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Son Volt — Windfall
Album: Trace
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Released: 1995
Length: 2:52
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Now and then it keeps you running
It never seems to die
The trail's spent with fear
Not enough living on the outside

Never seem to get far enough
Staying in between the lines
Hold on to what you can
Waiting for the end
Not knowing when

May the wind take your troubles away
May the wind take your troubles away
Both feet on the floor, two hands on the wheel
May the wind take your troubles away

Trying to make it far enough
To the next time zone
Few and far between past the midnight hour
Never feel alone, you're really not alone

Switching it over to AM
Searching for a truer sound
Can't recall the call letters
Steel guitar and settle down

Catching an all-night station
Somewhere in Louisiana
It sounds like 1963
But for now it sounds like heaven

May the wind take your troubles away
May the wind take your troubles away
Both feet on the floor, two hands on the wheel
May the wind take your troubles away

May the wind take your troubles away
May the wind take your troubles away
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favorite song of my favorite cd.
7 --> 9

Working really well for me today...  
This song gives me chill bumps. I absolutely love it--tune and lyrics. Awesome. Love this group.
The whole album is great.  One of my all-time favorites.
You forgot to mention they drank Stag  beer from the local brewery. 


sfyi2001 wrote:




'UNCLE TUPELO' was an alternative Country group from Bellville, Illinois active between 1987 and 1994. 
Jay Farrar, Jeff Tweedy, and Mike Heidorn (left-right), formed the band after the lead singer of their previous band 'The Primitives', left to attend college.
Shortly after the release of their major label debut album, 'Anodyne' Farrar announced his decision to leave the band due to a soured relationship with his co-songwriter Tweedy.
Uncle Tupelo split up on May 1, 1994, after completing a farewell tour.
Following the breakup, Farrar and Heidron formed 'Son Volt', while Tweedy continued as 'Wilco'.

{#Crown}
 





'UNCLE TUPELO' was an alternative Country group from Bellville, Illinois active between 1987 and 1994. 
Jay Farrar, Jeff Tweedy, and Mike Heidorn (left-right), formed the band after the lead singer of their previous band 'The Primitives', left to attend college.
Shortly after the release of their major label debut album, 'Anodyne' Farrar announced his decision to leave the band due to a soured relationship with his co-songwriter Tweedy.
Uncle Tupelo split up on May 1, 1994, after completing a farewell tour.
Following the breakup, Farrar and Heidron formed 'Son Volt', while Tweedy continued as 'Wilco'.

{#Crown}
 BigRooster747 wrote:
Trump noise......next!

 
You sir, are a moron.
Brings me back to the '90's...now I'm in my 90's...
 BigRooster747 wrote:
Trump noise......next!

 
Hunh??
Trump noise......next!
 Shmelo wrote:
Garbage music.

 
"Burp drool"
 aversely wrote:
I love this....and not just because I imagine Tweedy thinking, "man, thats better then anything Ive come up with...." everytime he hears this...

 
I'm not sure Tweedy would agree but I certainly think this is better than anything I've heard from Wilco. Jay rocks! 
 h8rhater wrote:

You'll be needing to keep on traveling right past the border of our great nation.  This is not country, it's Americana.  A good old fashioned American traditional, sung with feeling.  It, and it's like, are all around us.  Thankfully.

 

"I pledge allegiance to blah blah drool this great nation blah blah drool drool burp drool"  


You played this once too often. Hokey.
Garbage music.
...but for now, it sounds like heaven.
 idiot_wind wrote:
it's music about driving the back roads in southern illinois in the summer, with windows down, listening to RnR, and waving to the corn stalks as you swerve down the road.

This guys got their start as Uncle Tupelo from Belleville, IL...across the river from STL.   

 
I had no idea UT was from Belleville, interesting. I lived there from 1965 to 1973 (age 9). A bit before they were born I'm sure. So I guess that makes them the second best thing to come out of Belleville {#Nyah}
 I like.   Pop, country, folksy, whatever.....  good tune.  
it's music about driving the back roads in southern illinois in the summer, with windows down, listening to RnR, and waving to the corn stalks as you swerve down the road.

This guys got their start as Uncle Tupelo from Belleville, IL...across the river from STL.   
 h8rhater wrote:

You'll be needing to keep on traveling right past the border of our great nation.  This is not country, it's Americana.  A good old fashioned American traditional, sung with feeling.  It, and it's like, are all around us.  Thankfully.

