"Ft. Worth Blues" as written by and Steve Earle....
In Ft. Worth all the neon's burnin' bright
Pretty lights, red and blue
But they'd shut down all the honky tonks tonight
Say a prayer or two
If they only knew

You used to say the highway was your home
But we both know, that ain't true
It's just the only place a man can go
When he don't know, where he's travelin' to

But Colorado's always clean and healin'
And Tennessee in spring is green and cool
It never really was your kind of town
But you went around, with the Ft. Worth blues

Somewhere up beyond the great divide
Where the sky is wide and the clouds are few
A man can see his way clear to the light
Just hold on tight
That's all you gotta do

And they say Texas weather's always changin'
And one thing change'll bring is somethin' new
And Houston really ain't that bad a town
So you hang around with the Ft. Worth blues

There's a full moon over Galway Bay tonight
Silver light, over green and blue
And every place I travel through I find
Some kinda sign, that you've been through

But Amsterdam was always good for grieving
And London never fails to leave me blue
And Paris never was my kinda town
So I walked around with the Ft. Worth blues

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"Ft. Worth Blues" as written by Steve Earle

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    General CommentNo comments? That's a travesty. This beautiful song is about Steve Earle playing on his own tour and thinking about his mentor and friend, the late Townes Van Zandt. There is no sadder version than the one Steve plays on the Townes tribute from Austin City Limits. I openly weep when I watch it.
    sharkycharmingon July 19, 2013   Link
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    General CommentVery beautiful ballad here and agree w the above. Earle on acoustic guitar w not much else except some of his best lyrics ever. To me some of the best lyrics from anyone for that matter.

    I think the 1st verse refers to the news of Townes passing would have shut down all the town (Fort Worth where he was born and grew up) if 'they only knew' maybe reflecting that Van Zandt had never received a wider and more deserving recognition.

    References to his life are his time living in CO w his parents and at university in Boulder and time spent in TN recording and in and around the Nashville music scene.

    The rest is Earle missing his friend while following in his footsteps through the similar studios, bars, coffee houses, halls and other areas the musicians haunt w his mourning being the title of the song.
    jgm4661on January 04, 2017   Link

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