Songfacts®: You can leave comments about the song at the bottom of the page.
Fans of Alternative Country artist Steve Earle were treated to a preview of I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive, when this song got played on HBO's New Orleans based show Treme several months before the album's release. Earle, who plays a recurring street musician, composed the song especially for the drama series.
Earle recorded the song with producer T-Bone Burnett in New Orleans. The horns were arranged and conducted by the influential New Orleans R&B musician Allen Toussaint
The song features backing vocals by the actor Tim Robbins. Surprised to find the Shawshank Redemption
actor popping up on a Steve Earle album? Robbins does have a musical pedigree - his father Gil was a member of the folk music group The Highwaymen and Robbins himself has recorded his own material
"This City" was nominated for a 2010 Emmy in the Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics category and a 2010 Grammy in the Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media category.
The Real Nick Drake
The head of Drake's estate shares his insights on the late folk singer's life and music.
Did Eric Clapton really steal George's wife? What's the George Harrison-Monty Python connection? Set the record straight with our Fact or Fiction quiz.