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Roy Howard’s Rock ‘n Roll Band

February 6, 2013

I wonder what Roy would say
If he could hear this song
Something sweet sardonic
Something true and strong.

If courage was a tapestry
Then Roy would truly be
A cloth of golden lightning weaves
Tall radiant and free.

Tonight I hear a guitar
Screaming through the trees
He rides the riff of courage
His rhythm in the breeze.

As he rides upon the guitar
Clutching Woodstock’s hand
He will turn to look upon us
From Roy’s rock ‘n roll band.

Woodstock was a friend of mine
And I know he loved it so
I cry as they both ride away
A distant hollowed glow.

As he rides upon the guitar
Clutching Woodstock’s hand
He will turn to look upon us
From Roy’s rock ‘n roll band
From Roy’s rock ‘n roll band.

Howie Block
Kauneonga Lake, NY

[Editor’s note: Roy Howard, the owner of Yasgur’s Farm in the Town of Bethel, NY, the site of several reunion weekends marking the anniversary of the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival, passed away on January 29 in Phoenix, AZ. For those interested in reading other memories about Howard, see Facebook/The Woodstock Guru.]