Return of the Grievous Angel by Gram Parsons & Emmylou Harris

I have my sister to thank for introducing me to Gram Parsons, and therefore, his various projects like The Flying Burrito Brothers, The International Submarine Band and his time with The Byrds.

This song with Emmylou Harris is definitely one of my favorites. Their honeyed harmonies and the guitar, fiddle, lap steel (or pedal steel)  and piano parts give the song that perfect country sound.

Won’t you scratch my itch sweet Annie Rich
And welcome me back to town
Come out on your porch or I’ll step into your parlor
And I’ll show you how it all went down

Out with the truckers and the kickers and the cowboy angels
And a good saloon in every single town

Oh, and I remember something you once told me
And I’ll be damned if it did not come true
Twenty thousand roads i went down, down, down
And they all lead me straight back home to you

’cause I headed west to grow up with the country
Across those prairies with the waves of grain
And I saw my devil,
And I saw my deep blue sea
And I thought about a calico bonnet from
Cheyenne to Tennessee

We flew straight across that river bridge,
Last night a half past two
The switchman wave his lantern goodbye
And so long as we went rolling through
Billboards and truckstops pass by the grievous angel
And now i know just what i have to do

And the man on the radio won’t leave me alone
He wants to take my money for something
That I’ve never been shown

The news I could bring I met up with the king
On his head an amphetamine crown
He talked about unbuckling that old bible belt
And lighted out for some desert town

Out with the truckers and the kickers and the cowboy angels
And a good saloon in every single town

Oh, but I remembered something you once told me
And I’ll be damned if it did not come true
Twenty thousand roads I went down, down, down
And they all lead me straight back home to you

Twenty thousand roads I went down, down, down
And they all lead me straight back home to you

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