Guy Clark’s latest, ‘Somedays the Song Writes You,’ could be among his best storytelling
As I have said recently, there is a lot of great new music that has just been released. This past week, it was Robert Earl Keen and Kris Kristofferson with new music.
Robert Earl’s good friend, Lyle Lovett, is releasing “Natural Forces” on Oct. 20. This week, however, it is another Texas musician I would like to tell you about, and that is Guy Clark and his new CD, “Somedays the Song Writes You.”
Robert Earl Keen called Guy Clark the king of the three-and-a-half-minute vignettes. I agree that Guy Clark is one of the great storytellers to go along with singer-songwriters to hit the music scene. This great new CD is no exception. Clark writes or co-writes 10 of the 11 songs on the disc.
It all starts with the title track, a self-explanatory song with these lyrics: “
The Guitar” is the next song, and I think it is an instant Guy Clark classic! I get goose bumps frequently from listening to certain songs, but it usually is not on the very first listen. That was the case with “The Guitar,” a beautifully spooky song about a haunted guitar in an old pawn shop. Here is a small sample: “
Hemingway’s Whiskey” is the disc’s third track, a song about whiskey being the common ground between a writer and a singer-songwriter: “
“The Coat” is a beautiful but heartbreaking love song. This one is about walking out on a stormy night without a coat after starting a fight with a single word. All the while, the weather worsens as he is working his way towards an apology and retrieving his coat.
Up next is another love song, “All She Wants is You,” which is followed by a cover of Townes Van Zandt’s classic, “If I Needed You,” with Bryn Davis and Shawn Camp on upright bass, mandolin and vocals respectively. “Hollywood” is the next song, and it is safe to say that Guy Clark doesn’t have a lot of use for Tinseltown: “
Eamon” is a pretty song about the life of a seaman on a merchant cargo steamer who goes home to die. The bluesy “Wrong Side of the Tracks” is a story about how hard it is to escape that life once you are in it, and is followed by “One Way Ticket Down,” which is somewhat related to the previous song.
The album closes with another beautiful track in “Maybe I Can Paint Over That,” a song about his relationship with his wife Susanna: “
In my opinion, every record Guy Clark makes is great. Some are better than others and “Somedays the Song Writes You” is already one of his very best. Tune in to Acoustic Sunday this week to hear some of it.