Saturday, August 27, 2016

Steve Earle & The Dukes - The Other Kind

Steve Earle has led a life that would make a good country song: dropped out of high school, worked blue collar jobs during the day while playing in a band at night, married seven (!) times, did time in prison for drugs and weapons charges.  But through it all, he's written a ton of great music that blends country with good solid rock.

This song from his 1990 album The Hard Way reached #37 on the rock charts.

The Other Kind (Songwriter: Steve Earle)
I woke up this morning and I took a look around at all that I got
These days I've been lookin' in the mirror and wondering if that's me lookin' back or not
I'm still the apple of my mama's eye
I'm my daddy's worst fears realized
Here of late all this real estate don't seem all that real to me sometimes
I'm back out on that road again
Turn this beast into the wind
There are those that break and bend
I'm the other kind, I'm the other kind
Now my old buddy, what's his name, says, "Man what the hell are you thinkin' 'bout
Fool, you got two of everything, but you hang your head just like you was down and out";
And I'm damn sure not suffering from a lack of love
There's plenty more where that came from
Ah - but leave it up to me to say something wrong and hurt someone before I'm done
You see it used to be I was really free
I didn't need no gasoline to run
Before you could say Jack Kerouac you'd turn your back and I'd be gone
Yeah nowadays I got me two good wheels and I seek refuge in aluminum and steel
Aw, it takes me out there for just a little while
And the years fall away with every mile

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