Digital Tavern: The Wolf's Head

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By the Darn-Poor Rhymer

To be sung to the hymn tune “Aurelia”

 

I once was in Chicago,

Some way out to the west,

And I was travelling solo;

That’s how I travel best.

I stumbled on a tavern,

Right by the highway side;

And there I met a maven

Upon a Burghal hide.

 

We fell to conversation,

And then they brought us beer.

And our deliberation

Took us into top gear.

We solved the issues daily

That plague both rich and poor;

But those around us, gaily,

Did our ideas ignore.

 

He took his smokes and Jameson’s,

I took my beer and wine;

Betwixt the plums and damsons

We treaded a fine line.

“What is this place?” I queried,

“The Wolf’s Head,” he replied,

“The best place for a beerhead

In all the South West Side.”

 

Time passed, and I felt weary;

I called a taxi ride.

My friend was also leery

Of cops politicized.

And so we parted, vowing

To meet before the end

Of time. And, deeply bowing,

I left my new found friend.

 

Comments

Mustafa Kemal Added Sep 13, 2018 - 7:26pm
Neil, I played the music while I read.
 
Beautiful
 
Thanks.
Mustafa
Ric Wells Added Sep 13, 2018 - 7:26pm
Neil this is really good stuff. Thanks and welcome to the Digital Tavern.
Katharine Otto Added Sep 13, 2018 - 11:54pm
Neil,
Charming.  This digital tavern idea is getting some fun contributions.  It was Burghal's idea?  How did I miss it?  Opher told me about it.
Neil Lock Added Sep 14, 2018 - 3:24am
Mustafa, Ric, Katherine: Thank you. I enjoyed writing it, too.
Stone-Eater Added Sep 14, 2018 - 4:00am
Neil
 
Nice :)
Stone-Eater Added Sep 14, 2018 - 4:00am
Mustafa
 
Did you write a song around it ?
opher goodwin Added Sep 14, 2018 - 5:19am
Great contribution Neil! This tavern is hotting up! We needed a bit of song and dance!
I'm looking forward to some more tales!!
The Burghal Hidage Added Sep 14, 2018 - 6:18am
Once in the Windy City
I grew tired of all the shit
So I sought a quiet refuge
and there I found a Brit
 
I said "Well hello there English cousin"
and then "Give this man a drink"
Being likewise descended
We'd both need it to help us think
 
You see libations lend to thought
though sometimes reason cloud
they oil gears of conversations
that often grow rather loud
 
But it was not so in this case
really no cause for fear
this fellow was Sympatico
despite our awful Yankee beer
 
There ya go friend:)  Should you ever return to Chicago let me know. Be glad to kill some brain cells in the shadow of Ditka's portrait which is prominently displayed over the bar.
 
One word of caution....deep in enemy territory there! Do NOT, under any circumstances wear green and gold
Mustafa Kemal Added Sep 14, 2018 - 2:29pm
Stone Eater, no I just found it on the web and played the tune while reading. Its quite nice, - if you listen real hard you can see the maven on the Burghal hide and Neil hide having at it! 
 
Mustafa
Neil Lock Added Sep 14, 2018 - 5:50pm
TBH: Your memory is faulty, I bought you that beer! You were the regular, I was the newbie wanting to ingratiate myself with my rather strange (and interesting) cousins.
 
But seriously... the Digital Tavern isn't just about what we did in our teens.
Flying Junior Added Sep 14, 2018 - 9:25pm
If the South Side of Chicago is the home to Chess Records where Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and Chuck Berry recorded, it's alright by me.
 
It's always good to name a pub after a certain head.  Has anyone visited the King's Head in Earl's Court near the Thames?
The Burghal Hidage Added Sep 15, 2018 - 11:47am
 the Digital Tavern isn't just about what we did in our teens.
 
The following ten years of my life are not fit for publication unless my attorney is present
Leroy Added Sep 15, 2018 - 1:46pm
Nice one, Neil.
Neil Lock Added Sep 15, 2018 - 4:44pm
Flying Junior: Don't know the pub you refer to, but my favo(u)rite pub in that area is called the Drayton Arms. It's one of only two pubs I know that has a theatre attached!
Neil Lock Added Sep 15, 2018 - 4:51pm
TBH: My teenage years are not printable, because there's nothing there to print. I've improved since then, though. :-)
Mustafa Kemal Added Sep 15, 2018 - 10:38pm
Anybody been to Buddy Guy's joint?
Has it survived modernity?