I did a lot of research when writing “Prairie Gold,” and was very happy to learn that there had been a Minneapolis-Moline dealership in Baraboo, just up the road from the family farm in Some Kind of Sign. After all, it is the most mellifluous tractor brand name; nothing else comes close.
As far as I know, this is the only song that celebrates the Model R Minneapolis-Moline. Or, for that matter, any model
On hearing this song, Marnie’s grandfather commented that it was pretty good, but now I had to write one about Farmalls. (I still haven’t done that, but it would likely happen before I wrote one about John Deeres.)
As with all the songs in Some Kind of Sign,
I wrote “Prairie Gold” in October 2003.
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