way over yonder in the minor key

Woody Guthrie, on his deathbed, continued writing song lyrics.  Too sick to perform them, or even set them to music, they all ended up in the care of his wife after his death.  Years later, she contacted Billy Bragg and Wilco and tasked them with making his words into songs.  Mermaid Avenue is the result of that tripartite collaboration.  This song in particular always spoke to me.

“There ain’t nobody that can sing like me…”

I really believe that.

 

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