Robert told me about Brown's records: “The more you listen to them, the better they get.” He is so right. Each time I listen to this record, I am more impressed with what I am hearing.
The lyrics to his songs are often very simple, yet they always say a lot. He also has a huge range of topics in his songs. He writes about growing up and growing old (If I Had Known and Laughing River). He writes about love and relationships (Poet Game and Spring Wind). Many of the songs address the situation of rural people in this country and their disappointments (Worrisome Years). Several of his songs express concerns about our environment and the encroachment of the city on rural land and life styles (Boomtown and Two Little Feet). He also displays a quirky sense of humor in several songs (no wonder REK likes him).
The next track on the disk is called Worrisome Years. In contrast to the up tempo If I had Known, this song shows Brown's more serious side. Here he sings about rural people and their problems. It is a great tune:
Another great track that rocks a little more than some of the others is Boomtown. Once again, Brown's lyrics hit the mark while the band hit a great groove. This is another one that I have been singing for weeks. Here it is:
These are some of the more accessible songs on the disk. I hope they will intrigue you enough to buy this collection. There are several more songs including Poet Game and Spring Wind that are very beautiful and thoughtful. Here are some lyrics from Spring Wind:
My friends are gettin older,
so I guess I must be too.
Without their loving kindness,
I don't know what I'd do.
Oh the wine bottle's half empty--
the money's all spent.
And we're a cross between our parents
and hippies in a tent.
Love calls like the wild birds--
it's another day.
A Spring wind blew my list of
things to do...away.
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