Track 22 Out Along the Western Sky

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Photo by Paul Rybolt

Recording and Mixing Dates: Recorded April 5, 2015. Mixed May 11, 2016.

 

Genesis: I wrote this song on April 8, 2010. The lyrics came quickly. I made a few small revisions two weeks later. The song title came from my songwriter’s notebook. The music wrote itself. I feel fortunate that this song came into the world almost fully formed. And I referred to “cottonwood” again…

I recorded the song almost immediately but I filled up the tracks with piano, fiddle, mandolin, organ, pedal steel, etc. The song collapsed under the weight of the arrangement. Last year I went back and stripped things down to very spare acoustic arrangement, emphasizing the brightness of the banjo-guitar and the darkness of the baritone resonator guitar. I also added the pause before singing the last line of each verse.

Production: Bass Guitar, Banjo-Guitar, Baritone Resonator Guitar, Drums.

Lyrics

Out Along the Western Sky

 Out along the Western Sky

Crows and wolves pass on by

Whispered words like cottonwood

Blow away misunderstood

Trees have roots that hold them true

Straight-line wind can drop them too

Wishing I had said goodbye

Out along the Western Sky

 

Out along the Western Sky

Two half-truths make a lie

I have walked the King’s Highway

With righteous pilgrims led astray

Dust and thunder play duets

I’m so close I’m not there yet

Wishing I had said goodbye

Out along the Western Sky

 

Out Along the Western Sky

The softest thoughts amplify

Fallen idols cast about

Planting fields with seeds of doubt

Cut myself on common sense

Against the grain of coincidence

Wishing I had said goodbye

Out along the Western Sky

 

Out Along the Western Sky

Shadowed hands mark my eyes

Bloodied moon black-eyed sun

Countdown days have just begun

Fellow travelers in my heart

Look for things to take apart

Wishing I had said goodbye

Out along the Western Sky

Wishing I had said goodbye

Out along the Western Sky

Copyright 2016 Fred Grittner   All Rights Reserved

Track 22 Out Along the Western Sky

5 thoughts on “Track 22 Out Along the Western Sky

  1. We have talked about this one before, Fred. I do like the lyrics. An excellent song.
    Not sure which version I prefer. Still think about recording the song one day.
    First listening says the banjo-guitar is a tad too prominent, maybe bring up the resonator guitar a bit.
    Enough nit-picking. this one is in the top three of the new songs.

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  2. John Lee says:

    I just listened and sang a harmony the first time through. It could be awesome. I think we need to “revisit” a new mix together!

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  3. “Cut myself on common sense.” A very powerful line. I had to listen to this one more than once, because the lyrics spoke to me so eloquently in my current situation. It made me wonder what your thoughts were at the time you wrote them. But isn’t that the very definition of a great song? The lyrics speak to the listener, no matter what the time frame. You reference a banjo-guitar. Is that a six-string banjo?

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    1. Fred Grittner says:

      Thanks, Henry. I guess at the time my mood was filled with peaceful regrets, looking back over the years. As for the instrument, it is a six-string guitar neck bolted on a banjo body. I am too old to learn 5-string the way I would want to play it, so this is a good compromise. A bit mellower than a banjo, almost a baritone banjo sound.

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