"Windfall" as written by and Jay Farrar....
Now and then it keeps you running
It never seems to die
The trail's spent with fear
Not enough living on the outside
Never seem to get far enough
Staying in between the lines
Hold on to what you can
Waiting for the end
Not knowing when

May the wind take your troubles away
May the wind take your troubles away
Both feet on the floor, two hands on the wheel,
May the wind take your troubles away
Trying to make it far enough, to the next time zone
Few and far between past the midnight hour
Never feel alone, you're really not alone

Switching it over to AM
Searching for a truer sound
Can't recall the call letters
Steel guitar and settle down

Catching an all-night station somewhere in Louisiana
It sounds like 1963, but for now it sounds like heaven
May the wind take your troubles away
May the wind take your troubles away
Both feet on the floor, two hands on the wheel,
May the wind take your troubles away.


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"Windfall" as written by Jay Farrar

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    General Commentprobably son volts most popular song..

    i think the meaning is pretty straight forward...a cross country road trip maybe...or at least a long drive...maybe on tour of somthing.

    p.s. there should be more son volt fans posting on here
    danooooon June 21, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti agree danooo, Jay Farrar is a very good songwriter, and his songs are very moving and meaningful. It's strange that so few people have commented on any of these songs.

    This is the perfect road trip song. Just hearing it has me visualizing truckers and grannies driving up and down the interstate, flat farmland, and cows chilling in pastures. It makes me think of all aspects of a southern road trip, in a very happy way.
    mudstaindon May 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentJust driving and leaving your troubles behind. Great song, great band.
    ruarchitecton January 06, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"Switching it over to AM
    Searching for a truer sound
    Can't recall the call letters
    Steel guitar and settle down
    Catching an all-night station somewhere in Louisiana
    It sounds like 1963, but for now it sounds like heaven"

    Any songwriter would be proud to have written those brilliant lines.

    You can just picture (and hear) that scene, can't you?
    Rickveeon November 21, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI guess its about trying to get away from your own fears by doing something, just anything. The road is a popular metaphor, but what makes this song different to me is that there's an inner force in the narrator that "keeps you running" and "never seems to die" no matter what you do. So "may the wind take your troubles away." Pretty solid advice.
    mgizmo2005on April 24, 2011   Link
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    General Comment"Switching it over to AM
    Searching for a truer sound
    Can't recall the call letters
    Steel guitar and settle down
    Catching an all-night station somewhere in Louisiana
    It sounds like 1963, but for now it sounds like heaven"

    Probably my favorite six lines of lyrics of any song ever written. And I believe I know the inspiration for it.

    Farrar and his wife were living in New Orleans at the time he wrote most of TRACE (her job brought them here). During that time he would frequent a guitar shop on Oak Street that I also used to check guitars out at. He traveled back and forth by car from New Orleans to St. Louis and back during that time. The above-lines in "Windfall" I'm pretty sure refer to 870 WWL-AM radio station that for a jillion years had an all-night truckers show that played country music from the late 50's and early 60s. It was all steel guitar and pre-Beatles country music - nothing even remotely resembling modern country was ever played. WWL-AM had incredible range and I know people in the mid-west could easily pick it up. Its a long drive from St. Louis to New Orleans and I've no doubt those lines in "Windfall" were inspired by late night drives to and fro listening to the all-night truckers show on 87- WWL-AM.

    Very cool.

    P.S. The more recent Son Volt song "Pushed Too far" also has some wonderful lyrics about Farrar's time living in New Orleans and checking out music at Rock N Bowl.
    Rickveeon May 08, 2011   Link

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