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The Wildwood Flower

Updated on October 6, 2014

By: Wayne Brown

Things ain’t been the same since Willie got that ol’ guitar

Says he needs time to practice if he’s gonna be a star

Now he don’t work, just sits on the porch hour after hour

Pickin’ that ol’ guitar and singin’ The Wildwood Flower

Now Willie ain’t never been one to work, not on his best day

He’d rather lay around and sleep or drink Jack and play

Now that he has that ol’ guitar he don’t even stop to shower

Just sits there on the porch playin’ The Wildwood Flower

The man down at the draft board said Willie ain’t fit to serve

Says he’s got things in his head, maybe a pinched nerve

But that don’t seem to stop him from singin’ hour upon hour

That one ol’ song we all know, The Wildwood Flower

Ol’ Willie went to the radio station and asked to be on the air

They paid him a little money to play a while over there

And after he had hit four or five high notes kind of sour

He just stopped and started to pickin’ The Wildwood Flower

Mama said we need to git down the road and leave ol’ Willie alone

She says he needs some time to practice and give his skills a hone

I got my doubts about just how much ignorance one can overpower

But Willie don’t pay no mind; keeps pickin’ The Wildwood Flower

Some things are certain and others are for sure down on the farm

Just ‘cause you got a guitar don’t mean the ladies you can charm

Willie done got the big head thinkin’ he’s got that star power

But the girls just giggle and run when he sings The Wildwood Flower

One day I’ll catch ol’ Willie sleepin’ and grab that ol’ guitar

I’ll strum them strings and sing a note, heck I might be a star

The girls will see my name in lights; all that electricity can power

And I’ll be up there on the stage singin’ The Wildwood Flower

Cause there’s one thing that I’m sure of; it won’t never change

There’s some songs Willie can’t sing ‘cause he ain’t got the range

Yeah, he sung with might near everyone; put out duets by the hour

But the one song that he don’t sing is that dadburn Wildwood Flower

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    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @Mimi721wis...And probably the joint he is smoking too! LOL! Willie just seems to want to perform music...the rest seems rather immaterial to him. WB

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      7 years ago

      Nice Wayne,I love Willie. Never met him but I've always thought of him as kindhearted man that would give anyone the bandanna off his head.

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @RealHousewife...Thank you...always appreciate your comments! WB

      @thebluestar...Glad I can be an inspiration. Poetry is a great alternative for me and it seems to help my writing in that it causes one to pick and choose words wisely. WB

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      Annette Donaldson 

      7 years ago from Northern Ireland

      You are a true star Wayne, this poem reminded me of my adventure into writing when I first started. Loved it, going to copy this one to give me encouragement on my low days. Up and beautiful. x

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      WB - up and awesome:)

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @Shitinski...I think I know you and I am so glad to hear from you on this one...glad you did marry your wildwood flower, you dawg! WB

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      7 years ago

      I married my Wildwood Flower. I know how to pick 'em too. Good job again WB.

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @saddlerider1...Got to dress them up before you take them out, Ken! LOL! WB

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      7 years ago

      Willie would be proud of you Wayne, you are not only a brilliant scribe by I can hear the Minstrel in you. Loved the licks by that guitar player. Well done. Up and awesome.

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @chamalchamikara....Thanks much,man! Glad you liked it! WB

      @Motown2Chitown...You got that one right! LOL! WB

      @Dim Flaxenwick...Thank you so glad you enjoyed it! WB

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      Dim Flaxenwick 

      7 years ago from Great Britain

      l was waiting for you to star singing....!!!! But the guitar playing was so fabulous, had to rate up and awesome.

      Not to mention the poem. Brilliant.

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      7 years ago

      I'm sure both Willies inhaled, Wayne...but only one of 'em will admit to it. :)

    • chamalchamikara profile image


      7 years ago from Sri Lanka

      it is cool

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @epigramman...Willie smokin' weed on the roof of the White House with Bill Clinton...makes you wonder if either one inhaled! LOL! Thanks Colin! WB

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      7 years ago

      ....well I love Willie almost as much as I love Wayne Brown's writing - well almost, and yes as you know Willie loves his 'smoke' so maybe this should be called the Wildwood Weed - lol - he's the only person I know that actually smoked a reefer on the roof of the White House (when Clinton was smoking Monica's cigar - lol)

      and if there is a man who is cooler than Willie than it's got to be Wayne Brown ...... or Slim Pickens!

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @Hypenbird...Good for you...have fun with it I say! Maybe I can get a record deal out of it if enough people sing it! WB

      @Fiddleman...Thanks much for that piece of history. I was unaware that A.P. had modified another song to get this one. He sure picked one with lasting power...guess it was in the chords and notes. WB

      @onlinearticlespk...of course it is! LOL! WB

      @DJ Funktual...I'll admit I have done my share of singing that ditty! LOL! WB have the same complaint my wife has about the guitar...fingernails and callouses...girls! Still, I like 'em when they're not all calloused up! LOL! You need to try the Dolly Parton flat-finger style of chording...I think you have to detune your guitar so you can make the chord formations differently but she seems to get away with it. WB

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      7 years ago from US

      I can't say Willie was a singer I call a favorite but I have always liked him, he feels like an old friend. I think everyone who plays guitar probably played Wildwood Flower. I picked the tune out myself but Wendy won out and then I saw I would have no fingernails and calloused fingers so I quit. Was fun for awhile.

