“Huck’s Tune” (2007)

As far as I know, this song only exists off of the Bootleg Collection, Tell Tale Signs. (and I guess on the soundtrack to the film Lucky You, where it plays at the end when the credits appear)  The rhyming in this song is sneaky structured.  It has five verses and a refrain kicker at the end.  The five verses go abcbdefe, but what stands out more are the rigid internal rhymes that appear in every other line.  Let me repeat that:  EVERY OTHER LINE!  Take a look; it’s masterful, and creates a beautiful see-sawing sing-song effect.

And some lines are just terrific like

“In this version of life called death”

“I took a rose from the hand of a child”

“Every day we meet on any old street”/”And you’re in your girlish prime”

“All the merry little elves can go hang themselves”

“Nature’s voice makes my heart rejoice”/”Play me the wild song of the wind”

See them in context with the full lyrics below and listen for them with this video accompaniment:

Well I wandered alone through a desert of stone
And I dreamt of my future wife
My sword’s in my hand and I’m next in command
In this version of death called life
My plate and my cup are right straight up
I took a rose from the hand of a child
When I kiss your lips, the honey drips
But I’m gonna have to put you down for a while

Every day we meet on any old street
And you’re in your girlish prime
The short and the tall are coming to the ball
I go there all the time
Behind every tree, there’s something to see
The river is wider than a mile
I tried you twice, you can’t be nice
I’m gonna have to put you down for a while

Here come the nurse with money in her purse
Here come the ladies and men
You push it all in and you’ve no chance to win
You play ’em on down to the end
I’m laying in the sand getting a sunshine tan
Moving along riding in style
From my toes to my head, you knock me dead
I’m gonna have to put you down for a while

I count the years and I shed no tears
I’m blinded to what might have been
Nature’s voice makes my heart rejoice
Play me the wild song of the wind
I found hopeless love in the room above
When the sun and the weather were mild
You’re as fine as wine, I ain’t handing you no line
But I’m gonna have to put you down for a while

All the merry little elves can go hang themselves
My faith is as cold as can be
I’m stacked high to the roof and I’m not without proof
If you don’t believe me, come see
You think I’m blue, I think so too
In my words, you’ll find no guile
The game’s gotten old, the deck’s gone cold
And I’m gonna have to put you down for a while

The game’s gotten old, the deck’s gone cold
I’m gonna have to put you down for a while

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