|Photo courtesy of Claudia of "dVerse"|
(Inspired by Judy Garland's & Bobby Darin's Train Medley below)
Sentimental journey, I'm goin' home,
whistle blowin' down the lonesome road.
I'm travelin'; lookin' up
and lookin' down, but
Gabriel I have yet to see.
I've traveled to Oz and to Sante Fe,
with and without a reservation,
but now I'm goin' home
and I long to hear
the "All Aboard".
I'm travelin' towards heaven
via the railroad tracks,
perhaps still yearnin'
for a bit of roamin'...
but now I'm travelin'
a sentimental journey home,
the trains a-callin',
the lonesome whistle
callin' me home,
announcin' the "All Aboard".
Yes, I'm traversin'
a sentimental journey back in time,
riding the Atchison, Topeka
and the Santa Fe.
Old and grey I may be,
but not too old for this holiday.
Feelin' a bit lonely as I travel along
thinkin' of all my cares and lows,
but headin' towards the blue horizon
holdin' your memory in my arms.
I'm lookin' down
the not-so-lonesome road
singin' on the railroad,
not so lonely anymore.
Lookin' up to see the maker
with you holdin' out your arms,
standing next to Gabriel
I'm glad I boarded the train
at the Pennsylvania Station
and stopped my roamin'
as my yearnin' heart needed
this sentimental journey home.
compilation of words by Margaret Bednar (many words selected and condensed from "The Train Medley" sung by Judy Garland and Bobby Darin), Art Happens 365, September 19, 2011
This is for dVerse Poetics and the subject is trains. I can never think of trains without remembering my youth and belting out the songs sung by Judy Garland (and something I still do to this day!). The above poem is taken from the song lyrics below and I don't claim them as my words but as a "medley" of all of the great songs they represent. (I certainly hope this isn't plagiarism!)
I so missed "the train" for "Poetics" so am linking this post up to dVerse Open Link Night. At the time I linked up there were already 80!!!! poetry links. So, GO CHECK OUT THE TALENT! :)
Kevin Spacey directed and starred as Bobby Darin in the movie "Beyond the Sea". The reviews are mixed and I noticed a comment stating there is a disclaimer at the end of the film "although there was some truth to the story line, much was added for dramatic effect..." Why does Hollywood do this to biographies... I read quite a bit on Darin's life, and I think it was pretty amazing and interesting without adding false things. Oh well, perhaps I will still give it a try.
It looks like I missed the deadline for linking my poem to the "Train" post, but I still encourage you to check out the above dVerse link!
Below is a wonderful YouTube video of Judy Garland and Bobby Darin singing a train medley. (Let's hope it doesn't get yanked!)
Below are three sketches I have drawn of Judy Garland in the past: