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Your Favorite Steve Earle Song

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Subject: BS: Your Favorite Steve Earle Song
From: Bobert
Date: 03 Nov 02 - 08:24 PM

Well, as for me it's a toss up between "Devil's Right Hand" and "Copperhead Road". What's yours?


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Subject: RE: BS: Your Favorite Steve Earle Song
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 03 Nov 02 - 08:45 PM

I think I'll go for Devil's Right Hand, Bobert... although I have a couple dozen more that are close runner-ups..

Jerry


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Subject: RE: BS: Your Favorite Steve Earle Song
From: Clinton Hammond
Date: 03 Nov 02 - 09:02 PM

Goin' Over Yonder

Or

Galway Girl for me...

,-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Your Favorite Steve Earle Song
From: Big Mick
Date: 03 Nov 02 - 09:16 PM

On our new CD we tied Ashokan Farewell with his song "Dixieland". Works pretty well.

Mick


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Subject: RE: BS: Your Favorite Steve Earle Song
From: Midchuck
Date: 03 Nov 02 - 09:29 PM

Tie between "Copperhead Road" and "Dixieland," but Norman Blake's guitar break before the last two verses of "Tom Ames' Prayer," on the "Train A'Comin'" album, makes that my favorite particular recording, as opposed to song, of Earle's. I understand Norman to have stated he didn't compose that break beforehand, he just got the "nod" and ran with it. Incredible, even for him.

Peter.


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Subject: RE: BS: Your Favorite Steve Earle Song
From: Mooh
Date: 03 Nov 02 - 09:31 PM

Graveyard Shift. Simple blues song. Mooh.


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Subject: RE: BS: Your Favorite Steve Earle Song
From: Bluesmike
Date: 03 Nov 02 - 09:51 PM

Gee- Chrismas timein Washington sort of says a whole lot- but then Copperhead rd, Train a coming and well- he sort of swallowed the songwriting angel whole didn't he.
Michael Chandler
Dangar Island


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Subject: RE: BS: Your Favorite Steve Earle Song
From: Clinton Hammond
Date: 03 Nov 02 - 11:10 PM

What's the song he's got about the guy working the death-row in New York??? Rikers unit 1 or something like that...


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Subject: RE: BS: Your Favorite Steve Earle Song
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 03 Nov 02 - 11:16 PM

I Don't Want to Lose You Yet.


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Subject: RE: BS: Your Favorite Steve Earle Song
From: GUEST,Greycap
Date: 04 Nov 02 - 03:00 AM

Ben McCullough always sounds good. The Train A-Coming Cd was fine, just fine.


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Subject: RE: BS: Your Favorite Steve Earle Song
From: Skipjack K8
Date: 04 Nov 02 - 11:01 AM

Galway Girl


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Subject: RE: BS: Your Favorite Steve Earle Song
From: GUEST,MC Fat
Date: 04 Nov 02 - 11:04 AM

Still in Love With You and Sometimes She Forgets


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Subject: RE: BS: Your Favorite Steve Earle Song
From: GUEST,Den at work
Date: 04 Nov 02 - 11:52 AM

Too many to name. But a few off the top would be, Over yonder, Halo round the Moon, Fort Worth Blues, Steve's last Ramble, Telegraph Road, The Boy who never Cried, Galway Girl, Valentine's Day, Goodbye. I'm a big fan and rumour has it that he may be coming up to Nova Scotia for the Minglewood Festival.


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Subject: RE: BS: Your Favorite Steve Earle Song
From: Barbara Shaw
Date: 04 Nov 02 - 11:52 AM

I haven't heard much of his music, but always liked this one:

Guitar Town
(Steve Earle)

Hey pretty baby are you ready for me
It's your good rockin' daddy down from Tennessee
I'm just out of Austin bound for San Antone
With the radio blastin' and the bird dog on
There's a speed trap up ahead in Selma Town
But no local yokel gonna shut me down
'Cause me and my boys got this rig unwound
And we've come a thousand miles from a Guitar Town

Nothin' ever happened 'round my hometown
And I ain't the kind to just hang around
But I heard someone callin' my name one day
And I followed that voice down the lost highway
Everybody told me you can't get far
On thirty-seven dollars and a jap guitar
Now I'm smokin' into Texas with the hammer down
And a rockin' little combo from the Guitar Town

Hey pretty baby don't you know it ain't my fault
I love to hear the steel belts hummin' on the asphalt
Wake up in the middle of the night in a truck stop
Stumble in the restaurant wonderin' why I don't stop

Gotta keep rockin' why I still can
I gotta two pack habit and a motel tan
But when my boots hit the boards I'm a brand new man
With my back to the riser I make my stand
And hey pretty baby won't you hold me tight
We're loadin' up and rollin' out of here tonight
One of these days I'm gonna settle down
And take you back with me to the Guitar Town


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Subject: RE: BS: Your Favorite Steve Earle Song
From: 53
Date: 04 Nov 02 - 01:01 PM

Guitar Town and HIllbilly Highway


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Subject: RE: BS: Your Favorite Steve Earle Song
From: fogie
Date: 04 Nov 02 - 01:05 PM

Goin to New York City just like the way it sounds.


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Subject: RE: BS: Your Favorite Steve Earle Song
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 04 Nov 02 - 01:20 PM

'There's something 'bout a Monday that always gets me down'


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Subject: RE: BS: Your Favorite Steve Earle Song
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 04 Nov 02 - 01:22 PM

Did he do 'Billy Austin'? I like that 'un too.


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Subject: RE: BS: Your Favorite Steve Earle Song
From: lady penelope
Date: 04 Nov 02 - 03:05 PM

Copperhead road. That riff gets me every time.....

TTFN M'Lady P.


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Subject: RE: BS: Your Favorite Steve Earle Song
From: Clinton Hammond
Date: 04 Nov 02 - 03:15 PM

No one knows the answer to my question?

Or do people just post to these threads without reading them?


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Subject: RE: BS: Your Favorite Steve Earle Song
From: Coyote Breath
Date: 05 Nov 02 - 01:52 AM

Clinton Hamilton, I confess I don't know the song and I've only got the one Copperhead Road album (I really like THAT cut,Devils Right Hand, it's OK, I like Back to the Wall better, though).

This thread makes me want to hear more of the lad. I haven't heard anything I didn't like even if I didn't rave on it.

CB

PS CH, don't let it get to ya, I RARELY get a post responded to, but, then, I am a certified smartass, no doubt.


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Subject: RE: BS: Your Favorite Steve Earle Song
From: Clinton Hammond
Date: 05 Nov 02 - 02:04 AM

Oh believe me, I do not let the internet get to me...

You looking for more Steve Earle? Get Kazaa or another good peer-to-peer file sharer, and download away!

;-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Your Favorite Steve Earle Song
From: Big Tim
Date: 05 Nov 02 - 02:31 AM

CH: "Ellis Unit One" for the film "Dead Man Walking" - terrific song.


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Subject: RE: BS: Your Favorite Steve Earle Song
From: van lingle
Date: 05 Nov 02 - 03:02 AM

Someday is also brilliant.


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Subject: RE: BS: Your Favorite Steve Earle Song
From: Big Tim
Date: 05 Nov 02 - 04:33 AM

Johnny Came Lately. "Gonna drink Camden Town dry tonight, if I have to spend my last paound"! He got a big cheer when I heard him sing that line in London a few years ago. Also saw in in Glasgow, got the t-shirt, prefer him in acoustic-ish mode.


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Subject: RE: BS: Your Favorite Steve Earle Song
From: Bullfrog Jones
Date: 05 Nov 02 - 04:37 AM

Too many, too many.... The Bullfrogs do Copperhead Road and Johnny Come Lately --- and we're on the The Original Unofficial Steve Earle Website in the section listing his songs by other artistes. (The site is a great SE resource BTW). My personal favourite is Valentine's Day. It's the first song I ever sang to the Beloved -- and it worked!

