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Category: Mary Gauthier

‘On the Road…again’: a Theme-Time 30 minutes – Part 2

Of course, after finishing the first post, I began to think of a large number of other songs that included the word ‘road’ in the title.

Hopefully, these are some of the best of those

1. Jonathan Richman, “Roadrunner”

2. Ray Charles, ‘Hit the Road Jack”

3. Johnny Cash, ‘Wide Open Road”

4. Robert Earl Keen ‘The Road goes on forever’

5. Luke Kelly, ‘Raglan Road”:

6. Mary Gauthier, ‘Same Road”:

6. Eric Andersen, ‘Today is the Highway’:

7. Schubert, ‘Der Wegweiser (‘The Signpost’) Fischer-Dieskau/Billing:

8. June Tabor, ‘The Turn of the Road’:

‘Home Before Dark’: A Theme Time 15 Minutes – Part Two

Should add that I named the original post after one of my favourite books of all time, Susan Cheever’s great memoir about her father, John Cheever. In my opinion, Cheever is, perhaps – along with Raymond Carver and Richard Ford – the best American short story writer.

Have been thinking about songs with ‘Home’ in the title or as a theme and have come up with these additions to the list:

1. Rory Gallagher ‘Philby’ – Rory’s great song about not having a home:

2. Robert Johnson, ‘Sweet Home Chicago’:

3. These are, I think, alternative versions of the same original song (the ‘folk process’, as it were), but they show clearly the differences between these two fine artists:
Paul Clayton, ‘Home, Dearie, Home’:

There is a sample of this song here:
http://www.pandora.com/paul-clayton/bay-state-ballads/home-dearie-home

Luke Kelly, ‘Home, Boys, Home’:

4. John Martyn, ‘Baby Please Come Home; – from his greatest album…

5. Mary Gauthier, ‘Can’t Find the Way’ – a great, great song about homelessness:

6. Eric Andersen, ‘Feel like Coming Home”
There is a sample of this song here (it is track 12):
http://www.amazon.com/Beat-Avenue-Eric-Andersen/dp/B000087DRW

7. Bert Jansch, Running from Home’:

8. Bob Dylan.’I was young when I left Home’: Dylan’s great re-working of ’99 Miles”

9. Eric Bibb, ‘New Home’:

Mary Gauthier, Steve Earle and Goodbyes

Have recently been listening to a lot of Mary Gauthier recently, who, I think, must be reckoned among the great songwriters of recent times.

There is a honesty about her music, which is enormously appealing in an age of so much manufactured garbage. Her songs also pack a great deal of emotional weight. This one, perhaps, most of all:

 

The song this one brought to my mind is Steve Earle’s Goodbye, perhaps his most perfect song and one of the saddest songs I have ever heard. The harmonica solo on it is the sound of complete loneliness (sez he):

 

And to round it off, here is ‘Invisible’ from Earle’s new album – another song which proves the continuing relevance and potency of a good ‘topical’ song: