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Sorry, folks... this was my mistake. Paul asked me to run this contest a few months ago and I agreed, but I thought he was asking me to run the lyric contest. So when fabkebab started the lyric contest this month I thought, oh well, I'll just crawl back into my cave. I now see he'd asked me to run the song contest.
Again, sorry for my mistake.
Thanks for the advice guys. Very much appreciated. And excellent suggestions too. I've already used much of it. I agree that it's too long, but I want to look a little more and try out a few things before shortening it. I was thinking of having a short refrain after each verse if i edited this down into a shorter version
I was thinking of something like
Parchman ohhh Parchman, Destination Doom
get outa Mississippi, can't leave a day too soon
The following is from a PBS website on Parchman. There's a well known song called Parchman Prison Blues covered by many blues guys. Mose Allison, Bukka White, Mayall. Many bluesmen served time here too. Place is infamous. Freedom riders did time here.
located about 100 miles south of Memphis in the Mississippi River Delta, the birthplace of the blues, Mississippi State Prison in Parchman, Mississippi, has become as much a historical landmark as it is a penitentiary. It’s about 30 miles from where Emmett Till was murdered in 1955, and surrounded by uninhabitable swampland.
Parchman’s storied history is the basis for the prison farms featured in the movies “Cool Hand Luke” and “O Brother Where Art Thou?”, it’s referred to as “destination doom” in a William Faulkner’s novel “The Mansion,” and it is now a haunted setting in Jesmyn Ward’s National Book Award-winning 2017 novel “Sing, Unburied, Sing.”
Wish you'd put the lyric back up. I read it the first time I listened but notice upon returning that it has now disappeared. I think the message is a good one, but would like to read the words again. Another very apropos theme.
As always a good tune. Message is very apropos. We are losing our compassion, understanding, and empathy for each other. The voice in the song (to me) is troubled or frustrated by what he sees going on around him and is also conflicted by his own feelings as a result of what he sees going on around him. Whether you agree or disagree with some of the point of view's thoughts, the song and message have an emotional component that should be able to reach any thinking person.
Thanks for sharing something that hits at the heart of each and everyone of us on some level (no matter who we are, how we think, or where we come from).