Fort Worth Blues

Album: El Corazon (1997)
  • In Fort Worth all the neon's burnin' bright
    Pretty lights green and blue
    They'd shut down all the honky-tonks tonight
    And say a prayer or two if they only knew

    You always said the highway was your home
    But we both know that ain't true
    It's just the only place a man can go
    When he don't know where he's travellin' to

    And Colorado's always clean and healin'
    And Tennessee in spring is green and cool
    It never really was your kind of town
    But you went around with the Fort Worth Blues

    And somewhere up above the great divide
    Where the sky is wide and the clouds are few
    A man can see his way clear to the light
    Ah just hold on tight that's all you gotta do

    And they say Texas weather's always changin'
    One thing change'll bring is somethin' new
    And Houston really ain't that bad a town
    So you hung around with the Fort Worth Blues

    There's a full moon over Galway Bay tonight
    Silver light over green and blue
    And every place I travel through I find
    Some kinda sign that you've been through

    And Amsterdam's always good for grievin'
    And London never fails to leave me blue
    And Paris never was my kinda town
    So I walked around with the Fort Worth Blues

Comments: 5

  • Neil from Austin, TxFort Worth has produced several unsung incredible talents. Besides Townes Van Zandt, there is Freddie King, Delbert McClinton, Buddy Starcher,Yodelin' Kenny Roberts and David Persons.
    Fort Worth has been in many ways every bit as influential as Austin, and both have blown Houston, San Antonio and Dallas out of the water for the quality and character of the musicians they have produced. Of no city is this truer than Fort Worth, and Van Zandt and the others I have listed (Persons is probably the least known and most unsung, yet has written some of the best stuff out there) were brought up in a unique stew of music, storytelling, blues and religious faith that has, and continues to, shape a unique sound and a unique kind of songwriter - and song.
  • Jeff from Boulder , Coin a recent dream I'm singing and teaching words of Steve Earle. It's just a hunch (I'm not sure) but it could have been Ft. Worth Blues.

    Steve's Songs,

    in a recent dream I'm singing and teaching
    Steve Earle's songs to school children

    some of Steve's songs are sacred to me
    so much so that I am not ashamed

    to sing and teach them
    to school kids

    Steve's songs fill me with such hope and sadness
    they are one of the few things that
    can heal my madness

    it's also my soul's opinion that his songs
    have the capacity to heal the world's
    meanness and madness

    they are classless, timeless...eternal
    I'd be proud to have them
    sung at my funeral

    so I sing and teach Steve's songs
    to grade schooler's

    that they might bring comfort
    to a new generation
    of souls

    2010

    Jeffery J. Rahn


  • Joanna from Kyle, Txi love Steve Earle, he and I both grew up in Texas, right down the road from each other....as a recovering addict myself, his story, and his music, have always been a great inspiration in my life.

    God bless Steve Earle and Texas and Townes Van Zandt.....
  • Ben from Prince George, CanadaSteve Earle tells a great story about his days of being a heroin junkie. He says Townes shows up at his door , and proceeds to berate him for using drugs (Which was ironic, because for Townes to be there was a classic case of the blind leading the blind). Townes askd him if he was using needles and Steve said yeah. Townes said "Clean ones? Every time?"

    Steve says, "Of course Townes. I ain't stupid."

    Townes ends the conversation with, "Well ok then. I got this really cool song to show you!"
  • Ursula from Napa, CaThat was Nanci Griffith.
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