One Good Year

Slaid Cleaves is an underrated and mostly unknown talent! For me he’s just behind Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark and Tom Russell in the Americana songwriting stakes and at this time of the year I like to play one of his most beautiful songs: One Good Year.
And while it is beautiful it is also heartrendingly bleak. But if like me you are more of a “let’s have a beer on a Saturday afternoon-type” than one that likes all this organised Christmas do/NYE stuff then you’ll probably stay in tonight, get drunk and all melancholy. If that is you then I suggest you also search out this sad-eyed ballad of the Texas lowlands.
If you haven’t had the greatest of years then here’s hoping 2013 is better.
Meanwhile thank your lucky stars that you are not as down as Slaid (or whoever he is singing about) is in this epic beautiful song.
Beautiful but desperate…

“It’s New Year’s day
Just like the day before
Same old skies of grey
Same empty bottles on the floor
Another year gone by
And I’m thinking once again
How can I take this losing hand
And somehow win

Just give me one good year
To get my feet back on the ground
I’ve been chasing grace
But grace ain’t so easily found
One bad hand can devil a man
Chase him and carry him down
I gotta get out of here
Just give me one good year

I’m burning oil
Engine’s running rough
I drive from job to job
But it’s never enough
I can’t find the will
To just up and get away
Some kind of chains holding me down
To make me stay.

Just give me one good year
To get my feet back on the ground
I’ve been chasing grace
But grace ain’t so easily found

One bad hand can devil a man
Chase him and carry him down
I gotta get out of here
Just give me one good year
It’s a bitter wind
In your face every day
It’s the little sins
That wear your soul away
When you start giving in
Where do the promises all go
Will your darkest hour
Write a blank cheque on your soul

Just give me one good year
To get my feet back on the ground
I’ve been chasing grace
But grace ain’t so easily found
One bad hand can devil a man
A good one can turn him around
I gotta get out of here
Just give me one good year”

HAPPY NEW YEAR

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