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Blame it on Daylight Savin's Time
Hal Swift


I remember once, back in Indiana,
when things started gettin’ strange,
they’s a big discussion about the cause,
by the boys at the county Grange.

Strange things was happenin’ to ever’one,
none of it really a crime.
But the general feelin’ was it all was caused
by your Daylight Savin’s Time.

One ol’ boy said that all of ‘is cows,
got picky about what they ate.
Another said his hens stopped layin’
‘cause bedtime come too late.

The hands missed breakfast because it was served
a long time before they woke.
The roosters crowed an hour before sunup,
and the pigs all thought it’s a joke.

The kids all had to get up in the dark,
an’ you know that weren’t no fun.
They was hundreds of things folks had to do,
and do ‘em without no sun.

Yeah, strange things happened to ever’one,
and it made no reason or rhyme.
But the general feelin’ was it all was caused
by your Daylight Savin’s Time.

© by Hal Smith.
Used with the author’s permission.

Hal Swift (1928 - 2016) was born in Speedway City, Indiana, on the 25th anniversary of the Wright brothers' flight at Kitty Hawk. When he was eight years old, his family moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where, as a teenager, Hal learned to play a bass fiddle. He worked with local cowboy musicians such as Marty Robbins, and played with the Phoenix Concert Orchestra. He went on to become a popular radio host and was inducted into the Nevada Broadcast Association Hall of Fame after a 50-year career. That career took a different direction, briefly, while Hal served in the U.S. Navy as a Morse code radio operator. Hal's diverse interests included martial arts, building model ships and airplanes, cartooning, semantics and, of course, writing. Learn more about him here.

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Delightful. I don't mind gettin' up in the dark with no stars. Got somethin' to wait for...just let it dawn on ya' ...
Posted 03/10/2013 11:00 AM
What a great poem for "Spring Forward Day." Was it Abraham Maslow who said "A first-rate soup is more creative than a second-rate painting?" I think so. Cowboy Poetry Rocks.
Posted 03/10/2013 10:45 AM

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