Geoffrey Fafard


Blues Trade - Poem by Geoffrey Fafard

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Well I slid on down to the crossroads
In the darkest hour of night
I will trade you here on the delta
my soul for to see the light
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I aint no crawling king snake
the wind don't know my name
I been finished with spirit messin
Don't force me to take the blame
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You sung a medley to me of hard times
more than 12 bars of a song gone bad
I cried to you for mercy
It just made you wail so sad
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The wind comes a howlin down
The empty road I'm walkin on
These blues run up my bad luck day
The safety's broke and gone
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I tried to love the thought
That I wasn't walking with the dead
But no luck was mine sept bad
cause I was runnin with them instead
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Its late now you see
The yellow moon on the wane
and in the cold light of it
My song will be of pain
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I'm standin here at the crossroads
In the darkest hour of night
Please don't trade me here on the delta
Cause I am the bluesman of black light
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Poet's Notes about The Poem

I dreamt of someone stealin my guitar. I awoke and it was gone!

Comments about Blues Trade by Geoffrey Fafard

  • Paul Brookes (8/30/2016 1:53:00 PM)


    A great piece of blues writing I sang it ad lib and it sounded great thanks (Report) Reply

    Geoffrey Fafard Geoffrey Fafard (8/30/2016 8:51:00 PM)

    Fantastic feedback… Made me pull out some blues harp albums and put these words to them …you gotta have a go…Thanks Paul.

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  • Rajnish Manga (8/26/2016 11:15:00 PM)


    A tinge of sadness stretching to cover the atmosphere from yellow moon down to the solemn scene on the earth. It is an immense masterpiece. Thanks & Congrats to you.
    I cried to you for mercy / It just made you wail so sad
    and in the cold light of it / My song will be of pain
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    Geoffrey Fafard Geoffrey Fafard (8/26/2016 11:29:00 PM)

    Rajnish. All deals done in the moonlight come with a tinge of sadness.. you are so right. I am both appreciative and in awe of your comments.Thank you so much.Geoffrey.

  • (8/26/2016 4:27:00 PM)


    I love verse that can be sung though I'm no singer and no guitar player either.
    But this has a great melody to it. This one gives me the same feeling as the Spanish poet, Garcia Lorca's gypsy songs. Great piece, Geoffrey
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    Geoffrey Fafard Geoffrey Fafard (8/26/2016 6:27:00 PM)

    Thanks Tom.Even now you evoke some memories of Spain when you speak of Garcia Lorca. I am very happy to hear that you picked up on the melody of this. Never imagined having a song in me.. There you go.Thank you so much.

  • Pamela Sinicrope (8/26/2016 12:56:00 PM)


    The bluesman of black light speaks! So sorry to hear your guitar was stolen, I'd love to hear you sing your song and strum along. I love that PH selected a blues song for Poem of the Day. Lovely poem from the Delta. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

    Geoffrey Fafard Geoffrey Fafard (8/26/2016 6:21:00 PM)

    Pamela.I really appreciate your comments.I do not sing much these days but when I do my old dog comes and sits and listens.Sometimes I think she might be a little deaf…! but what the hell ha ha.As they say..Ya just gotta love the blues. Thank you so much.

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (8/26/2016 8:02:00 AM)


    Its late now you see
    The yellow moon on the wane
    and in the cold light of it
    My song will be of pain

    Wow. What a lovely poem with all these beautiful stanzas. Thanks for sharing this with us.10+ for the poem.
    Subhas
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    Geoffrey Fafard Geoffrey Fafard (8/26/2016 6:16:00 PM)

    Subhas. Your words of encouragement are so appreciated.Thank you indeed for reading.Geoff.

  • Barry Middleton (8/26/2016 6:20:00 AM)


    Geoffrey, are you a delta guy? Take a look at my Born to be Blue if you have the time. Congratulations on poem of the day. (Report) Reply

    Geoffrey Fafard Geoffrey Fafard (8/26/2016 7:09:00 AM)

    Yes Barry…been in love with the blues a long, long time. I don't know about being good enough to be a delta man but I pull out the old 3 string cigarbox now and again and slide a tune or two out on the back porch…! I will look at Born to be Blue now.Thank you. Geoffrey.

  • Edward Kofi Louis (8/26/2016 3:22:00 AM)


    But no luck was mine! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

    Geoffrey Fafard Geoffrey Fafard (8/26/2016 3:38:00 AM)

    You are so right Edward.Thank you for your thoughts…Geoffrey.

  • Kelly Kurt (8/26/2016 2:06:00 AM)


    I can almost hear the accompanying guitar with this piece. Maybe a stand up bass too. (Report) Reply

    Geoffrey Fafard Geoffrey Fafard (8/26/2016 2:29:00 AM)

    Yep Kelly…You got it figured…! good stuff my friend.

  • Kim Barney (8/26/2016 12:31:00 AM)


    Sorry about your guitar, but congratulations on poem of the day! A fascinating poem. (Report) Reply

    Geoffrey Fafard Geoffrey Fafard (8/26/2016 1:17:00 AM)

    Thanks so much Kim. I am stunned that P/H chose this for poem of the day.It is a piece I wrote many many years ago when I was going through that whole Robert Johnson thing and Crossroads era.I am somewhat amazed that they chose this.Cheers, Geoffrey.

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, July 27, 2013

Poem Edited: Monday, July 29, 2013


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