9. Night Out on the Prairie - ©  Anne B. Wilson 2010

Songnote:
Kind of a tongue-in-cheek children's song, this is dedicated to all,”
young and old, who love to get out on foot and experience the prairie.  They
know that especially at evening time, it is a thoroughly entertaining place to be
and a great way to cleanse your mind of the day's worries.  To the occasional
dismayed urbanite who asks, "What do you do out there?" - this is an attempt
to explain.

Lyrics:
Let's slip into our evening wear of hiking boots and jeans
And walk up to the hills to make the prairie night life scene
This night out on the prairie, it's just the place to be
It's a walk out on the wild side, and the tickets in are free

Our prairie evening party has a guest list miles long
Of critters who all come to life when evening's comin' on
Our hostess is the hoot owl perched high up on a limb
She's calling out to all her friends "Who-who's a'comin in?"

The bobcat's out a'prowlin, the rabbit's on the run
The coyote pups are howlin and stirrin up some fun
The coons down on the creekbank, the badger's by her den
The possum's hangin upside-down & the bats are on the wing

The sunset is our movie, our theatre is the sky
The coyotes sing the soundtrack as we go strollin by
The settin sun now paints the hills a dreamy reddish glow
In a gall'ry of the finest art they'd call this Best of Show

The nighthawks do their nosedive and swoop again up high
They're flyin acrobatics like a circus in the sky
The sunset turns the lights down low to let the romance start
The froggies & the crickets sing to win their darlins' hearts

We finally have to head home though the party's going strong
Our worries and our troubles now are over with and gone
We look back one more time to see those hilltops from afar
Our prairie evening party's filled up with a thousand stars

This night out on the prairie, it's just the place to be
It's a walk out on the wild side and the tickets in are free
Clean Curve of Hill Against Sky
Volume 1 Songs of the Kansas Flint Hills
Wildlife photos by Ron Klataske; sunset photos by Annie Wilson
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