|Circles In The Air
© Copyright George Papavgeris, January 2003
childhood memories of the first visit at a fair. My contribution to the 2003 Maidenhead Folk Club's "Songs for Tomorrow's Tradition" songwriting competition.
I can't have been older than five or six
My head no higher than my father's hips
One day he said "you come to town with me,
I have a surprise for you, just wait and see".
It took an hour, though it felt like seven
I couldn't wait until we made it there,
But when we did I knew that this was heaven
That was the first time that I'd seen a fair.
I hardly could contain my pride and thrill
As Father drove the dodgem with such skill.
We rode the Octopus both low and high
And on the Wheel I though we'd reach the sky.
And when we took a ride on the Big Dipper
He held me tightly so I wouldn't scare
But I was flying with my eyes a-glitter
As we made giant circles in the air.
Pop corn and lollies till my cheeks were puffed
And in the House of Mirrors how we laughed.
Then Father threw the giant hoops with flair
And won for me a brand new teddy bear.
And I am sure I would have stayed for ever
If only Father would have left me there
That day I felt much lighter than a feather
My feet were dancing circles in the air.
The years have passed since that magic day
The Waltzer of life has often made me pay
The Wheel of Fortune gave me lots of fun
But just as often made my tears to run.
And as I closer get to my December
And for life's pleasures I no longer care
My first time at the fair I still remember
And my heart dances circles in the air.
And if life then was happier, I don't know
But if I only could, back again I'd go
To when father took me to the fair
And dance a few more circles in the air.
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