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Thread #89776   Message #3104535
Posted By: Jeri
28-Feb-11 - 04:43 PM
Thread Name: Jesse Winchester
Subject: RE: Jesse Winchester
Lyrics for Brand New Tennessee Waltz

The "literally" is literal in a metaphorical way. That probably doesn't make sense either. I see the song as being about a guy who's without a foundation, rootless, having had the ground pulled out from under him. It's a bitter, regretful song, not a happy one. That's my theory for the line, anyway. Consider this might have all taken place at a ghostly cotillion, and the spirits there are all focused on the lives they recently left. I like songs that leave possibilities for me to explore.

I saw some of Jesse's set at the festival Beer booked him for. I missed a bunch, too, because I was sitting out back in the grass with a couple other people listening to a guy play a song he'd written. I'm sorry I missed Jesse, but I'm really glad I heard the guy's music.