Are My Roots Showing?

The chronicle of this woman's perpetual game of hide-and-seek with her ancestors

Just Make Up the Lyrics Challenge: Maternal Line

March 18th, 2014

About 5 years ago, Bill West challenged the Geneabloggers to put their ancestors’ names to song lyrics.  He’s brought that challenge again, and this is my [weak] attempt.

I heard this song on the radio the other day and I couldn’t help but notice how readily the chorus lent itself to a genealogy ditty.  I will never be able to hear this song the original way again …

 

(To the tune of “Draggin’ the Line” by Tommy James)

 

Gallaghers living the old, hard way,

Liquor and fraud is their day by day.

The Heerdinks are putting the crazies out in the sunshine

Maternal line (maternal line)

 

Marriage, divorce, and joy and sorrow

They ain’t got much, and what they’ve got’s borrowed

Made sure I won’t find land records at any point in time

Maternal line (maternal line)

 

I feel fine

No telling what I will find

I’m gonna take my time

I’m getting to good times

Maternal line (maternal line)

 

Trying to follow the money supply

Fraud and deceit, were you a wise guy?

Diggin’ up more than you ever thought I might

Maternal line (maternal line)

Maternal line (maternal line)

 

I feel fine

No telling what I will find

I’m gonna take my time

I’m getting to good times

Maternal line (maternal line)

 

Do we share any ancestors?

Please email me at lostancestors [at] gmail [dot] com


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  • Jeanne Grill says on: March 18, 2014 at 3:53 pm

     

    Good job, Jen! I sang the whole thing!!

  • JennyLanctot says on: March 18, 2014 at 4:47 pm

     

    Thanks, Aunt Jeanne! You’ll never hear that song the same way again :)

  • Bill West says on: March 18, 2014 at 5:01 pm

     

    Great job! I could hear it being sung as I read it!

    • JennyLanctot says on: March 18, 2014 at 5:10 pm

       

      Thanks Bill! It’s been stuck in my head all day.

  • Dorene from Ohio says on: April 26, 2014 at 7:56 am

     

    Loved your lyrics!

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Are My Roots Showing?

The chronicle of this woman's perpetual game of hide-and-seek with her ancestors