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Albuquerque (song)
by Leland Waldrip

Saturday, September 26, 2009
Rated "G" by the Author.
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I posted this poem a few weeks ago. In the interim I’ve had it set to (country and western) music.
Click here, to download Albuquerque.wma. It takes a couple of minutes to download, so maybe get a cup of coffee? You may also want to minimize the player to be able to read along with the song.

East’s so pretty, but too dang wet,
Damp and humid, breathin’s hard,
And the biggest bugs you ever met,
Get in th’ house from out in th’ yard,

Can’t go walkin’ the woods about,
‘Less ticks you want to stick on you,
Itchin’ chiggers could do without,
Swarmin’ gnats, an’ deer flies too.

Pack my bags for Albuquerque,
Cuttin’ a trail an’ headin’ West,
May seem t'you a bit too quirky,
But a big dry sky fits me best.

A real close look at what one sees,
With specks for cows an' horses too,
Lonesome ranch in a bunch o’ trees,
Invitin’ to me, th’ whole day through.

Desert’s got critters t’ be aware,
Tooth an’ claw some pain can bring,
‘Neath rocks an’ cactus hide their lair,
Spring t’ bite ‘n stab their sting.

My bags’r bound for Albuquerque,
I’m settin’ sail an’ headin’ West,
May seem a might too quirky,
But a western sky fits me th’ best.

But pack my bags for Albuquerque,
Make a trail an’ head out West,
Leavin' where th' sky's too murky,
Big dry sky’s done passed my test.

YahoooooOO! Albuquerque!
Hot air b’loons — October fest!
Gotta seem a damn bit quirky —
But I got my bags, I'm headin’ west!

© 2009 R. Leland Waldrip
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Reviewed by George Warholak 11/9/2014
Bravo! Even Wichita, Kansas is better than the east. Nice poem.
Reviewed by Susan Schmitt (Reader) 1/20/2011
Oh this was great! I played this for my hubby and he got misty eyed. He is originally from Cerrillos NM about halfway between Alburquerque and Santa Fe off Route 14. You want to talk about a quirky town that is it. You couldn't have described the east coast any better. I'm a native Marylander and I get frustrated with it.
Reviewed by Ed Trimm (Reader) 9/29/2009
What a great song, cuz! Makes me want to head out west again.

Eddie Trimm

Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 9/27/2009
Wow, what a special treat, this is just fantastic!!!

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 9/27/2009
Giddy-up, Leland. Great song. I am a little (but pleasantly) surprised at having this side of your creative spirit revealed. Love and peace,

Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 9/27/2009
YeeeeeHawwwww! Ya' done a Hawt Diggidy Dawg good writtin' on this, Pard! Is that you'n on the geeetar, too? Dang good song...dang good crooner :o)
How many more of your talents are you hiding from us, Leland? Enjoyed this much...
Blessings and Love - Micke
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 9/27/2009
With your usual precision, you pulled this one off. A nice, catchy tune with a message. The singing and playing are first rate. Did you do either?

Reviewed by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations 9/27/2009
YAAAAAAHOOOOOOO!!! Move over, Tim McGraw, Leland Waldrip is here to stay! LOL! Wow, my dearest friend, this is really good... you're a man of endless talents, now I'm more certain than ever!
Lots of warm country {{{{{{{{{{Hugs}}}}}}}}}} and love from the Portuguese country girl
(Btw... Albuquerque is a Portuguese name, so this song may have had some Portuguese "blessings" from afar!)
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 9/27/2009
LOVELY!!!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 9/27/2009
Hey! Future hall of fame song writer, nice work. I've been tempted to try something like that, may look around one of these days for some local talent to put my words to music. Oh, loved the song, but it is the words that do it for me.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 9/27/2009
Take me with you, Leland! A beautiful, whimsical song. :) Well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

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