Feb 22 2011

Sugar Magnolia – ’11-#10

Sugar Magnolia blossom’s blooming
Head’s all empty and I don’t care
Saw my baby down by the river
Knew she’d have to come up soon for air

Sweet blossom come on under the willow
We can have high times if you’ll abide
We can discover the wonders of nature
Rolling in the rushes down by the riverside

She’s got everything delightful
She’s got everything I need
Takes the wheel when I’m seeing double
Pays my ticket when I speed

She come skimming through rays of violet
She can wade in a drop of dew
She don’t come and I don’t follow
Waits backstage while I sing to you

She can dance a Cajun rhythm
Jump like a Willys in four wheel drive
She’s a summer love in the spring, fall and winter
She can make happy any man alive

Sugar magnolia
Ringin’ that blue bell
Caught up in sunlight
Come on out singing
I’ll walk you in the sunshine
Come on honey, come along with me

She’s got everything delightful
She’s got everything I need
A breeze in the pines in the summer night moonlight
Crazy in the sunlight yes indeed

Sometimes when the cuckoo’s crying
When the moon is halfway down
Sometimes when the night is dying
I take me out and I wander round
I wander round

Sunshine daydream
Walk you the tall trees
Going where the wind goes
Blooming like a red rose
Breathing more freely
Light out singing
I’ll walk you in the morning sunshine
Sunshine daydream
Walk you in the sunshine

Ok, so there’s a bit of a back story on this one. My mom has been begging me to do a painting of a magnolia for her for years. It started when I lived in North Carolina, where we had magnolia trees everywhere. I think there are different kinds of magnolia trees, but the kind we had in North Carolina were evergreens, and the waxy dark green leaves stayed that way all through the winter. The big white blossoms came out in late May early June I think.

So this is my take on Sugar Magnolia, a song by the Grateful Dead. It’s such a happy little song. Hope you like it Mom! (if not I guess I’ll have to paint you one with real paints and stuff. :P )

Photo credits:
MagnoliaDiane Robertson
Background & TextureManu Mohan
TextureHilde Vanstraelen
Other textures – CG Textures