The Ballad of Burnis and Josie

 

The Ballad of Burnis and Josie

 

They came from the mountain of spirits and saints where fantasy mingles with faith.  Chiseled by carvers of Kentucky’s black coal and forged in the furnace of grace

His mind was as tough as the land they were from, but his heart was soft as a lamb,        So the young girl he married and carried away was safe in her fine suitor’s hand.

Singing, I know a better way, a better way there must be                                                      And I see a brighter day layin’ ahead can’t ya see

 He took her away from the land of her kin and the mountain that she knew by heart,   Till he found his good fortune in Baltimore’s yards welding by hour and part.

 Then one day he boarded a vessel of war and headed for Normandy’s bay.                       But while in those places the face of his bride was never much out of his way.

 Singing, I know a better way, a better way there must be                                                    And I see a brighter day, layin’ ahead can’t ya see

He saw many sailors buried at sea and their firstborn was laid in the grave,                     But God’s gentle mercy would give them two more so they dressed them in denim and lace.

 So with his young family and the skill of his hand he settled just north of Detroit,   Where he made a fine livin’ in automobiles and never was he unemployed

Singing, I know a better way, a better way there must be                                                       And I see a brighter day, layin’ ahead don’t ya see

 For 70 years she stayed by his side, bringing him coffee and treats                                   And he always called her, “My pretty blue eyes,” even when those eyes grew weak

 Singing, I know a better way, a better way there must be                                                        And I see a brighter day, waiting for you and for me

 

                                                                                                      By Ken Shelton, August 4, 2011                                                                                                             For my father’s 87th birthday



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