By Joe Ely
For the reason that he first hitched a experience out of Lubbock, Texas, on the age of 16, singer-songwriter and Flatlanders band member Joe Ely has been a highway warrior, touring highways and again roads throughout the United States and Europe, enjoying song for "2 hours of ecstasy" out of "22 hours of misery." to stick sane at the street, Ely retains a magazine, penning verses that usually morph into songs, and different instances stay "snapshots of what used to be flying via, simply out of succeed in, as a way to savour at a later date while the wheels cease rolling, and the gears surrender grinding, and the engines close down." In Bonfire of Roadmaps, Ely takes readers at the highway with him. utilizing verse passages from his highway journals and his personal drawings, Ely authentically re-creates the adventure of a musician's existence on travel, from the difficult goodbyes at domestic, to the lengthy hours at the street, to the pleasure of a good dwell convey, to the exhaustion after weeks of traveling. Ely's highway journeys start as he rides the rails to ny in 1972 and proceed up via fresh live performance excursions with fellow Flatlanders Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock. whereas acknowledging that "it isn't the nature of a gypsy to seem within the rearview mirror," Joe Ely however bargains his many fanatics a revelatory glance again over the roads he is traveled and the knowledge he is gained from his reports. And for "those who are looking to enterprise past the horizon simply to see what's there... to these, i'm hoping those bills will provide a glint of inspiration..."
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The cold and rain is eating at our spirits, The New England Fall seems too far, too cold We flip a coin either North or South Louisiana wins, we’ll leave in the morning There are no answers for gypsies who Question Just questions, mysteries, mazes and riddles And no good reason for any destination, Other than living in the present We get a ride the next day with Twin Racist Sisters In a flatbed truck with tarnished baby moons We just barely make it to Fouke, Arkansas, Home of the famous Monster Burger Fouke is not part of this world, Rather it’s a Piss-Stop on the road to Dante’s vision of Hell 54 BONFIRE OF ROADMAPS Wild pickups racing quarter horses in the streets They talk of a Bigfoot who lives out back.
And we’re hungry, cold and tired IRON RHINOS 61 Watchin the big badass waitress spit orders from the refugees To the Queasy cook in the Greater Toledo Greyhound Station We walked in the rain and meet rainy people One hard hit couple invites us to their shack For sleep and eggs and newspaper story Of a fallen baby, a raid, and years of bad luck The freezing wind blows in Through the cracks in the plaster walls I hear a baby, far away, crying for its mother I think of my own mother, far away, and cry my self inside out back to the womb We get up in the late afternoon and walk downtown Double-time broke, bumming Coffee And Cigarettes Laredo passes the time mimicking the zombies on the bus Scratching his armpits, expressionless I leave Laredo in the Waldorf Lobby And go to the Hillbilly bars and play songs I play all night, six hours, and make $7 in loose change, A sore throat and blisters on my fingertips The characters I meet are unbelievable!
E. 3rd Street, Amarillo In a vacant lot of goat-heads and milkweed In a no man’s land of derelict dreams Here is where my father’s seed found the gate To my mother’s garden Once a place of lilacs and honeysuckle Where the purple wisteria climbed the sun-bleached trellis Here where the cedar fence stood Lilac bushes exploded and roses flared. Trimmed gardens edged with pride Bloomed a haven safe from the anarchy of the universe All of this was paradise. For Sunday dinner my father would wring a chicken’s neck I would chase it around the yard Crashing into fences in nerve-twitching panic Slamming through the garden in search of its head All hearts were innocent and all cups were full.
Bonfire of Roadmaps (Brad and Michele Moore Roots Music Series) by Joe Ely