Back When We Were Beautiful

Album: Old Yellow Moon (2013)

Songfacts®:

  • This is a track from Old Yellow Moon, a duets LP recorded by Emmylou Harris and her longtime live guitarist Rodney Crowell. Harris told Rolling Stone: "I think we always knew we would do a record together one day. I guess it was sometime last year that I said, 'You know, if we're going to do this record, we've got to put a fence around some time and get started."
  • The Matraca Berg penned ballad addresses the matter of aging. Emmylou told Mojo magazine: "It's difficult growing old, because you're competing against album covers when you were 26 or 27. But ultimately what choices do you have? I just feel it's wrong to say, 'I looked good in my youth but I'm not satisfied with how I look now."

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