Glockenspiel, timpani, trumpet, saxophone,
clavichord, harpsichord, guitar, big trombone.
Harmonium, euphonium, oboe, vi-o-la,
tambourine, violin, cello, pi-a-na.
Xylophone, paper & comb, tuba, oompah-boom,
castanet, clarinet, tuba or bassoon.
Now, if you don’t have even one of these,
how will you make your tune?
Try the cheapest, smallest instrument and amplify your soul
with a ‘tin sandwich’, a ‘gob iron’, a ‘Mississippi saxophone’.
You can blow your heart into an old blues harp,
find and free your spirit
and when you’re bending those sevenths and sharps
and no-one in the world can see it,
you kiss your secret lover,
your closest friend and saviour.
I was seven years old
when it crept in my soul,
never since have I felt I had choice,
when I wake up in the morning
harmonica’s my only true voice.