Meet The Man Half Way

Copyright Registered with the Library of Congress as: Delbridge Lyrics Volume 1
© 2010 J. Andy Delbridge /


The Blue Ridge glowed peacefully from the day’s first rays
1891—a cold Autumn day
Teacher from Dancin’ Creek sent the students for firewood
Little Ottie Powell gathered what he could

As Ottie tried to free a stubborn chestnut limb
The other boys returned to class way ahead of him
The lost boy began to run chased only by his fears
Ran up the mountain until he disappeared

His little legs took him so far and so high
So high he touched the sky where the hawks and eagles fly
Fighting Mother Nature the boy could not win
On that cold, Virginia mountain chilled by the wind
He went up that mountain some say
To meet the Man half way

He ran for miles 'til he reached Bluff Mountain peak
He laid down, closed his eyes, started his final sleep
In just one more week he would’ve turned five
Never again would anyone see him alive

After five months, the news quickly spread
His  body found with his hat still on his head
The very next day the grieving neighbors gathered around
That sad April day little Ottie was laid in the ground

Repeat Chorus

Today hikers speak of a phenomenal tale
As they camp on Bluff Mountain on the Appalachian Trail
They hear the giggles of a boy out of sight
Who never is seen in the dim moonlight

He went up that mountain some say
To meet the Man half way
Above Buena Vista that day, he met God half way

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