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Old Rivers and Me
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Gary    Posted 03-07-2003 at 06:28:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I down-loaded the old Walter Brennen song "Old Rivers" a while back. At the part where he said, "I'm sittin here now in this fresh plowed earth, tryin to find me a little shade", I could see, feel, and smell, just exactly what he was saying. I'm sure Dad would too, and grandpa, and all those other grandpas that I never knew. My kids wouldn't have a clue if I tried to express this to them. It makes me sad. Maybe there are a lot of ways a person can be a part of the land, but few can be as real as sitting there in that fresh plowed earth fixing a wheel bearing on the disk, watching the birds hunt the worms you just uncovered, grabbing a swig of water from the burlap covered glass jug you took to the bottoms with you, watching that old coyote trot along beside you and not caring that you're there,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Donna from Mo    Posted 03-07-2003 at 14:34:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
OK, you've made me go download that song. I loved Walter Brennen!

Jerry Brastad    Posted 01-18-2004 at 07:46:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Where can I get a copy of old rivers by walter brennen

Lazy Al    Posted 03-07-2003 at 10:16:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Gary , Had to go dig up ole rivers and listen to
it .He had a way about him didn't he .
Sevral years ago my Neighbor got his big multi
bottom plow and made one pass across the field and his Dad who just died last week at 92 said
i've plowed all day and didn't get that much done .
Plowing with horses is some thing else that most people of today are missing too , just the silence of it . you hear the horses feet ,the jingle of the lead chains ,squeak of the leather
and most of all the sound of the dirt being turned over . You don't hear that with a tractor
I can see how you could hear a dinner bell a half
mile away .
Yea the kids would look at you and say are you crazy ?
We had a canvas bag with a fill spout and the
water would leak through it an the evaparation
would keep it cool eh cooler . I would like to buy one if I could fine one ..

Gary    Posted 03-07-2003 at 20:16:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Al, when I was a kid the folks piled use three kids in the back of a forty something Plymouth and headed for California. Pop hung one of those water bags on the side mirror when we headed through Death Valley. Of course we waited until late evening to start across the desert. Had to be 55 or 56. I can still remember what happened to the crayolas that I had left laying in the back window.

MEMORIES    Posted 03-07-2003 at 14:21:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Walkin barefooted down the furrow between the handles of a good 12 inch Neosho turnin plow behind a team of good horses. Smellin their sweat,new turned earth,tha creakin of tha leather harness ,Spring time.......and tha stark terror of turnin up a Yellow Jacket or Bumble bee nest.......tha joys of by gone days. Would I do it all again? You bet Your sweet boopsie!

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