You should have gone to Morrow yester-day and back to-day.”
“For if you started yesterday to Morrow don’t you see,
You could have got to Morrow and returned today at three.
The train that started yesterday, now understand me right,
Today it gets to Morrow and returns tomorrow night.”
Said I, “My boy it seems to me you’re talking through your hat,
Is there a town named Morrow on your line now tell me that.”
“There is,” said he, “and take from me a quiet little tip
To go from here to Morrow is a fourteen hour trip.”
“The train that goes to Morrow leaves today, eight thirty-five,
At half past ten tomorrow is the time it should arrive.
Now if from here to Morrow is a fourteen hour jump,
Can you go today to Morrow and come back today you chump?”
Said I, “I want to go to Morrow, can I go to-day,
And get to Morrow by tonight if there is no delay?”
“Well, Well,” said he, “explain to me and I’ve no more to say
Can you go any-where tomorrow and come back to-day?”
“For if to-day you get to Morrow, surely you’ll agree,
You should have started not to-day, but yester-day you see
So if you go to Morrow, leaving here today your flat,
You won’t get in-to Morrow until the day that follows that.”
“Now if you start today to Morrow it’s a chinch you’ll land
To-morrow in-to Morrow, not to-day you understand
For the train to-day to Morrow if the schedule it is right
Will get you in-to Morrow by about to-morrow night.”
Said I, “I guess you know it all, but kindly let me say,
How can I go to-morrow if I leave the town to-day?
Said he, “You cannot go to Morrow anymore to-day,
For the train that goes to Morrow is a mile upon it’s way.”
I was so disappointed I was mad enough to swear,
The train had gone to Morrow and had left me standing there.
The man was right in telling me, I was a howling jay,
I didn’t go to Morrow, so I guess I’ll go to-day.