THE ROOT THAT ATE ROGER
©2011 John Fuzek

He was buried in his backyard
a corner plot
but fifty years later,
they forgot
The spade-man was digging
and tickled his toes
He didn’t know Roger was down below

Thirty years Roger’s lost again
Slipped the mind of every citizen
Someone thought they should find his site
But the British went and started a fight

In 1860 Roger’s kin
Tried to find
where Roger’s been
They searched and dug
and found a grave
Nails and hinges was all the ground saved

There was something odd under the sod
An apple tree’s divining rod
Had ransacked and rotted Roger’s bones
From his head to his feet a root had grown

The Root ate Roger
He fed the tree
The tree made apples
For you and me
We can taste the Hope
And we can be free
If  we  just eat the fruit
from Roger’s tree

Now it’s coffin-framed and on display
As a curious keepsake of yesterday
Roger’s dust is under a stone
Overlooking his Providence home

The Root ate Roger
He fed the tree
The tree made apples
For you and me
We can taste the Hope
And we can be free
If  we  just eat the fruit
from Roger’s tree

If we just eat the fruit
from Roger’s tree
JOHN FUZEK
John Fuzek - Vocal, Six String Banjo

Recorded at
Scredco Studio
by Greg Bass

www.johnfuzek.com
This song was 15 years in the making - sort of, but not
really. John first had the idea for the song when he was
given an old newspaper article about a root that was found
in Roger William's grave site. He always thought it would
make an interesting song but he didn't write it until three
days before the Singing About Providence show in Oct of
2011. He had a conversation with John McNiff, a park ranger
at Roger William's National Memorial. McNiff told him the tale
of the "Roger William's Root" and gave him a booklet with a
short version of the story. After doing more research about
the subject than one would do for a college term paper,
Fuzek took the stories of Roger Williams and the root and
turned them into the verses for the song, "The Root That
Ate Roger". All of it is true.