"March 21st, 1892. Drawn during boyhood of John Stevens drawn by himself." Declares the back of a scroll that was drawn in pencil on a piece of paper ten foot in length and three inches across and expertly captured on video by Eric Carr. We commissioned a piece about a "hobo with a patchwork aura" and this is the gem that Shonimus William Gordon wrote and sang, he spun straw into gold. Check out his other pieces at reverbnation.com/shonimus. Here are the lyrics...
The tramp with the patch work aura
Sit for a moment while I tell you a tale,
Of a traveling gypsy, a rugged stray male
a wandering soul with a tale of old and a legend that surely won't bore ya
This, my friend, is the story of a man, the tale of the tramp with the patchwork aura
He was an orphan, was raised on a train
by gypsies and hobos and run away men
at age ten, he was "king of the rail"
So he trekked to the ocean and killed a white whale.
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He smelled of sandalwood and turpentine
Each of his breaths laced with honey and wine
He'd busk with his banjo, his hat used for tips, Money welled up from his old brown fedora
This, my friend, is the story of a man, the tale of the tramp with the patchwork aura
His canteen was ever-flowing with booze
There wasn't a fight that he'd ever loose
His napsack was stitched from a dinosaurs skin
And he shaved by burning his whiskers with gin
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Flowers would spring up from the places he'd been
Instead of the sun Sunflowers stared at him
He'd whisper to the grass and the sky and trees, the animals and the flora
This, my friend, is the story of a man, the tale of the tramp with the patchwork aura
when He tap danced the boxcar sand turned into gold
and he'd donate the riches, or so I am told
He'd catch 10 fish in one of his socks
he hunted his dinner by hurling small rocks
He tamed a lion that he rode to town
which would scare all the people on roads they went down
One thing's peculiar, besides all I've said is that this fellow's name was Laura (used the fedora line here)
This, my friend, was the story of a man, the tale of the tramp with the patchwork aura

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