The Afterbeat Waltz

[to the Tune of the Tennessee 
Waltz (two-three) (one-two 
and-a)]


When I was Seventeen
High school band Agony
Playing the French horn, you
See (two-three), (one-two) while the

Rest of the Instruments
Soared with the Melody
I got the Slow after-
Beats (two-three) (one-two). 

Chorus:
I re-
Member the Days in the
Stuffy band Room as the
Teacher's baTon counted
Three (two-three) (one-two) I would

Wait for that Moment when my
French horn would Shine as I
Sweetly played Two after-
Beats (two-three) (one-two) 

instru-
Mental interLude here. Find your 
Horn, play aLong dear, and
Soon you will See what I 
Mean (two-three) (one-two). If you're

Lost in the Melody
Listen for Me and I’ll
Carry you Through to the 
End (two-three) (one-two). 

Oh the
Waltz would start Playing with the
Saxophones Braying, the
Oboe would Try to com-
Pete (two-three) (one-two). Clari-

Netists’ reeds Squeaked as the
Flautist's breath Peaked, and the 
Trombones’ spit Rattled and
Leaked (two-three) (one-two).

Chorus:
I re-
Member the Days in the
Stuffy band Room as the
Teacher's baTon counted
Three (two-three) (one-two) I would

Wait for that Moment when my
French horn would Shine as I
Sweetly played Two after-
Beats (two-three) (one). 

dVerse poetics: Meet the Bar ~ Waltzing

About Maggie C

Stained glass artist, writer, respecter of life.
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21 Responses to The Afterbeat Waltz

  1. Splendid… love how you really wrote it to the rhythm of a waltz… and it sounds like playing in the band was not only fun.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Grace says:

    This a delightful dance!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Ahh, you took us dancing! How lovely. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Beverly Crawford says:

    I think you have fond memories of your French horn shining! We all felt the rhythm~!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Helen Dehner says:

    I LOVE this! Band concerts, practice, marching in parades. Did all of it in the 50s. The Tennessee Waltz was a song my sisters and I sang all the time. (My flute had a twinkle all its own.)

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  6. msjadeli says:

    Clever composition! I appreciate the time you took to put this together. Beautiful song you based it on, especially when sung so well by Ms. Page.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Ingrid says:

    This is brilliant, you really got into the swing of the prompt! I love ‘and the
    Trombones’ spit Rattled and
    Leaked’
    – I can just imagine this!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Oh bravo! I love the dribbling trombone. 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Love the rhythm in this waltz-y poem!

    Liked by 1 person

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