Dan OCanna (ocanna@ALPHA.CAER.UKY.EDU)
Sun, 17 Mar 1996 23:11:18 EST
While searching for the lyrics to "Happy Trails" I was reminded of the
following poem. Tho a great rendition of "Happy Trails" is also on the
album cited below it is only the first verse that was posted here
earlier. For those who are not familiar with Riders in the Sky
they perform traditional style cowboy and western music. On the same
album can be found an excellent version of "Ghost Riders in the Sky"
(the song lampooned by the recently posted "Ghost Chickens" song).
By Wally McRae
"What is reincarnation?" the cowpoke asked his friend.
His pal replied it happens when your life has reached its end.
They comb your hair and wash your neck and clean your fingernails,
And lay you in a padded box away from life's travails.
The box and you go in a hole that's been dug in the ground.
Reincarnation starts in once you're planted 'neath the mound.
Them clods melt down just like your box and you who is inside,
And then you're just beginning' on your transformation ride.
In a while some grass will grow upon your rendered mound,
'Till one day on your lonely grave a single flower is found.
Then say, a horse, should wander by and graze upon this flower,
That once was you but now's become your vegetative bower.
Now this poesy that the hoss ate up with his other feed,
Makes bone and fat and muscle essential to the steed.
But some is left that he can't use and so it passes through.
And finally lays upon the ground this thing that once was you.
Then say by chance I wander by and find this object on the ground.
I ponder and I wonder at this thing that I have found.
I think of reincarnation, of life and death and such,
And come away concluding, you ain't changed all that much!
>From the album "The Cowboy Way"
Performed by Riders in the Sky
Copyright MCA Records 1987 (and probably some other folks, too)
Yours in the Scouting spirit,
Dan O'Canna [firstname.lastname@example.org] Lexington, Ky
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