James: The Solar Eclipse Blues

Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 5:52 PM

How about the solar eclipse? Quite the event; it makes me smile when nature does something that makes mankind stand on its toes and say wow!

I had an event happen during the eclipse that inspired some thought and word. Music, too. I thought I’d share it with you, but it helps if you get a little bluesey beat going in your head. There, you got it now:

I got a bloody spot on my elbow,

There’s another on my hand.

When l look down at my boots,

There’s blood drippin’ on the sand.

Refrain: I don’t remember,

I don’t remember,

It appears things may have gone wrong.

I just don’t remember ...

There’s a filly in the round corral,

And judging by my dress

I must be a bronc rider,

But it’s anybody’s guess.


That filly’s lookin’ right at me

With a bad look in her eye,

I guess I should be grateful

That I didn’t die.


Well, I finally got my breath back,

Thought about it hard and long.

The only thing I remember is

I got to get back on!

That I remember, though

It appears that things have gone wrong.

That, I remember, I just have to get right back on.

Philosophically, I think it speaks to not giving up when life gets hard (which it does at times). On a slightly grittier note, it speaks to not riding colts during the apex of a solar eclipse. The energy gets pretty wild.

I still don’t remember, but my wounds have healed.

I love what I do ...

Tom James was riding horses before he could walk. He currently hangs his hat in Ignacio. Reach him at