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The Ballad of Crazy Old Al
by Linda Dousay

Monday, July 17, 2006
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There was a young fellow named Al
who lived on a farm in the South—
He slept in a woodshed and grew up on cornbread
and milk from a sour old cow.

But Al learned to love the old cow.
He promised her they would get out—
They reached a solution, a firm resolution
that sweetened their days in the south.

Then one day while climbing a hill,
poor Al found a two-dollar bill.
It bought him a ticket right out of that thicket
providing the deepest of thrills.

He packed all his clothes in a sack
and told the cow he would be back,
but it wasn’t much longer till Al was the owner
of silks and a black Cadillac!

He learned to live high on the hog
and seldom looked back on the bog,
till a lady one night, in the midst of a fight
threw wine on his favorite rug!

Now Al loved the lady, I’m sure—
but Al loved his Persian rug more.
So, Al took to screaming, “You crazy old demon,

Get out of my house! Shut the door!”

Well, the lady left crazy old Al
alone in his smelly old house,
but Al had been drinking, and now he was thinking

of home and a sweet little cow.

So Al left the bright side of life
with all of its trouble and strife
for days on the farm with a haystack and barn—
and Al took the cow for his wife!

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Reviewed by Susan Sonnen 7/18/2006

Reviewed by Peter Paton 7/18/2006

A very humourous and fun loving ditty, that packs a powerful message..

We should always be content with our lot, and strive to build on our

You have an endearing way of delivering a salient lesson wrapped up in candy !

Reviewed by Felix Perry 7/18/2006
See now that wasn't so hard to post. LOL Actually I love it and it did bring a big smile to my face first thing in the morning so thank you. Though humourous it is also a good life learning lesson on the old adage that the grass is not always greener on the other side. Well done Linda, well done.

Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 7/18/2006
Reviewed by J. Allen Wilson 7/17/2006
The title caught my attention for obvious reasons...I enjoyed this little journey you envisioned...

Reviewed by Sandie Angel 7/17/2006
A fun to read story! Hope Al has learnt his lesson and be good to his wife.

Sandie May Angel a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o)
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