A Memory of Folk Songs and Mary Travers of Peter, Paul & Mary
So, it goes like this . . .
Thinking back to simpler times.
The year was 1970.
I had nine years of life in me.
One fine summer under an Alabama sky, the fire crackled and spit threats at us should we get to close.
Orange flamed ribbons rippled the air before us lighting our faces to a marigold hue.
Harsh shadows on our skins reflected us. We circled the dangerous energy that was so inviting.
Seven days of hiking, swimming and Girl Scout badges recede into the nightly circle of sunburned smiles and roasted marshmallow smores.
Giggly chatter of wiggling girls.
The guitar strummed…
And, quickly it silenced the chaos in our heads.
The leader sang a soft lullaby of Indian lore and magical places. Musical words that filled the spaces between cross-legged girls and developing bodies.
The guitar played on.
Words we knew… those we sang. Words we didn’t, those we’d hum.
Voices warmed and raised up with the magic of the flames to tickle the stars above us.
And, the guitar played on…
Thank you Mary Travers, and “Peter, Paul and Mary” for all of those wonderful campfire songs that I now sing with my own children… If I Had a Hammer
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