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The prairie surface seems alive. The wind’s out of the west.
The grass, its cadence like a dance, keeps rhythm without rest.
The song, a lonely tune it sings;
A longing in my heart it brings
For when I rode those range lands far and wide.
Those days of old are memories, now cobwebs in my mind
That weave a web of tales to tell, a history to bind
My life, a cache of days long past.
My mind drifts back to hold them fast.
I must not lose them with the changing tide.
For I am old now. In my chair I rock upon a porch.
Come listen to my stories, please, and know my burning torch
For I may not be with you long.
My western ways and cowboy song
Will cross o’er with me to the other side.
I know you’re rushed. Your days are full with all there is to do.
I know it’s hard to take the time, but let me share with you
A life from which there’s much to learn,
Worth more than in an hour you’d earn.
So listen. With this old cowboy, abide.
© 2010, Almeda Terry Bradshaw
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About Almeda Terry Bradshaw:
Though born and raised a town girl, all she wanted was to be a cowgirl. Almeda spent hours riding the range of her imagination in a swing set saddle, and when tall enough, she threw a leg up on the family’s trusty propane tank and rode off into many a sunset. Almeda has written journals, poetry and songs for over forty years. Most recently, she has been putting vintage poetry to music, specifically the work of Canadian Rhoda Sivell, from Rhoda Sivell's 1911 book, Voices from the Range. Find information about the CD with those works below.
Lovers, Wives & Mothers: A Western Woman's Voice
Heavenly Here With You by Almeda Bradshaw
Colors in the Rain by Bette Wolf Duncan
Davy, Don't You Know by Almeda Bradshaw
Cold as Clay by Almeda Bradshaw
Rosa May by Dave Stamey
The Love of Lottie Johl by Almeda Bradshaw
Hallie Lonnigan by Tom Russell
Daddy's Bells by Colen Sweeten
Crazy Mary by Dave Stamey
Parker Eyes of Blue by Almeda Bradshaw
Somewhere in the Rubies Tonight by Ian Tyson
Find order information at almedam2bmusic.com
Read Rick Huff's review here.
In September, 2010, Almeda was invited to perform at the Esplanade Archives in Medicine Hat, Alberta, where there was also an exhibit about Rhoda Sivell.
Voices from the Range
Come with Me to the Old Range
Voices from the Range
The Range Call
They Keep A-Stealing on You in the Night
The Cow Girl
Our Last Ride
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