The Hot Corn Girl

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THE HOT-CORN GIRL
© Bob Wright


Hot corn! Hot corn!
Here’s your lily-white corn
All you that’s got money
Poor me that’s got none
Come buy my lily-hot corn
And let me go home

They say I sing like Jenny Lind though I have never heard her
I just sing songs to sell hot-corn so have to take their word there
This Spring will mark my 13th year I feel I’m so much older
For the streets they seal the child in you
And force you to be bolder

Like Jenny Lind I’m Nordic born but came here as a baby
The magic of my father’s hands then made for me a cradle
He worked in wood on ships so grand they danced upon the ocean
But never could they ever match
My cradles gentle motion

He’d tell me stories of the sea while one hand gently rocked me
And when he’d seen me off to sleep he’d just sit there and watch me
My mother often tells me that, when I come home with pence’s
She says that if he hadn’t died
We’d all be in a mansion

My brother’s they both run the streets I fear that it will kill them
For both of them are little boys without a hope between them
They steal whatever they can take their knives right there beside them
Their blades are sharp as father’s tools
Without a hand to guide them

When summer comes I sell my corn and sing whatever moves me
I wrap myself in mother’s shawl and hope the men ignore me
My favorite songs are lullabies the ones you sing to babies
I sing them to the rhythm of
My father’s rocking cradle



Hot corn! Hot corn!
Here’s your lily-white corn
All you that’s got money
Poor me that’s got none
Come buy my lily-hot corn
And let me go home

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from The Diver, released January 1, 2008

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Bob Wright/ Harbortown New York, New York

He is a multi-instrumentalist, an award winning songwriter and Bob Wright songs are often mistaken for traditional songs because their immigrant roots run deep beneath the surface of America and back to the places they came from for nurturing and inspiration. They surface in a modern world, constructed with a modern sensibility and a comforting resonance with the past. ... more

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