Steve Earle


why do the great one always make it look easy?

I would trade Dylan tickets for one to see Steve Earl.

>>By bob mclane   (Monday, 2 Dec 2002 21:17)

hey guys! my dad has always listened to steve earl so i kinda grew up to his kind of music. i heard his jerusalem cd a few weeks ago(b/c 'someone' left it lying around =) ) and i just loved it!! i let my friends hear it and now they all love him, too!! but i was wondering about one song in particualr. the song 'the kind'. i know it has some deep special meaning, but we can't quite figure it out and my dad won't tell me. so i was wondering if you could help me out! that would awesome!! thank you so much!!! -cait

>>By cait   (Tuesday, 10 Jun 2003 04:10)

I saw Steve at a couple of apearances here in Chicago over the weekend (Borders in-store 12/5, Old Town School of Folk Music 12/6) and I witnessed and engaged, passionate artist with a strong agenda. Recently he took part in the Tell Us The Truth Tour that advocated against our current system of free trade and media consolidation.

I see a range of artists who are mobilizing to create honest dissent that utilizes the best of their artistry as well as astonishing technical aptitude.

The most potent message that Earle's concert imparted was that there is a shot at making real change and some goals are win-able. Rock-n-roll played with a purpose, a vision of the future, and an eye for the past is still (almost 50 years hence) a visceral, palpable force. And the distilled essence is a voice, a guitar, and a point of view.

>>By obelus   (Monday, 8 Dec 2003 23:29)

If your'e still about "Cait": - Here is 'The Kind'

Tell me a story 'bout a fella with a crazy dream
Everybody tells him that it won't amount to anything
He fires the shot heard around the world
He wins the prize and he gets the girl
That's the kind of story I like – the kind that makes you think

Sing me a song about a cowboy with an achin' heart
Ridin' along the lonesome prairie 'bout to fall apart
Every time those doggies moan
He doesn't feel so all alone
That's the kind of song that I like – the kind that breaks your heart

Paint me a picture of a girl with a secret smile
Lookin' back at ya 'cross the years through ancient eyes
You're standin' there like an open door
'Cause she's seen it all before
That's the kind of picture I like – the kind that makes you sigh.

Some thoughts and a bit of research: -
Nicely written to encompass story, song & picture in 3 verses
Verse 1: -

The "shot heard around the world" refers to the battle at Lexington and Concord that started the Revolutionary War. When you won your independence, The US became the first democracy in modern times (all other countries at that time were either monarchies or colonies of monarchies).

Source: - quote from Emerson's poem

By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flags to April's breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Concord Hymn" (1837)

Verse 2 Looks pretty straight up in what it says.

Verse 3 sounds like a reference to the Mona Lisa. Italian name "La Gioconda", means "gay", "cheerful" i.e. "girl with a secret smile" because there is much discussion about the smile in the painting. It's definitely "ancient" and must have "seen it all before".

Probably too late but there you go.

>>By flamencoprof   (Tuesday, 9 Dec 2003 08:21)

Hi Cait!

I love Steve Earle too! I have no idea what that song means either!
My best friends mom got me into listening and now I am addicted. LOL---I was surfing around the web looking for some info about the meaning of that song--and came across an ecard with some new music on it...! It's so good. Check it out and let me know if you like it too. Bye--- I'll let you know if I come across anything
-SummerINyourCity - SummerC.

>>By SummerC.   (Tuesday, 3 Aug 2004 00:45)

>>By SummerC.   (Tuesday, 3 Aug 2004 00:47)

Have only seen Steve Earle twice, but he kicked proverbial ass both times.. Wish I had all his recordings..

later all....

>>By terrbo   (Sunday, 28 Nov 2004 18:26)

I've just got 'The Low Highway', Steve's latest offering, and as per usual, it is to a high standard.

My favourites are: Transcendental Blues, followed by Jerusalem.

>>By Gareth   (Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 15:13)

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