A Lyric : Gumbo Child

Here is a lyric written a few years ago after a trip home. Like most people that feel deeply connected to their homelands, the Gulf Coast goes way beyond having friends and family still there. It is where my soul is connected. It’s in the scents of the Gulf and the paper mill, the texture of the sand and the grass. The Gulf Coast is such a mixture, a gumbo if you will. Influences of Spanish, French, English, Native American. Bible Belt and Beach Bums. Lower Alabama and Northern Carribean. It’s a wonderful blending of cultures and beliefs, sometimes conflicting but eventually bending, just like the warm breezes that come ashore.

Do you have the same connection to your home?  Life can lead you elsewhere, but home is always in your heart. I’d love to hear comments on your connections to home.

GUMBO CHILD

The home of my heart is on these white sands

Where the north shore laps against this Southern land

And Santa Rosa breezes are always freeing me

From the chains I feel but cannot see

I’m just a Gumbo Chiild goin’ flowin’ with the tides

Waves rollin’ in and out till they subside

It’s  the pull of my soul and another ride

For the Gumbo Child

Cowboy hats and old surfboards

Crawfish boils and half ton Fords

And Marley music ain’t no surprise

Under a full moon Hank Williams sky

I’m just a Gumbo Child goin’ flowin’ with the tides

Waves rollin’ in and out till they subside

It’s  the pull of my soul and another ride

For the Gumbo Child

Glenn Simmons

2006 Glenn Simmons Music

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One thought on “A Lyric : Gumbo Child

  1. That’s awesome, Glenn! Love the song!

    Yes, my connection is with South Florida and Miami. I was born and raised there, and left when I was 18 to seek my education (read: fame and fortune) in Music City. 😉 However, my soul is deeply connected with the ocean. I am at no greater peace than when I am sitting on a beach staring out at the vast expanse of water hitting the horizon…taking in the shades of blue as the sun soaks into my skin and the salty air seeps into my lungs…ahhhhhh…. now I’m getting homesick!

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