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With heavy heart, we share the news that Patrick's father, Reuben, passed away last evening in Marquette. He was a genuine Yooper who raised his family and tended the farm near Pelkie, Michigan. His legacy will carry on through his children, many grandchildren, and those who were fortunate to have
 
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The Auction
Lyrics
The Auction
Bryan Poirier, Manitou Passage Music, ASCAP ©2006

This farm is the only thing he knew
Passed from his dad and his dad before him too
His class was this barn and all these fields
How high?s the corn and what will be the yields

Now strangers gather and pick through their things
Not understanding that they?re bidding on their dreams

Chorus
But, now The Auction has begun
A lifetime laid out in the early autumn light
A thousand dreams, a thousand tears and sleepless nights
And no one seems to know they?re gone
Only that The Auction has begun

He rode on the tractor and stacked the hay
The sun warmed his face working fifteen hour days
Then dad fell ill and he took the wheel
It was up to him and God to make the family?s meal

Dad passed away and left the boy to tend the land
With roots so deep the boy had grown into a man

Chorus

Bridge
The kids had to sell to pay the taxes on the land
I am certain that was not Great-Granddad?s plan
They took it all, even the pillars from the porch
Now nothing?s left to have the passing of the torch

Chorus Twice

Description
Short Song Description:
While attending an auction in Northport with my son, I watched them lay this guy's whole life out in the autumn sun. They even sold the pillars off the porch.
Long Song Description:
While attending an auction in Northport with my son, I watched them lay this guy's whole life out in the autumn sun. They even sold the pillars off the porch. The whole thing felt a little like "Scrooge." It reminded me of the scene where the servants
Story Behind the Song:
After my son's soccer game in Northport in early October we wandered into town with another father and son. We saw an "Auction Today" sign, so thought it'd be fun for the kids to hear the auctioneer and maybe find a trinket or two. I was amazed at how m
Credits
Lyric Credits: Bryan K Poirier
Music Credits: Bryan K Poirier
Producer Credits: New Third Coast
Publisher Credits: Bryan K Poirier
Performance Credits: New Third Coast
Metadata
Song Length: 4:49
Primary Genre: Folk-Contemporary
Secondary Genre: Country-Contemporary
Tempo / Feel: Medium (111 - 130)
Lead Vocal: Male Vocal
Subject Matter 1: Home
Subject Matter 2: Farmer
Mood 1: Moving
Mood 2: Passive
Similar Artist 1: James Taylor
Similar Artist 2: Paul Simon
Language: English
Era: 2000 and later
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