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THE PATTY DUKES
Cousins Juliet and Diana Strong sing sweet harmonies, old classics and family poems.
Four quatrains, written by our great uncle Ed Strong in his waning years about aging, death, and enduring love, set to music.
Were I a Tree
The Patty Dukes (Juliet Strong and Diana Strong) with Travis Hendrix, bass. Poem by great uncle Ed Strong (b. 1901), written at age 19 for his wife Gertrude. Were I a tree and you the wind, I'd sing you symphonies-- You need but pass for me to find My voice in singing leaves. Were I a tree and you the wind, I'd sing the soul of me; Of love to great for time to bind-- As big as is the sea. And would you hear the song of me, The love of me for you, Even if I were a tree When the wind came through?
Not Ready Yet
Not Ready Yet - poem by Ed Strong (our great uncle, 1901-1990), set to music by Juliet Strong and arranged by The Patty Dukes (cousin duo with Diana Strong). I'd like to rage I'd like in anger to tell A god of justice that I'm mad as hell I have a damage suit, why won't you hear? I can't so speak, there's no colossal ear I'm fortunate not driven by fear to plead For a reprieve, nor under desperate need For time to pay a debt or do a deed But still there is a book I want to read (*punctuation/line breaks are my guess, not looking at the original poems)
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