Man of Wood

I'm not entirely sure I wrote this song. It feels more honest to say that I was a conduit for it.

A couple of years ago, I was on assignment for Kid Pan Alley (writing songs with elementary school kids) at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. The Man of Wood is one of the pieces we considered writing about. The writers (ages 8-12) recognized it as a special expression, but couldn't quite relate to it. We read the information about the anonymous artist and they decided to pick something else. Before we walked away, though, one of them turned to me and asked why the manwho carved the piece committed suicide.

Needless to say, I couldn't speak for the man who carved the statue. But, on the drive home that afternoon, this song came spilling out. It felt like the answer that kid was looking for and coming from someplace other than my frame of reference.

Get the LYRICS here.