Friday, April 17, 2009

Tour Songs - Episode 2

Our first song this episode was written by the great Kris Kristofferson. Kristofferson wrote this song while working as a janitor in a recording studio in Nashville, and it changed his life forever. He actually flew his helicopter to Johnny Cash's house and landed in his front yard to deliver the demo of "Sunday Morning Coming Down" to Cash personally. I don't believe he ever cleaned a toilet again after that day. Kristofferson put it on his first record and Johnny recorded it in 1970 and took it to #1. It just doesn't happen like that anymore. I wish I had a helicopter, and Johnny Cash was still alive, and I knew where he lived. Although I'm not quite sure I would have a song quite as good to hand to him.

Anyway, there is always time for this tune on the road, especially after a hard night. Here is mine and Rod's best attempt at not butchering a very sacred classic.

Upon recording what we thought was the most appropriate and accurate representation of the song, we thought that maybe an up-tempo version was in order. But the gods said, "NO."

Yarn loves the sad songs, and Townes Van Zandt sure knew how to write one. This next song is called "No Place To Fall" This is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard, Van Zandt was a true genius, and deserved a much happier life, although maybe he didn't really want one. Rest in peace Townes, we'll see you soon.

That's all for now, see you next time.

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