Music Shuffle Creative Writing Exercise

For this assignment I used “Red Clay Halo” by Gillian Welch, and I decided to use the lyrics to create a “found” poem.

All the girls all dance with the boys from the city
But I got no boat, so I’ll be good and muddy
And it shows on my Sunday clothes
Like a red clay robe with red clay wings 

And it’s under my nails and it’s under my collar
And they don’t care to dance with me
Though I do my best with the soap and the water
When it blows in a crimson tide

Now Jordan’s banks they’re red and muddy
And the red clay stains my feet
Now it ain’t my fault that the fields are muddy
It’s mud in the spring and it’s dust in the summer

And the rolling water is wide
But when I pass through the pearly gate
When it blows in a crimson tide
Will my gown be gold instead?

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  1. I really like this! I was unfamiliar with the song, so I wasn’t sure how similar it was to the original, but upon a listen, it’s rearranged for a totally different meaning, which is pretty cool, especially for the length of it when compared to how many lyrics are in a song that isn’t ten minutes long. Have you seen the found poem that Chris Lott and I wrote for a collaboration project? It’s here if you want to check it out!

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