Category Archives: Music

You’re going places I’ve been to…

When Bruce Springsteen heard John Prine was recording an album, he asked if he could sing on a track.  This was the perfect song to add him to.

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I don’t like it but…

A simple little song about accepting unhappy situations. Full lyrics HERE.

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“No, we don’t ever call them ‘beer joints…'”

Every so often a country singer decided to make a “country rap” song, and they never fail to be awful.  (The Bellamy Brothers did one that was particularly cringeworthy (YouTube Link).) But I would argue that Tom T Hall has made legitimate country rap for most of his career.  His songs typically focus more on …

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I’m almost out of cigarettes…

The song was written by Tom T. Hall and was a hit for Bobby Bare in 1969. There aren’t a lot of songs that make you feel bad for the cheater.  I like the switch in perspective. Full lyrics HERE.

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Great Minds Think Alike

I love it when I find a common link between two (seemingly) very different people: “Around us, life bursts with miracles, a glass of water, a ray of sunshine, a leaf, a caterpillar, a flower, laughter, raindrops. If you live in awareness, it is easy to see miracles everywhere. Each human being is a multiplicity …

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Let the Bad Guy win every once in a while…

This was one of the first songs where I really noticed the lyrics.  A dance with no steps, a song with no melody, a story with no moral; it’s about removing boundries and living a life that’s free. Full lyrics HERE. (If you’ve followed this blog a while, you’ve probably seen me post this song …

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Then what?

There are a lot of cheatin’ songs in country music, but this one takes a little different tack.  The steel drum adds interest, too.  It’s just really well done. Full lyrics HERE.

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Someone You Loved

I love the emotion in his voice. Full lyrics HERE. (This was recommended by Spirited Soul.)

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If the thunder don’t get you, then the lightning will…

Full lyrics HERE.

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Dropping all that

“Enlightenment is not something you achieve. It is the absence of something. All your life you have been going forward after something, pursuing some goal. Enlightenment is dropping all that.”  ~Charlotte Joko Beck And that reminded me of this: Full lyrics HERE.

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Welcome

It occurred to me how similar in tone Robert Frost’s poem The Pasture is to John Prine’s song Summer’s End: The Pasture By Robert Frost I’m going out to clean the pasture spring; I’ll only stop to rake the leaves away (And wait to watch the water clear, I may): I sha’n’t be gone long– …

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As Time Goes By…

I love the flute. Full lyrics HERE.

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