BJ


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Subject: RE: BS: Your Favorite Steve Earle Song
From: 53
Date: 05 Nov 02 - 08:42 AM

Copperhead road is ok


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Subject: RE: BS: Your Favorite Steve Earle Song
From: 53
Date: 05 Nov 02 - 08:47 AM

Our Band used to play this tune and it was a fun song to play.


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Steve Earle Song
From: Coyote Breath
Date: 05 Nov 02 - 12:59 PM

Thanks CH.

Right now I am up to my earballs archeiving a couple of thousand (it sure seems that many) tunes/songs from my collection. Just getting the "raw" data into MP3 files for later editing, cataloging, cleaning up. DANG it is a lot of work! Point is I am on the web more often right now as I need to baby sit the turn table and keep an eye on the wave creating application (Cool Edit 2000) and can jump on and off the net about every 20 minutes or so to save the file. When all the data is finally stored I will go get some Earle music (and a few others)

Oh the joys of being a retred!

CB


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Steve Earle Song
From: Tiger
Date: 07 Nov 02 - 07:37 AM

It would have to be "Fort Worth Blues" written to honor his friend and mentor Townes Van Zandt.


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Steve Earle Song
From: Bobert
Date: 07 Nov 02 - 07:59 AM

Clinton: Yes, he did write "Billy Austin"

Bobert


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Steve Earle Song
From: Big Mick
Date: 07 Nov 02 - 08:04 AM

Yep, Clinton loves Steve Earle so much that he is willing to steal his music so he can't make more. Nice................


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Steve Earle Song
From: GUEST,Smitty
Date: 13 May 11 - 07:05 PM

The song Clinton was referring to was "Ellis Unit 1"


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Steve Earle Song
From: gnu
Date: 13 May 11 - 07:23 PM

Copperhead Road.


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Steve Earle Song
From: michaelr
Date: 13 May 11 - 07:44 PM

Jerusalem


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Steve Earle Song
From: Brian May
Date: 14 May 11 - 07:01 AM

Pilgrim


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Steve Earle Song
From: Brian Peters
Date: 14 May 11 - 07:34 AM

As with many songwriters, you might say that Steve Earle peaked early. I'm with Bobert - 'Copperhead Road' and 'Devil's Right Hand' are perfect mini-ballads, combining classic folksong-style storytelling with authentic blue-collar vernacular. And, of course, both songs really rock. Another song from that era that I rate very highly but never seems to get quoted on lists like this is 'Number 29' - another lovely snapshot of small-town, rust-belt America, with a poignant story to tell.

I don't think he ever surpassed those lyrically, although all of his anti-death-penalty material ('Billy Austin', 'Ellis Unit 1' and 'Over Yonder') is strong, as are his Appalachian coal mine songs ('Harlan Man' and 'The Mountain'). 'Taneytown' is a tough commentary on small-town racism.

As far as making a great noise goes, if you just want to hear some really raunchy music (which to my ears blows away a lot of so-called 'hard rock'), listen to 'Goin' to New York City' or 'The Unrepentant'. For sentimentality, 'I'm Still in Love with You' (one of his classic Emmylou duets) is gorgeous, and like Tiger I love 'Forth Worth Blues' as well... and a lot of the bluegrass stuff. Oh, and I nearly forgot forgot 'My Old Friend the Blues'.

I can't think of another songwriter who's turned out so much great material in such a variety of styles.

Most of you Earle fans will already have seen this show but, if not, go to the Youtubes of the 'To Hell and Back' concert from Cold Creek Correctional Facility, Tennessee, in 1996.

There's a great Unrepentant, and it really took some balls to sing Ellis Unit 1 to this particular audience!


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Steve Earle Song
From: Teribus
Date: 15 May 11 - 03:59 AM

I'm with Big Tim - "Johnny Come Lately" - every time, fantastic song.


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