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Margaret 1956

by Michael McNevin



Margaret, 1956
Indie-folk, Americana.
A ’day in the life’ song for Margaret, then a 17-year-old teenager in 1956, living in the Mission District of San Fransisco. Cutting school, she buys a plane ticket to LA, spends the day on a Hollywood street corner, hoping to be discovered. The same corner where starlet Lana Turner was discovered, she goes home at the end of the day, with no regrets. Six years later Margaret returns to the area as a wife and mother of four boys, living a different life than before. They live down the street from the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, where she becomes a sidewalk fan of the big parade. A Mother’s Day tribute, I love and miss you mom.


Margaret 1956

Margaret skipped class today,
she did not go to glee club
She took a puddle jumper to L.A.
to walk around in Hollywood

Standing tall on a corner,
a cotton dress on and her hair back
Saddle shoes and bobby sox,
a needle in a haystack
She's a ringer for Kate Hepburn,
she could play her daughter
And if they drive past her all day long,
maybe one of them will spot her

(Ref) Margaret skipped class today…

She lifts her chin and looks ahead,
just like she learned in theater
She's a long way from her high school play,
but she's not afraid to be here
Cause she can sing and she can dance,
and she can hold a pose for hours
Like a statue in the Rose Parade,
like a Pasadena flower

(Ref) Margaret skipped class today…

Sometimes you do your best
when you don't know the odds
Sometimes you gotta guess,
like you knew it all along

Afternoon the sun is low,
and time moves like molasses
She still imagines they may come
and ask her what her name is

(Ref) Margaret skipped class today…

Sometimes your gotta try
even though you don't why
Sometimes you do some things
that don't seem silly at the time

She caught her plane, and she came home,
her folks were very worried
But that was Margaret's last hurrah,
she settled down and married
Mom, I love they way you watch
the Rose Parade for hours
How after all these many years
you still love the floats and flowers

© Michael McNevin
Published by Mudpuddle Music (ASCAP). 

P.O. Box 2235 Fremont, CA 94536


released May 1, 2021
Musicians & Credits: Michael McNevin on guitar & vocals, Tom Prasada-Rao on low-strung violin, Phil Bennett on piano. Recorded and Mixed by Tom Prasada-Rao, some of Michael's additional harmony tracks recorded at Phil's place. Mastered and compiled with the May 2021 Folk Singles by Erik Balkey and Hudson/Harding.


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Michael McNevin San Francisco, California

Michael McNevin's songs read like short stories, a keen eye for detail for the characters and places in his travels. Shared stages with Johnny Cash & The Carter Family, Donovan, Shawn Colvin, Christine Lavin, Richie Havens. Main-stages at Strawberry, High Sierra, Kerrville, Philly Folk Fest. Kerrville New-Folk winner, “DYI Artist Of The Year” for Performing Songwriter, “Song Of The Year” for WCS. ... more

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