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April 2, 2011 / John Sieger

Kickapoo

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Lyrics by Michael Feldman. This demo is a few years old and though I have no idea what I’m singing about but a hint might be found in this entry for the Kickapoo River cribbed from Wikipedia:

The river begins midway between Wilton, Wisconsin and Mill Bluff State Park and flows south through a deep valley cut into the hilly Driftless Zone of southwest Wisconsin. It empties into the Wisconsin River just south of Wauzeka, Wisconsin. Kickapoo is an Algonquian word meaning “one who goes here, then there”, a fitting name as the river is very crooked, frequently doubling back on itself as it flows through the Wisconsin landscape. Because of the extremely crooked path of the river, its source north of Wilton is just 60 miles (97 km) from its mouth at Wauzeka, although the river is nearly 130 miles (210 km) long. The Kickapoo, the longest tributary of the Wisconsin River, drains over 800 square miles (2,100 km2) of land in Monroe, Vernon, Richland, and Crawford counties. The Kickapoo River watershed encompasses 492,000 acres (1,990 km2) in southwest Wisconsin.

“One who goes here, then there” That might describe this character who works odd jobs here and there and has “other peoples children used to jump rope to his name.” The story reminds me of Tangled Up In Blue and Watching The River Flow, two Dylan songs I couldn’t love more. Whatever it means, it sure is fun to sing and someday I plan to deliver a more polished take.

© 2011 John Sieger/Michael Feldman

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