Thursday Inspiration #101 Ol’ Man River

Welcome to Thursday Inspiration, which I inherited from Paula.  This is a weekly picture and word prompt that hopefully will inspire you to write something creative, perhaps a poem or a piece of flash fiction, or maybe you want to write about a song.  I always enjoyed writing in this challenge and I am happy that Paula decided to turn it over to me after she did her 100th Thursday Inspiration post last week.  It is not really a music challenge, but I have always considered it to be one and I always enjoyed finding songs that went along with Paula’s prompt word, but if that is not your thing and you would rather write poetry or prose, just link it back to this post and I will read whatever you come up with.  I will continue responding to the prompt and this week I will write about the Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton song ‘Jail’, which never achieved much fame.

This week’s prompt is jail and it would be good if you could link this word to the image above, or perhaps you can listen to the American classic song ‘Ol’ Man River’, which was composed by Jerome Kern and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II for the musical Show Boat, which premiered in 1927 and was about life along the Mississippi River.  The song expresses both of hope and despair.  I remember the first time I was in jail, and there is not a lot you can it there.  As I waited to be released, I looked on the walls of my cell and saw a lot of stuff that looked like it had been written by bikers and it seemed like some guy named Kilroy may have been there.  I did see where somebody wrote, “If you can read this, you are in jail”, which I thought was very appropriate.  Next week I will discuss the song ‘Stuck On You’.

You and me, we sweat and strain,
Body all achin’ and racked with pain,
Tote that barge! And lift that bale!
Get a little drunk
And you lands in jail

7 thoughts on “Thursday Inspiration #101 Ol’ Man River

    1. Thanks Fandango, but you will be the only one. I prepared about 25 songs for this and I will continue for a while because I like the songs that I have chosen, but hosting a prompt that nobody shows up for is a bit depressing. Thursdays are tough, as Reena has her Exploration challenge and Michael has gotten Aseem Rastogi to take over Tale Weaver. Eugi does her weekly prompt on Thursdays and a new person took over for Sue Vincent and the Thursday photo prompt. Maybe this will catch on and if not I will just end it.

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