Thursday, February 28, 2008

March 16-20, 1992

I'm probably one of the biggest Uncle Tupelo fans you know. Their third album, March 16-20, 1992, has stood the test of time to become my favorite and I've returned to it again and again over the past couple years. When it was released, fans were a bit taken aback because it is a collection of traditional folk songs and traditional sounding original tunes and lacks any of the rock edge that had been found on their prior two albums. I won't go into their full history here, but Uncle Tupelo are recognized as being one of the seminal bands to merge country and punk rock in a meaningful way. One of the strengths of this album is that it is really hard to tell which of the tracks are traditional and which were penned by the band.

The track Moonshiner, in particular, has been on repeat regularly on my iPod and in my head.

Moonshiner (traditional)

I've been a moonshiner
For seventeen long years
And I spent all my money
On whiskey and beer
And I go to some hollow
And set up my still
If whiskey don't kill me
Lord, I don't know what will

And I go to some barroom
To drink with my friends
Where the women they can't follow
To see what I spend
God bless them pretty women
I wish they was mine
With breath as sweet as
The dew on the vine

Let me eat when I'm hungry
Let me drink when I'm dry
Two dollars when I'm hard up
Religion when I die
The whole world is a bottle
And life is but a dram
When the bottle gets empty
Lord, it sure ain't worth a damn

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