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      DJ Funktual 

      7 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      Reminds me of Wildwood Weed

    • onlinearticlespk profile image


      7 years ago from Islamabad, Pakistan

      off course it is

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      7 years ago

      Wayne, While the Carters did record The Wildwood Flower with the great picking by Maybelle on that old Gibson guitar, they did however change some of the lyrics. Originally the song was entitle I'll Twine Mid the Ringlets written in 1860by Maud Irving and the music was by a fellow named Joseph Philbrick Webster. I had this heard when I was visiting the Carter Fold in Hiltons Va a few years ago. Just thought I'd share, picked the Wildwood Flower many a time.

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      Brenda Barnes 

      7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      I did not read this Hub, I sang it! This is completely catchy and fun!

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @PabstPenrose...Thanks much, Brett...glad you liked it! WB

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      7 years ago from Dardenne Prairie , Missouri

      Wayne, this is amazing!

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @Lesleysherwood...Thank you...that's the best way! LOL! WB

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      7 years ago

      I read it while listening to the music. Brilliant, I loved it.

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @Cardisa...Wow, that must have been tough on the congregation and hard on the preacher. Somethings just have to be done. Music is good but bad music is horrible! WB

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @Sunnie Day...Glad you liked it...a bit tongue in cheek on the Willie! WB

      @Fiddleman...Ol' A.P. Carter wrote one there that lasted more than a lifetime, huh? WB

      @Motown2Chitown...Thank you...glad you liked it! WB

      @samaaili....Glad you liked it...having fun with Willie! WB

      @Eiddwen....Thank you and thanks for those nice comments! WB

      @TimBryce...Thanks much...maybe you can have Willie on the show! LOL! WB

      @breakfastpop...Glad to get your day started off right, Poppy! WB

      @bellawriter...Sounds like a noble quest...keep us advised! LOL! WB

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      Carolee Samuda 

      7 years ago from Jamaica

      This poem reminds me of a man who attended my church. He always brought a guitar, had no idea how to play it and his playing is always out of sync with the band. For months the music in the church sucked until our pastor kindly asked him not to bring back his guitar. The music is back to normal!

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      Erica Sanchez 

      7 years ago from California

      I am going to try and learn how to play the guitar off of goole. :D and if I learn I will teach all who wants to learn lol jk!

    • breakfastpop profile image


      7 years ago

      Reading your fabulous poem while listening to this great music started my day off on the right foot! Thanks. Up and definitely awesome.

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      7 years ago

      Enjoyed it Wayne. Good job.

      All the Best,


    • Eiddwen profile image


      7 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant wayne and thanks for sharing.

      Here's to many more hubs to share.

      I vote up and up.

      Take care


    • samiaali profile image


      7 years ago

      This is a really great poem WB! It's great all the way through to the end! :)

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      7 years ago

      I like that one lots, Wayne!

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      7 years ago

      Great hub, always loved the Carters version and Mother Maybelles lick. The tune every guitar learns and is always a great one for jamming. The words are also great.

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      Sunnie Day 

      7 years ago

      Really great poem Wayne..nothing like a guitar to soothe what ever is hurting the heart...Love Willie...

      Thank you,


    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @Truckstop Sally...Saw stuff! Maybe bellawriter can learn to play on Google! LOL! Wille will do Whiskey River at the drop of a hat then drink a little Jack. WB

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      Erica Sanchez 

      7 years ago from California

      I saw that Sally when you pass the mouse/cursor over it it plays a strum! Very awesome. Sorry had to respond to your comment lol >_

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      Truckstop Sally 

      7 years ago

      Did you see the Google logo today? A guitar!! They knew you would be writing a music hub. Ha! Actually it is Les Paul's birthday. Love the poem, and I love Willie too. One of my favorites is Whiskey River. I saw him in concert in college, and he played it twice.

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @bellawriter...I love the guitar but I play it lousy! You should work on it. Learn to play classical and the whole world will fall in place. WB

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      Erica Sanchez 

      7 years ago from California

      I want to learn how to play the guitar, And can I also learn how to sing "THe Wildwood Flower?!?!?"

      smiles :)


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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @WillStarr...Everybody needs a tribute to Willie! LOL! WB

      @CMerritt...Actually, I thought Willie had recorded everything on God's Green Earth and nowhere can I find him singing or playing "The Wildwood Flower". Go figure! WB

      @dahoglund...So true...Willie does write some good ones. WB

      @MartieCoester....Me too, Martie, Me too! LOL! WB

      @leroy64...Thank you sir, so glad you liked it! WB

      @drbj...That quite a verse there Doc! LOL! WB

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      Willie wasn't dumb as most folks said.

      He just acted that way

      So the people would say

      Poor man, he is touched in the head.

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      Brian L. Powell 

      7 years ago from Dallas, Texas (Oak Cliff)

      I liked the story and the guitar.

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      Martie Coetser 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      If I could pick a guitar like dedpick, I would have played duets with Willy. I enjoyed this story, Wayne. Voted up!

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Willie, I think, will be remembered most as a songwriter.

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      Chris Merritt 

      7 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Excellent...and that has to be one of the happiest songs ever written....if you feel bad after hearing that....there are some real issues going words need to be put to music...sounds like a Roger Miller song in the making.

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      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Excellent Wayne! I love it.


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