Anticipation would always thrill us would-be listeners
When Uncle Arthur took from its case or from the shelf
That simple, varnished, wooden, four-stringed sound box and
Aunt Pearl would accompany on anyone's upright
My most favorite fiddle piece was called, "Ragtime Annie"
I still have the picture from fifty-seven --
No one could have known how soon Dad's whistling would end
The seven children of Al and Dora are now all in Heaven --
They all shared two virtues -- quick wit and charm,
Now we children of that family band are getting on --
Maybe our forefathers came from Ireland -- could be,
by D. Edgar Murray 05/06/2000.