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Morning is the Long Way Home
Dropped D tuning.


Pamela Brown
"Pamela Brown" is a Tom T. Hall song that was given to me by Ron Nagle. Ron was being harassed by an arsonist who called himself The Torch. He was in the neighborhood in Berkeley, and he would leave notes in people's mailboxes that would say, "Leave $20 in your mailbox, or I will burn your house down. Signed, The Torch.". The Torch wasn't too bright. Ron, to his glee, got one of these notes in his mailbox, and it didn't take long to catch this guy. He set a few fires. He set a trash can on fire.
    Ron and I were talking about The Torch and he said, "Hey, I just heard a tune that would fit for you, and he played it for me. It just knocked me out, and I think it is the best tune Tom has written. That is one of the tightest lyrics I have ever heard. There is hardly a wasted word. [from Anthology liner notes] Open G tuning.

A Good Egg
Dropped D tuning.


Tilt Billings and the Student Prince


All Through the Night
Open G tuning.


Short Stories


You Tell Me Why
Sal Valentino sang this. He's one of my favorite singers. "You tell me like was meant to be one-third good, two-thirds misery. You tell me why."
[from Anthology liner notes]

You Know I Know You Know


Born to Be With You
"Born to Be With You" is not a tune that many other people would be comfortable with sticking on a record, but I've never cared too much for that way of thinking. The guy who wrote it is name Don Robertson. Robertson was, evidently, the originator of that Floyd Cramer piano-style that a lot of piano players would like to kill him for. I always liked it. But Robertson always demoed his tunes on the piano. This is how he always played. Floyd supposedly heard some of that and started adopting that approach. It doesn't really matter, because everybody goes through somebody, but it has always interested me.
[from Anthology liner notes]

A Child Should Be a Fish

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