Wednesday, August 03, 2005

was just thinking about this - Jay Farrar and Kelly Willis did a wonderful cover of it

Rex's Blues - by Townes Van Zandt

Ride the blue wind high and free
she'll lead you down through misery
leave you low, come time to go
alone and low as low can be

If I had a nickel I'd find a game
If I won a dollar I'd make it rain
If it rained an ocean I'd drink it dry
and lay me down dissatisfied

Legs to walk and thoughts to fly
eyes to laugh and lips to cry
a restless tongue to classify
all born to grow and grown to die

So tell my baby I said so long
tell my mother I did no wrong
tell my brother to watch his own
and tell my friends to mourn me none

I'm chained upon the face of time
feelin' full of foolish rhyme
there ain't no dark till something shines
I'm bound to leave this dark behind

Ride the blue wind high and free
she'll lead you down through misery
leave you low, come time to go
alone and low as low can be

2 Comments:

At 1:29 PM, Blogger hewba said...

What do you think this song is about?

my buddy, whom has his own band, thinks its' about drinking...? i'm not so sure

 
At 8:16 PM, Blogger whiskeytown said...

it's about Wrecks Bell - his fellow bass player and hemmer ridge mountain ridge boy - good guy - still alive - owned the Old Quarter.

the 2nd Verse is a drinking verse, methinks - otherwise it's very reminiscent of Townes, but more of his leaving song variety -

I know he didn't play it when Wrecks was around, is what I heard :)

RB

 

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