~ An Hour With You~


When Daddy got out his fiddle
Friends and neighbors gathered 'round
It wasn't fancy and was far from new
Just one from a thrift store he had found

Daddy had always wanted a fiddle
From the time he was just a young boy
It was a luxury the family couldn't afford
One he knew he would never enjoy

Until the day he passed that store
And saw a used one on display
But when he saw the asking price
With a heavy heart he walked away

Every afternoon when school let out
He walked by and looked at that fiddle
Then offered the owner three dollars down
Said he'd work off the balance little by little

In three month's time that fiddle was his
He carried it proudly from that store
Daddy never was one to ask for things
But he had never wanted anything more

He cleaned that fiddle and polished it
Until the finish looked brand new
Bought new strings and put them on
But still my Daddy wasn't through

There was one little teeny tiny thing
He thought to himself with a frown
He had never played a fiddle in all his life
But that wouldn't get him down

He started practicing to the family's chagrin
On that very special fiddle he'd bought
He learned to play better than any pro
And was completely and thoroughly self-taught

None of his children every learned to play
We just loved listening to the tunes
He played for us as we danced around
Every Saturday afternoon

Ah, such fun when he played his fiddle
I can still hear it to this very day
But melodies never came from it again
After the day that Daddy went away

Kathleen McCoy EldridgeŠ
July 17, 2006



Music: " Bile 'em Cabbage Down"
Free Midis
Performed by: Janis Wilson
Musician: Janis Wilson
Used With Permission

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