Artist: James McMurtry. Album: Complicated Game. He walked the road with his back all bent Ever since the accident Leaning on his walking cane He kept walking just the same [Chorus:] Deaver's gone from the crossing No one now keeps the ford From the banks of Jeremiah's run Off into the setting sun He was there through the darkest nights The gypsy moth and the chestnut blight The market crash and the teapot dome He was there when the boys came home [Chorus] He was there when Uncle Sam Took away the neighbors' land To make that Shenandoah Park The Woods got thick and the woods got dark Start walking back towards town Retrace your steps as you go Keep walking, watch the ground It's there somewhere I know Deaver's gone Mrs.
Deaver, too Finer folk you never knew With smiles for all you passers by And in the churchyard now they lie So, when you fish that March brown hatch Won't you share your morning's catch With those whose ground you walked across May their memory be not lost [Chorus]. Note: When you embed the widget in your site, it will match your site's styles CSS. This is just a preview! Cannot annotate a non-flat selection. Make sure your selection starts and ends within the same node.
Top reviews from the United States. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Verified Purchase. It was worth the wait. It wasn't that James didn't want to make a new album.
He stays on the road to pay the bills and holing up in a studio for weeks at a time just wasn't going to happen. So he turned to swamp rocker C. Adcock for a change of pace and dropped in to work on his album in New Orleans as often as possible. The result is another stellar collection of short stories set to music.
His stellar electric guitar work gets set aside this time for an acoustic guitar and fiddle sound. It doesn't mean the album is wimpy by any stretch of the imagination. Hunters, fishermen, discharged soldiers, displaced Okies in Long Island , etc. Nobody else writes like James. The characters in his songs are everybody's friends, neighbors, relatives, ex wives, ex husbands, ex lovers. They drink too much, they have too much month at the end of the money and they've stopped looking for that light at the end of the tunnel.
Highly recommended. As many have said I've been waiting a long time for this album, it was worth the wait. In my opinion there is no other songwriter who gets small town and real american life than James McMurtry. Complicated Games is one of his best examples of that skill. From the incredible images of Carlisle's Haul to the feelings of desperation in South Dakota you can feel the soul of the hard life of middle America.
It has the great acoustic simplicity for most of the songs that just lets McMurtry's soul shine through. I own everything McMurtry's ever recorded and although it's hard to pick a favorite, this is in the running. Really, no active songwriter can grab a listener with stories and sharply cut images like James McMurtry. I laughed out loud at the first line of Copper Canteen, 'Honey, don't be yelling at me when I'm cleaning my gun. Carlisle's Haul is the epic here, a moving story of friends helping out friends by fishing out of season, with the proud chorus, 'It's hard not to cry and cuss, this old world is just bigger than us, and all we got is pride and trust in our kind.
And South Dakota, about a soldier back from a tour being counseled to re-up, with its line that keeps going through my head: 'barbed wire won't stop the wind. One other thing: the sound quality is excellent.
Every instrument, every vocal, clear and ringing out. There are no lead guitar solos, and none of the tracks are party stompers or honky-tonk classics maybe Forgotten Shore comes close. But what's here is hugely satisfying, well worth the six year wait. Any new McMurtry collection is noteworthy, and this one is terrific. As usual, the storytelling is clear, concise, and often heartbreaking.
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