Take A Ride - Track 2 - Ode To Willard

© Copyright 2011 Ghostrider and The Allied Horns
Ode to Willard - 5:52  |  Morse SOCAN/BMI
 


Old Willard 'bin out the mountain since about 1941
since before he knew what fate had in store or the legend he would become,
where them steel rails end, battleships again would sail the Atlantic tide
to distant shores, the second world war, and that didn't sit right down inside.

So his mind was made, jump from the troop train, only blackness for to see
then he hit the ground the earth cried out "are you man enough for me?"
all alone in the pines in the cold dark night, mist and irony creepin' in
seemed he was now at war with the great outdoors, a North Nova winter closin' in.

'n Wild Willie never came down, Wild Willie never came out.
Why the war goes on and on, did you ever have any doubt?
'n Wild Willie you never came out...Willie never came down...Willie never came down.

So the young man learned while the fires burned and the blood ran in the streets
that sun and earth and old man river can give you all you need,
with his old guitar and mason jar he found peace among the trees
on the hillside, on the meadow, and played his fiddle down by the stream.

'n Wild Willie never came down, Wild Willie never came out.
Why the war goes on and on, did you ever have any doubt?
'n Wild Willie you never came out...Willie never came down.

Strange but true, more than 60 years, Willard spent out in them hills
'til his maker called while a blizzard falled, 'oer the Gully Lake...
December 03, Willard's life was stilled.
Ah, but the mountain man knowed, you're never alone
you've only to look within, or out across the land, to understand
God rest his soul, where it is that man fits in.

'n Wild Willie never came down, Wild Willie never came out.
Why the war goes on and on, did you ever have any doubt?
'n Wild Willie where are ya now?
Still the war goes on and on and on, can there ever be any doubt
and that's not what Wild Willie was all about...

Willie never came, Willie never came, Willie never came down.
Willie never came down....play it Willie now.
 

© Copyright 2011 Ghostrider and The Allied Horns

This tune is about Willard Kitchener MacDonald who in 1941 jumped from a troop train and disappeared into the rugged wilderness of northern Nova Scotia. He would spend the next 60 years there and become known as The Hermit of Gully Lake. Willard did not care for the term "hermit" and I purposely did not use it in the song.

I originally wrote Ode To Willard around 2001 when he was still alive. When I took the song down off the shelf some years later I had to change the story from present tense to past tense. I'm sure there have been many songs written about Willard and my song is based more on the legend of the man as he had many friends and visitors over the decades and travelled throughout Pictou and Colchester counties on his bicycle.

Willard's life proves that we can get by on very little and living close to nature and close to the spirit we can enjoy a life full of abundence, wonder and fullfillment.

Rest in peace Willard, your life inspires. - PM