“Short One Paddle for a Row”

I wrote this a while back as a blues song. If only I could hear Taj Mahal bring it to life! Check his “Ain’t nobody’s business but my own.”

I met him once, had my picture taken with him. Wish I could find it for you! But, you know. I’ll find it when I ain’t lookin’. 

I’m ain’t hungry ’cause I got my tunes

Ain’t thirsty, ’cause I’ve paid my dues

Hope you don’t mind me sayin’

But I sure like playin’ these blues, uh huh.

I sure like playing’ these blues.

I got the flow going, but my boat’s kinda slowin’

I’m just one paddle short of a row

You know

I’m just short one paddle for a row.

I ain’t weary ’cause I dreamed all day

Stayed up all night just to here myself play

I’m not sleep deprived

’cause I just arrived

I’m just little tired ’round the edges, but hey!

I got that sultry timing’, just ain’t so good at ryhmin’

I’m just two jiggers short of a lime

But I’m fine.

I’m just two nickels short of a dime.

So if you think you hear me comin’

hit the road and start a thumbin’

just float me down an oar a’fore you go

Cause I’m short one paddle for a row, you know.

I’m just short one paddle for a row.

But I sure like playin’ these blues, uh huh.

I sure like playing’ these blues.


Published by

Carolyn Dennis-Willingham

Carolyn is the author of two published books – No Hill for a Stepper, 2001, and The Last Bordello, 2016. Her third novel, The Moonshine Thicket, is set in 1928 and is currently enduring a professional edit. When not on her laptop, she serves as a lap top for her grandchildren. She is a retired Early Childhood Specialist, a fitness boxer, artist, and a ball thrower for her ever-persistent mini Aussie. In addition to her blogging website, carolyndenniswillingham.com, you may find her on Facebook and Twitter.

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