To Willie and Mary

from FAWM 2020 by The Fishermen & the Priestess

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Me and a bunch of musicians rented an awesome house for the weekend to celebrate FAWM and make music together. Someone found a framed poem telling the story of the house and the couple that built it, so we decided to turn it into song by adding a chorus.

Credits go to:

@natenol
@littlespiral
@phylo
@gabrielmarcondes
@cnote
@elesimo

lyrics

Two generations back, before forty-eight,
Wilfred asked Mary Hall out on a date.
Little did she know, and nobody guessed
From that moment on their union was blessed.

They plighted their troth, (an old-fashioned phrase)
And swore to be faithful the rest of their days.
Willie solemnly promised, in front of the preacher,
What Mary needed to know, of the dairy, he'd teach her.

We're here at Granny's
Singing with old friends and new
Raising our glasses in honor of you
And the house will remember this too

"I can't promise to keep you in ermine and silk,
But I do guarantee we won't run out of milk.
And high on that hill a new home I'll be built in
I'll make it a big one, in case we have children.

The years started passing, along came son Randy,
And Will began his daily habit of candy.
Then Rick came, and Jan, Scott, Dedee and Kim,
Hopes of them stopping production seemed slim

Until Mary remembered, to the Bible she went
And adapted a phrase from the Old Testament
"Six times shalt thou labor, and then take a rest"
She quotes to Willie, "I've given by best."

We're here at Granny's
Singing with old friends and new
We raise our glasses in honor of you
And the house will remember this too

Their kids went to school, half a mile down the road.
So Willie decided to shoulder the load
And run for trustee, a responsible Dad,
He's been there 35 years, (dedicated or mad?)

For several years things were quiet, then darn it
They hired a teacher whose first name was Garnet.
The board had a hearing, where Willie presided
And on national T.V., the trustees decided
To hire a replacement. To come to the point,
They fired Ms. Brennan for smoking a joint.

We're here at Granny's
Being silly with friends old and new
Raising our glasses in honor of you
And the house will remember this too

Willie still sprays the thistles, they make him so sick it,
Led to him getting a one hundred buck ticket.
And they still have their poker, and New Year's Eve parties,
And family feasts, for that's where their heart is.
Plus trips to Will's cousins, way up in Seattle,
Where he can forget all about those damned cattle.

Look at them now, amid family and friends
The couple upon whom our community depends.
So I raise up my glass, and I drink me a toast,
To the couple with class, we love you the most.

We're here at Granny's
Being silly with old friends and new
We raise our glasses in honor of you
And the house will remember this too

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from FAWM 2020, track released February 1, 2020
Photo by David Barajas on Unsplash

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The Fishermen & the Priestess Bodega Bay, California

The fishermen and the priestess is the solo project of Beto Dealmeida, a musician interested in nature, vintage sounds and electronics.

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