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A Tucson Morning
Thank You, Tucson...
A summer sky, a brand new day,
The sun is high, no cloud in the way.
The smell of the Southwest is in the air,
It numbs my senses till I have no care.
The Creosote plant and the Cactus Bloom, too,
Clear my brain, and help me do what I must do.
The mountain stripes change color with each twist of the Sun,
Horseshoe-shaped ranges put on a show all day until it’s done.
When you look at all the sand and rock around,
Everything becomes so clean and fresh in this town.
A dry heat or a monsoon rain,
I like it there just the same.
The heat lightning cuts in the first darkness of night,
A spectacle in the heavens, and a beautiful sight.
The trails through the Saguaro show the way,
From valley to ridge, where I like to hike and play.
And dream of a place so simple and pure,
But in my thoughts for now…I’m already there for sure.
Oh Tucson…why do I like you so much…I can’t say.
You’re hot and dry…and way out in the desert…anyway.
Miles and miles of cactus and brush…is all I could see,
Your valley has them all…abundantly.
I guess…I enjoy always having a view of the mountain scenery.
Such a change from where I grew-up…in a Gulf Coastal Big City.
(*) “Thank You, Tucson!”… I guess that’s what I’m trying to say,
I’m grateful for every time that I have passed through your way.
To me…a wonderful desert city…way out in the Arizona West,
Of all the cities I’ve been through…I think I like you the best...
Which other city can I think of that when I think of…helps my mind be at rest!
To me that’s a very simple way to see which place can pass a “less-stress” test.
Maybe…I like the Mountains of the Southwest…a great deal,
Maybe…I have memories as a baby in El Paso that are too real.
Maybe…I don’t have to figure out just exactly how I feel,
Maybe…I’ll just make a move back to you…with out reservation or appeal.
And wake up each day from now on…as I leave without warning,
To a beautiful summer sky…of a bright Tucson Morning!
(*) “Thank You, Tucson!” Typical Stage Farewell Acknowledgement to all Host Families and Visitors to the show. Up With People, Dress Rehearsal, Cast D, 1986
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