“You Can’t Lose Me, Charlie”

in front of Longfellow House, Portland, Maine

Happy birthday to my son, Charlie!  I penned this song for him when he turned 21 last year (as I had previously shared a song to his brother), but I post it now publicly because it now doubles as a college graduation tribute. I cannot tell a lie: it’s a Leadbelly tune: the refrain and the tune on the verses is his. The lyrics, other than the refrain, are mine, done in more of a Woody Guthrie style, which is all that I can manage (and this took 9 takes). Happy birthday, Charlie! You deserve ALL the songs.