Sunday, June 3, 2012

Honky Tonk Blues

Bill Doggett ~~ February 1916 - November 1996 

Gonna sit myself down

Churn out some of that

Old time honky tonk music

I'm feelin' be-boppin' crazy

Rip roarin' ready

Finger snappin' groovy

Flowin' with the rhythm

Write that song while I

Move to the beat

Snap my gum

Tap my feet

Boogie-woogie, ragtime

It's in my core

I'm a honky tonk woman

And a whole lot more


  1. I love 50s music! Memories of the ether and then the crib, for me!

  2. I like the flow and beat of this ~ Great response ~

  3. So this is "groovy"? The 50s have become a black hole in my thinking. I don't seem to remember much, except that I must have been in school then. Glad your memories are better than mine.

    Ciao for niao.

  4. I never felt at home in the Fifties, but the music was the foundation of all that came after. All the rock and roll there is started then. Great tribute.

  5. I love it. And LOVE that great image of a train up top.......

  6. me, too, that TRAIN!
    your poem reminds me of a children's book "charlie parker played be-bop." i know, different music, but the rhythm of your poem reminds me of it, one of my children's very favorite books to hear me read out loud.

  7. This is such a wonderful lively response to the blues prompt. I enjoyed every line.

  8. Love them blues...
    Are you attending the Portland's Blues Festival on the Fourth?

  9. What a celebration!! I love these lines:

    "I'm feelin' be-boppin' crazy

    Rip roarin' ready

    Finger snappin' groovy"


  10. Wonderful lyrics.....and as you know I'm a 50's person too. Good times!

  11. Wow, you are so good with words Helen. You are definitely a Honky Tonk woman and a whole lot more!

  12. Liked your poem! I was around in the 50s at school! Remembered *I'm Gonna Sit Right Down* but it was the swinging sixties that I really remember...... though I was a young mum bringing up 2 babies most of that time!

    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

  13. Hi Helen...I haven't been by in awhile....who knew moving at 62 into a 5,000 sq. ft home would be work???.......but I love your header.....I have a huge roll up map of the country with the Union Pacific logo on top....probably from the 1930's.....the Boss is a train collector....Have a great weekend....Sue

  14. Helen, I love love, love this poem! Makes me want to dance--though honestly I never need too much encouragement:-) such fun words and great rhythm