And so, Fort Worth Blues (sung by Steve Earle):
Townes was a lyric genius, there's no doubt in my mind. His songs capture a kind of endemic personal sadness, known clinically as depression I guess. I can only take so much, before I start longing for little light and air. Wasn't it Dostoevsky who said it was much easier to write convincingly about sadness that about happiness? Townes did write a few sweet songs, and Fort Worth Blues is less about depression than about resignation. Here the place he sings about is not so much a far away dream, but something you carry with you wherever you go.