Jackson Browne

Everyone I’ve ever known has wished me well
Anyway that’s how it seems, it’s hard to tell
Maybe people only ask you how you’re doing
'Cause that’s easier than letting on how little they could care
But when you know that you’ve got a real friend somewhere
Suddenly all the others are so much easier to bear

Now to see things clear it’s hard enough I know
While you’re waiting for reality to show
Without dreaming of the perfect love
And holding it so far above
That if you stumbled onto someone real, you’d never know
(You’d never know)
You could be with somebody who is lonely too
(Sometimes it doesn’t show)
He might be trying to get across to you
(Words can be so slow)
When your own emptiness is all that’s getting through
There comes a point when you’re not sure why you’re still talking
I passed that point long ago
(Long ago)
Now I’m so tired of all this circling
And all these glimpses of the end
(You know it’s useless to pretend)
That’s all the voices say:

“You’ll go right on circling
Until you’ve found some kind of friend”

I saw you through the laughter and the noise
You were talking with the soldiers and the boys
While they scuffled for your weary smiles
I thought of all the empty miles
And the years that I’ve spent looking for your eyes
(Looking for your eyes)
And now I’m sitting here wondering what to say
(that you might recognize)
Afraid that all these words might scare you away
(And break through the disguise)
No one ever talks about their feelings anyway
Without dressing them in dreams and laughter
I guess it’s just too painful otherwise

Look
It’s like you’re standing in the window
Of a house nobody lives in
And I’m sitting in a car across the way
(Let’s just say)
It’s an early model chevrolet
(Let’s just say)
It’s a warm and windy day
You go and pack your sorrow
The trash man comes tomorrow
Leave it at the curb and we’ll just roll away

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Just silly when he wrote These Days

SILLY

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sixteen?

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Sounds so legit when Nico sings it

Seems so odd he wrote it back then

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i really don’t like the Nico version but got into it from this Jools Holland appearance back in the day where he does that arrangement - also really like the Mates Of State cover

What about St Vincent

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hmm nah

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Love me some JB

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Also tangentially i went to see James Taylor this week and it was heartbreakingly brilliant

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he’s so fucking good

I SAY GOODBYE TO JOSEPH AND MARIA
THEY THINK THEY SEE ANOTHER WAY

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also James Mercer is just a Jackson Browne rip off. who knew.

Hah I see that, but Mercer is closer to Neil Finn for me… marriage of melody to lyric is the crux of what both them do. Legit craftsmanship in all three instances though

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Good eggs

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Amazing hair, sultry voice. Doesn’t get much better when Frankie Valli comes in on Stay.

Probably the best “cruising down the highway” track of all time.

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Fucking handsome devil isn’t he?

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just watching this bit again on my download of this concert

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tom petty on guitar too!

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Imagine being a fly on the wall in Laurel Canyon in the 70’s. Jackson Browne, Neil, Joni, Crosby, Stills, Nash, Alice Cooper, Morrison, Mamas and the Papas, Eagles, the Monkees.

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Caught his set at Glastonbury 2010 in the middle of a blazing hot Saturday afternoon. Only knew a couple of songs, but it ended up being one of my highlights of the weekend. A fantasic performance.

Have been meaning to see him again, but it hasn’t happened yet. Sometime soon hopefully.

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