"Stick Upon Stick (32nd Street Swamp)" as written by John Van Deusen, Robert Krueger and Eric Sturgeon....
Stick upon stick
Held tight and slick
Building a house for her young
Life underwater is chilly and dim
Behind the dam wall snakes a river of sin
It’s fast and it’s thick but she’ll never give in
Down came her tail when the boy learned to swim

He’ll be taken for sure by wolves or a bear
Off in a dark wood dying bloodied and bare
Meanwhile the son swimming fast and strong
Had scars on his back, his strength was never gone
But alive and living he remained
Everything new and beautiful
The scars were more evidence of the
Freedom he felt in his life,
But not in his heart…


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    General CommentThis is an amazing song. It tells a whole story.
    There's a mother who apparently wants to shield her child from the corruption of the world around him. They live underneath the weight of this "river of sin" but she has built "dam walls" to keep him from it.
    But, like all sons of such a story, he longs for freedom. One day he takes his opportunity. "Down came her tail when the boy learned to swim."
    She fears the worst for him, that he'll be taken by wolves or bears.
    Meanwhile, he continues swimming. "Everything new and beautiful." He marvels at this new=found freedom. And he's been through rough times, as is told by the "scars on his back, but his strength was near gone."
    "The scars were mere evidence of the freedom he felt in his life, but not in his heart."
    Marvelous words, these. He's regretting his behavior because he no longer feels free in his heart, though his freedom to go where he likes is now complete.
    I wonder if this song is about a real person? Someone who was raised on 32nd street in New York by an over-possessive mother trying to keep him from the evil of the world. That would make sense for the subtitle "32nd street swamp."
    RavenGripon September 18, 2009   Link

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