Ben Crane - Drums, Bass, Hammond, Telecaster
Frank Peters- Vocals
One morning in the early spring I was looking in the bush beside the cabin and I saw a little owl sitting on a branch of a poplar tree. As I watched, she suddenly took a dive into the snow and came up with a mouse. This was pretty cool to watch and then I thought of all the stories that I had read that had owls in them; ‘Tom Sawer’ and ‘Huck Fin’, ‘I Heard The Owl Call my Name’, and I thought of how Owls are often seen as harbingers of death. I also remembered the day my dad died when I was six years old. I tried to make a collage of it all in this song.
Key of E – Bluesy E/A7/E/A7 Break E/G/A7/E
Hoot Owl gliding in the twilight. Sets in yonder tree.
Hoot Owl starin’ in the window; an I swear she’s a lookin’ for me.
Oh I ain’t ready to go son, No I ain’t made my peace.
But the Hoot Owl’s starin’ in the window and she’s starting to frighten me.
Many years ago when I was a young lad playing by the apple tree.
A great grey owl came swooping down and stole my pa from me.
We didn't hear her come and we didn't hear her go; She struck so silently.
But I can hear her now, hootin’ in the night and I know she's a callin' for me.
Hoot Owl gliding in the twilight; shadows cast by the moon.
Hoot Owl callin' in the midnight; calling out my doom.
Come daybreak if I’m still a part of the earth-bound family.
Gonna grab an axe and gonna grab saw and I’m gonna take down that tree.
Hoot Owl out in the back yard. Sitting in a yonder tree.
I don’t like her starin’ in the window; sucking my soul from me.
Break - E/G/A7/E
Pinkish sky in the morning, Pretty sunrise for me.
Buzzing of the bees and the buzzing of the saw, and the Hoot Owl’s she’s sitting by the eave.
Oh I ain’t ready to go son; no won’t you please let me be!
But that Hoot Owl’s starin’ in my eyes now, and my heart give a frightful squeeze.
I ain’t ready to go, No no no no, I ain’t made my peace.
But the sky turned black (stop). In the shadow of the shack (stop)
And I see e-ter-nity.
©Francis H Peters Jan 15, 2012 ‾ SOCAN