You’re Not Always Playing For/By Yourself

the Hula Hoop Song
LIFE magazine – father and children from another decade….
‘Holy Fuck Was That?!’….anyway
let’s keep the rain in Bath going – keep the music flowing
the idea of words to paper
over strings and scratched out lines
until the stage until
the audience says you got it right.
until then
let’s listen to Gord and Gordon let’s just
drive all night…..

* Canadian musician Gordon Lightfoot’s first song entitled ‘The Hula Hoop Song’….the idea springing from a Life magazine picture.

* ‘What the fuck was that?!’ – a story by Gord Downie (Canadian musician) who recounts an email from his brother and a friend hearing Lightfoot’s song The Wreck of The Edmund Fitzgerald on the radio for the first time. They were driving in the rain towards Bath Ontario and their admiring reaction to this now iconic song was WTF….wishing as they drove the rest of the night that the song would come back on the radio one more time…..

* Bath (Ontario) located just outside Kingston Ontario along the St.Lawrence river


About Crazy Irishman

Touted as a working man's poet, Martin Durkin has been writing professionally for the last 12 years. He has appeared in over twenty anthologies across North America, including, "And left a place to stand on", a collection of poems and essays about the late great Al Purdy. Durkin has also published two collections of poetry, "Hypnotic Childhood", and "The Sound of Quish". Over the past 4 years, Durkin has been on hiatus for the most part but has recently come back to the poetry scene creating a poetry site called, where in the past year he has written over 100 poems and created a cross over page on where he gives a story behind each of the pieces written. View all posts by Crazy Irishman

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