I’ll Climb This Tree

“You can’t fall if you don’t climb.  But there’s no joy in living your whole life on the ground.”  I have no idea who said this, but it reminded me of the song ‘Liberty’ that Jerry Garcia used to play.  Walt Whitman once said, “We must all be foolish at times, it is one of the conditions of liberty.”  You can take the easy route and live your life by sticking to your daily routine being afraid to go outside of your comfort zone.  But if you want to enjoy your life and be happy, you should take some risks, which will allow you to achieve extraordinary results.  Birds should not be walking, because they were made to fly.

Saw a bird with a tear in his eye
Walking to New Orleans my oh my
Hey, now, Bird, wouldn’t you rather die
Than walk this world when you’re born to fly?

If I was the sun, I’d look for shade
If I was a bed, I would stay unmade
If I was a river I’d run uphill
If you call me you know I will
If you call me you know I will

Ooo, freedom
Ooo, liberty
Ooo, leave me alone
To find my own way home
To find my own way home

Say what I mean and I don’t give a damn
I do believe and I am who I am
Hey now Mama come and take my hand
Whole lotta shakin’ all over this land

If I was an eagle I’d dress like a duck
Crawl like a lizard and honk like a truck
If I get a notion I’ll climb this tree
or chop it down and you can’t stop me
Chop it down and you can’t stop me

Ooo, freedom
Ooo, liberty
Ooo, leave me alone
To find my own way home
To find my own way home

Went to the well but the water was dry
Dipped my bucket in the clear blue sky
Looked in the bottom and what did I see?
The whole damned world looking back at me

If I was a bottle I’d spill for love
Sake of mercy I’d kill for love
If I was a liar I’d lie for love
Sake of my baby I’d die for love
Sake of my baby I’d die for love

Ooo, freedom
Ooo, liberty
Ooo, leave me alone
To find my own way home
To find my own way home
I’m gonna find my own way home

Written for Stine Writing – Poetry, Positivity, and Connecting! Simply 6 Minutes hosted by Christine Bialczak.

8 thoughts on “I’ll Climb This Tree

    1. Garcia took great pride in his guitars, and although he played many in his career, there are five that are truly noteworthy which are named Alligator, Wolf, Tiger, Rosebud and Lighting Bolt. It was Graham Nash who gave Garcia’s customized 1957 Fender Stratocaster the name Alligator. Garcia had an instrument built by Doug Irwin which had the Wolf logo incorporated into its design. Irwin went all out on the next guitar that he created for Garcia spending six full years making the guitar known as Tiger. Irwin created Rosebud next for Garcia which was a twin of Tiger, though it was two pounds lighter. Lightning Bolt was created by yacht builder Stephen Cripe.

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      1. I forgot about Alligator…that is the one I was thinking of…though I did like Wolf also. I’m more a traditional guitar shape guy…just a personal preference…the last three probably played better than the first two.

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