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Desert Valley

Verse 1

There's a peaceful calm,
That consumes my soul
As the palms sway in the warm breeze

The sun is sitting high,
Above the mountain peaks
Ridin home thru the desert valley

Verse 2

Hear the wistful call,
Of a distant train
Stretched for miles next to the highway

As it slowly rolls on,
To destinations unknown
Ridin home thru the desert valley

Verse 3

A dried up riverbed,
Where once it is said
Overflowed with cool clear water

Now it serves as,
A lonesome coyote's (ki-yote) path
Goin home thru the desert valley


And when iíve seen my last sunrise
and the darkness begins to fill my eyes
how peacefull i will be
as i go home to my desert valley

Verse 4

On the trail ahead,
The swirling sand drifts by
As if to beckon me to follow

But the dunes piled high,
Is where they'll finally lie
I'll ride on home thru the desert valley
As i go home to my desert valley
Iím ridin home to my desert valley

© 1997, Dennis Hageman
This poem may not be reprinted or reposted without the author's written permission.


Dennis told us: The beautiful Southern California Coachella Valley desert is probably best known for the resort town of Palm Springs. However, what you need to know is that town is surrounded by rugged mountains and a sprawling desert sandbox filled with Joshua trees, Yucca plants, Sonora Cactus, Palm trees, an abundance of wildlife, and an endless line of railroad tracks running through the sand next to, and then splitting away from, the main highway disappearing into the horizon.

At times, in the winter, the mountains are even snowcapped, making it even more scenic. When the occasional rain does fall, the air is filled with the scent of fresh blooming sage, and when the warm desert breeze blows you can almost hear natures voice calling your name.

Traveling through the valley in the early morning is just so peaceful and calming.

That was and is the inspiration to this song.



About Dennis Hageman:
provided, 2014

Dennis was born in Hawthorne California. You can't get too much more "West" than that! Hawthorne was home to such musical greats as the "Beach Boys," "Emmett Rhodes and The Merry Go Round," and others.

Dennis and friend Johnny Horton

From the earliest age, Dennis seemed to be destined for the music of the West, as evidenced by this early picture of him teamed up with the legendary Country Western artist of the '50s and '60s, Johnny Horton. Although this collaboration was short lived, the seed had been planted.

Dennis' mother was a nightclub singer who performed various songs of the time on the radio and at numerous clubs in the Hollywood and Los Angeles area. She passed on her musical talent and enthusiasm to Dennis, encouraging him all along the way.

Early Nelson/Hageman

Through his formative years, there was always evidence of the Cowboy/Western destiny that awaited him, as seen in this early picture of him and his cousins, the Nelsons. Whom he learned to play guitar with, and would later be reunited with, to form the Country Western song writing team of Nelson/Hageman.

In the late '60s and early '70s, Dennis formed a band with some of his cousins and friends, which became very popular in Southern California. The group played the great Protest and Rock songs of the era. "The Barons," as they were known, played on stages with popular groups of the time, like The Palace Guards, The Association, The Midnighters, Strawberry Alarm Clock, The Turtles, etc., and at popular clubs, like The Hullabaloo, The Troubadour, The Rec, The Strand and many others, as well as local "Battle of The Bands."

In the late '70s and '80s, Dennis turned his attention to writing and performing original songs. He teamed with various songwriter/musicians to form a recording studio to do just that. The original songs were performed at clubs and showcased
throughout Los Angeles and the South Bay.

In the late '90s, he was reunited with his cousins, the Nelsons, with whom he wrote numerous Country/Western songs. The most popular being, "Closer to the Truth," "Santa Fe Lies," and "Not Exactly Totally Sober."

Dennis started to miss playing live. That's when a mutual friend introduced him to Bill Carson. They began jamming and eventually formed the group "The Lonesome Coyotes" which would evolve into  the "Moonlight Ramblers." When MR disbanded, he moved to Texas for 4 years. The Southern California desert kept calling to him, so he packed up and moved back to "ol' Cali" where the desert calmness and the scenic landscape inspired him to get back to writing.

The rest, or should I say best, is yet to come!



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