29.4.07

swim the seas for to ease your pain...





Live at the Old Quarter

Townes Van Zandt

(Tomato Records, 1977)



... music to live by ...

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A writer’s dream. There are few songwriters able to equal the depth of Van Zandt's lyrics.


Salvation sat and crossed herself
and called the devil partner
wisdom burned upon a shelf
who'll kill the raging cancer
seal the river at its mouth
take the water prisoner
fill the sky with screams and cries
bathe in fiery answers

            —from “Lungs”

One stage - Houston, Texas, 1973 - one voice, one guitar.

3 comments:

cogresha said...

Paradise may be my favorite song of all time! With Pancho and Lefty being right up there (I have a version of Dylan and Willie singing it together).

sam of the ten thousand things said...

My favorite Van Zandt - "Nothin'". And my favorite performance of it is Live in Berlin.

Cogresha, have you heard Jonell Mosser's album - Around Townes? If not, you should try to get it. She was his singer of choice to demo his songs. She does Tower Song, St. John the Gambler, A Song For, and others.

Thanks for the read and comment.

cogresha said...

No, I'll check it out. Thanks