Jim and Joe were hanging high on the strings of their harmonica and guitar.  They had been asked to join a band—right here in  Castle House.  The old house had done its duty during the castle/moat era.  Now it was ready for a new atmosphere.

The band was ready to make it happen—change the Castle to a Country Roundup Rally.  They are excited about their new love song called, “Drag On.”  It is a ballad of a time when hearts are lonely and time seems heavy.  Couples especially grab the tissues when they hear the last two lines: 

             but we are going to hold on  (Okay, guys, hit and hold that sound)**

             Let the lonely nights come on  (harmonica hold the blue note)

            Lonely hours are hard to hang on, (don’t wear that silly grin)

             the days are blue as  hours drag on.  (don’t need a British Bulldog look either)                                                                     

            (guitar holds long twanging sound during the “drag on” phrase.)

An amazing thing happened just at the time the guitar twanged out the B chord for the words “drag on.”  A monstrous dragon appeared.  Just as the monster started to chomp its teeth into the Castle House, it changed its notion causing it to withdraw and start its cumbersome journey back to the ocean.


Lesson learned:  Words are powerful—East, West, North, or South;

                          Be careful of the words that come out of your mouth!

**(words in parentheses are instructions for the music director)


Picture prompt https://lifeafter50forwomen.com/2021/08/09/what-do-you-see-94/

Image credit; Sean Thomas @ Unsplash

Tagged #Tagged What Do You See? WDYS

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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5 Responses to DRAG ON – A LOVE BALLAD

  1. Frank Hubeny says:

    Good illustration in the story that words are powerful.

  2. Faye says:

    WOW! A thought-provoking illustration thank you.

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