A stone thrown from Heaven, skippin’ ‘cross the water
Would disappear in ripples left behind
A book with no cover, a rhyme with no reason
Guess i’ll always be one of the rovin’ kind
‘Cause movin’s in my soul, i guess a gypsy boy got a hold
Of somebody in my family long ago
If some night while half asleep you hear the back door softly squeak
You’ll touch my empty pillow,then you’ll know
That restless wind,is calling me again
Her warmin’ hand is tuggin’ at my soul
Summer’s gone,and winter’s comin’ on
And i can’t let it catch me standin’ in the cold
– From “Restless Wind” (one of his best songs)
“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
I’m listening to Billy Joe Shaver
And i’m reading James Joyce
-Bob Dylan (I Feel a Change Comin’ On)
Billy Joe Shaver turned 73 yesterday.
He is one of my greatest “Honky Tonk Heroes”, but due to Elvis’s death the same day in 1977.. I could not put him first in yesterdays calendar post.
I need to honor him someway.. this is it…
«Throughout my career as a songwriter, I’ve just written songs about me – the good and the bad, the funny and the sad….. – Billy Joe Shaver
«The songs are my story…» – Billy Joe shaver
«..I’ve lost part of three fingers, broke my back, suffered a heart attack and a quadruple bypass, had a steel plate put in my neck and 136 stiches in my head, fought drugs and booze, spent the money I had, and burried my wife, son & mother in the span of one year…»… .. «I’m not proud of my misfortune – I’m proud of my survival» – Billy Joe Shaver