(Billy Joe) Shaver – Tramp On Your Street – released 21 years ago today

billy joe shaver tramp on your street


I’m gonna live forever
I’m gonna cross that river
I’m gonna catch tomorrow now
You’re gonna wanna hold me
Just like I’ve always told you
You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone

This is one of my favourite Americana/alt.country/roots albums, and among many great songs here..  there is real diamond:

Live Forever:

Nobody here will ever find me
But I will always be around
Just like the songs I leave behind me
I’m gonna live forever now

You fathers and you mothers
Be good to one another
Please try to raise your children right
Don’t let the darkness take ’em
Don’t make ’em feel forsaken
Just lead ’em safely to the light

When this old world is blown us under
And all the stars fall from the sky
Remember someone really loves you
We’ll live forever you and I

I’m gonna live forever
I’m gonna cross that river
I’m gonna catch tomorrow now

..and there is much more.

Release Date: August 10, 1993
Recording Date: February 8, 1993 – March 14, 1993

billy joe shaver

I’m listening to Billy Joe Shaver
And i’m reading James Joyce
-Bob Dylan (I Feel a Change Comin’ On)

“He may be the best songwriter alive
today” – Willie Nelson

«He’s a real writer like Hemmingway.
He’s timeless» – Kris Kristofferson

«Billy Joe is unique. One of a kind.
They threw away the mold. The best.»
– Robert Duvall

Billy Joe Shaver’s first recording in six years is a stunner. Partnering with his guitar-slinging son,Eddy, Tramp on Your Street is a rollicking yet intimate ride through the world Billy Joe-style. There are smoking country rockers that are brazen, raw, and in-your-face, such as the sizzling remake of “Been to Georgia on a Fast Train” (which is now the definitive version), “The Hottest Thing in Town,” “I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal,” and the blues-rock of “I Want Some More/TennTex Tear Down.” There is the restless Bob Wills swing of “Good Old U.S.A.” and the shuffling Texas stroll of “If I Give My Soul.” And of course, in the title track, “When Fallen Angels Fly,” and the Louvin Brothers-inspired “I’m Gonna Live Forever,” there are the searing, completely naked lyrics of repentance, deliverance, and doubt that have been a part of Shaver’s music form the beginning. Without them, the center would be missing. The big question for most is: Can Billy Joe rock at his age? The answer is that with Eddy beside him turning it up, he can not only rock, he can roll too. This is a partnership based on respect, tough love, and iconoclastic musical ideals. It’s deep in the roots of the sill and even deeper in the Shavers’ blood.Tramp on Your Street is a monumental return to recording for Billy Joe Shaver and a triumph ofEddy’s musical direction and six-string skill.
~Thom Jurek (allmusic.com)


I’ve embedded some live & some album videos.. the full original album is embedded further down (spotify)

  1. Heart of Texas
    The heart of Texas is where i was born
    By twist of fate the lonestar state’s where i’m coming from
    God almighty’s been good to me
  2. Oklahoma Wind
    Jesse lit us up and passed the bottle one more time
    We used to smoke and drink a lot back then
    Thunder shook the heavens and the lightning danced the sky
    Like i ain’t seen since can’t remember when
  3. Georgia on a Fast Train
    On a rainy,windy morning that’s the day that i was born on
    In the old sharecroppers one room country shack
    They say my mammy left me,same day that she had me
    Said she hit the road and never once looked back
  4. Live Forever (embedded at the top)
  5. If I Give My Soul
    From the album “Victory”:
  6. Tramp On Your Street
    … And if I make any pay
    I just throw it away
    I don’t count on tomorrow
    I just live for today
  7. K.A.N.D., Corsicana, Texas
  8. Good Ol’ U.S.A.
  9. The Hottest Thing In Town
  10. When The Fallen Angels Fly
    I have climbed so many moutains,just to reach the other side
    And i’ve near drowned myself in freedom,just to feed my foolish pride
    On my journey through the darkness,i have finally seen the light
    I know no one’s ever loved me like you’re loving me tonight
  11. Take a Chance on Romance
  12. Old Chunk of Coal
    Hey I’m just an old chunk of coal
    But I’m gonna be a diamond some day
    I’m gonna grow and glow till I’m so blue pure perfect
    I’m gonna put a smile on everybody’s face
    I’m gonna kneel and pray every day
    Lest I should become vain along the way
    I’m just an old chunk of coal now Lord
    But I’m gonna be a diamond some day
  13. I Want Some More/Tenntex Tear Down



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