A Hundred Balloons

A Hundred Balloons

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Well, this is just about the roughest one I've cranked out this summer! Poor playing...poor singing...poor recording...yet, I see the germ of a good song in this so I am thankful for that!

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A Hundred Balloons
August 28, 2021
https://www.johnstaplesmusic.com/50-90-2021/JohnStaples--AHundredBalloons.mp3

today was too sunny
the birds were too gay
I'd written a speech
but had nothing to say
I expected a downpour
instead got blue skies
now I'm wiping the tears
from my eyes

hold the string lightly
now set it free
watch it float upwards
past the buildings and the trees
we celebrate life
and its final release
with a hundred balloons
on the breeze
on the breeze

he wasn't my father
but I called him Dad
the best friend
a kid ever had
we played catch and football
worked on our cars
talked about girls
and aimed for the stars

hold the string lightly
now set it free
watch it float upwards
past the buildings and the trees
we celebrate life
and its final release
with a hundred balloons
on the breeze
on the breeze

today
I say
goodbye
don't
bother
to ask why
instead
I turn my eyes
to the sky

hold the string lightly
now set it free
watch it float upwards
past the buildings and the trees
we celebrate life
and its final release
with a hundred balloons
on the breeze
on the breeze

© 2021 John Staples
JohnStaplesMusic.com



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Comments

Robyn Mackenzie's picture

I'm always a sucker for a good banjo, and this doesn't disappoint. Beautiful lyrics that tell a very heartfelt and tender story. I can hear this with a full band, but the sparse banjo works really well too to capture the emotion of the song.

kenmattsson's picture

There's a lot of good in this song! I like the storyline and the chorus really works. I say keep working on it!

cindyrella's picture

Wonderful and moving John! I do love the banjo and it's just right for this!

Mandolinda's picture

Nice to hear a banjo. The melodic tone makes this song more empathetic. Very nice song.

wobbie wobbit's picture

lovely image and story, little details of the relationship really make it set against that image of balloons and a heartfelt ceremony. very touching.

vivalarayna's picture

This is a beautiful story and interpretation of the prompt. Your imagery was so learn I had a film running in my mind. The banjo supports this well. Quite lovely, as always. Thanks so much for joining us today!

headfirstonly's picture

Ha - I guess Nena can consider herself one-upped...

Rough or not (what happened to cause that weirdness at 0:08?) this is is a lovely eulogy. Some lovely metaphors for the influence that someone's life can have on those around them.

tjeff's picture

This is fantastic! First off, love the banjo pickin' and your vocals. A cathartic story that's very powerful - took me a moment to understand, but when I did - bam. Found myself singing along a bit. Nice writing!

kahlo's picture

Love the Americana banjo folk feel. Touching lyrics that convey an empathy and understanding that tugs at my heart. Love the images in the chorus. That bridge is so poignant and special. Brilliant songwriting and gorgeous performance, John.

Sunfire's picture

Everything about this is good! Vocals, banjo, lyric. Enjoyed listening.

metalfoot's picture

Classic Appalachian folk feel to this track for sure. Great story telling. Definitely a keeper worth working on!

Jibbidy34's picture

Wow if this is the ‘roughest thing you’ve cranked out all summer’ you’ve got more talent in your little finger than most do in their whole hands Biggrin I loved this. Very moving and a win with just your voice and a banjo. I was there with you feeling the grief… good stuff John. You should be mega!!!!

writeandwrong's picture

This was a skirmish? Seriously, John??? This is amazing!! I can imagine a full-production to this. Your words are always visial and the fact that you mentioned "100" balloons... significant especially if you think of it in terms of numerology...and what you have written. Wonderful work! I would love to hear more of this post-50/90...Kudos, Mr. Staples!!

McTown's picture

I definitely hear the Kentucky in this.... David L Graham

mikehex's picture

Capturing that feeling of wrongness from a place of grief. Really touching moment in time.