David Bromberg – The New Lee Highway Blues

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David Bromberg is one of those guys who can make phenomenal music come out of just about anything with strings. Here’s Bromberg’s take on the old Fiddlin’ Jim McCarroll/Roane County Ramblers number complete with Bromberg’s lyrical contribution the substance of which completely jibes with my own road experiences. He hits all the common road trip themes: dirty, stinking, silence, crummy, sour coffee…

All through Northern Oregon
Always at my side
Sleepin in those narrow beds
And then we’d ride.

Drinkin in those dirty bars
Keepin out of sight
Sleepin in that cold back seat
And then we’d ride.

You know that goddamn road seemed like it went forever
Exhaust fumes made our eyes turn red and swell
With our clothes stuck to the seat and to our bodies
It was a stinkin summer trip through southern Hell.

Eating carbonated crap
Churning up inside
Gas soaked service station johns
And then we’d ride.

Silence in the front seat
tryin not to start the fight
quiet half-hid cryin’
and then we’d ride.

You know you can grow to hate these crummy little one horse towns
With the seamy movie houses long closed down
no where to go from here but up or down that road
and nothin over there but the same goddamned town.

Another sour coffee cup
one more piece of cardboard pie
buy a tooth brush and change of clothes
and then we’d ride.


5 thoughts on “David Bromberg – The New Lee Highway Blues

    Gnossos said:
    March 13, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Sounds like heaven compared to the winter we are having here

      wes responded:
      March 14, 2013 at 9:03 AM

      The relentlessness of an inland NW summer is as huge and terrible as an endless Roanoke winter. I suppose one pays ones’ money; takes ones’ choices…

    ileneonwords said:
    April 11, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    I first saw a very young Dave Bromberg when he came to Brooklyn College’s student cafe in SUBO, the student union building. Must’ve been around 1970, might’ve paid about $3. Then went on to see him many times throughout the years.

      wes responded:
      April 11, 2013 at 12:20 PM

      That’s a cool story. Someone’s got to drag himself out West for a concert tour so I can join you.

        ileneonwords said:
        April 11, 2013 at 12:33 PM

        Thanks for visiting my blog, Wes. I saw you had Incredible Stringband on yours…oh I loved them, too!!!!!

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