 
{#Yes}
 Athyrius wrote:

Some of us left entire states to get away from garbage like this.

I listen to just about everything... except country and rap.

 
You'll be needing to keep on traveling right past the border of our great nation.  This is not country, it's Americana.  A good old fashioned American traditional, sung with feeling.  It, and it's like, are all around us.  Thankfully.
Singing songs about driving backroads in Southern Illinois...just like in the Uncle Tupelo days...growing up in Belleville, IL,  Home to Stag Beer. 
Meh.


ROAD TRIP-!

Time to let the road blow out the winter-BLAHS-... and a few other odors, kinks, scraps, shreds, and bits...

Adventures await... The road is calling...
ummm, this is not country...
hillbillies before my eyes … uughh
 misterbearbaby wrote:
How could you not like this song?

 
{#Yes}
 misterbearbaby wrote:
How could you not like this song?

 
Some of us left entire states to get away from garbage like this.

I listen to just about everything... except country and rap.
 luv4music wrote:
Switching it over to A.M.
Searching for a truer sound
Can't recall the call letters
Steel guitar and settle down

Catching an all-night station
Somewhere in Louisiana
Sounds like 1963
But for now it sounds like heaven . . .
 
No wonder this is triggering so many "thought I left this behind" messages in my brain.
How could you not like this song?
 treatment_bound wrote:

I'm 36 again.  Man, I'm gettin' to old for this Sh**!
 

Lol... : )
 Ballzak wrote:
and besides, this AIN'T country.

 
Are you sure? It's bad enough.
Switching it over to A.M.
Searching for a truer sound
Can't recall the call letters
Steel guitar and settle down

Catching an all-night station
Somewhere in Louisiana
Sounds like 1963
But for now it sounds like heaven . . .

Sure does.

 

I like these guys better than their fellow-fallout brothers from Uncle Tupelo...

Seems there's a brain working behind the musicianship...

I like smart well presented... Thanks RP...

 


 wbeaver wrote:
Upgraded my rating to 10.  Not sure what I was thinking when I gave this a 9.

 
{#Wave} .... me to
 kurt_from_kanada wrote:


See that button "PSD" ?. That lets you change songs, don't like a selection, use it.

 
Sic 'em.
From another Kurt
Upgraded my rating to 10.  Not sure what I was thinking when I gave this a 9.
 Rick_V wrote:
Can't believe this song doesn't have a much higher rating. Should be over 8.0 at least. This song is a stone cold classic.

 
Agreed!
 hencini wrote:
I am 22 again. 

 
I'm 36 again.  Man, I'm gettin' to old for this Sh**!
I am 22 again. 
Can't believe this song doesn't have a much higher rating. Should be over 8.0 at least. This song is a stone cold classic.
 unclehud wrote:
I've really, really, really, wanted to like Son Volt, but it just ain't gonna happen.  Even seen them twice just to 'touch the magic.'  Enjoy the lyrics and the southern-fried feel, though.

 
New Sonvolt doesn't seem to touch the old stuff. I'm afraid you might have missed the magic time.

Love this song.
I've really, really, really, wanted to like Son Volt, but it just ain't gonna happen.  Even seen them twice just to 'touch the magic.'  Enjoy the lyrics and the southern-fried feel, though.
 muzik wrote:
Too twangy - fiddle, steel guitar, nasal voice.  {#Puke} Country western music literally makes me sick to my stomach!


 

People who misuse the word "literally", figuratively make me sick to my stomach.
 aversely wrote:
I love this....and not just because I imagine Tweedy thinking, "man, thats better then anything Ive come up with...." everytime he hears this...

 

Tweedy has transcended this many times over, yet, it is as good as anything Wilco has done.

If you don't get this song I don't get you.
and besides, this AIN'T country.
 BCarn wrote:
This is country. If I want to listen to country I'll go an appropriate station. A big "Sucko Barfo".{#Fire}
 
I've always thought of this as in the realm of alt-country, where many fine artists reside. But what's wrong with good country music anyway? What about June Carter—(or any of the Carter family) or J Cash? Aren't they considered country? Are they hated too?
 kurt_from_kanada wrote:


See that button "PSD" ?. That lets you change songs, don't like a selection, use it.
 
Should be all kinds of music. What are they supposed to play all day?
 BCarn wrote:
This is country. If I want to listen to country I'll go an appropriate station. A big "Sucko Barfo".{#Fire}
 

See that button "PSD" ?. That lets you change songs, don't like a selection, use it.
 BCarn wrote:
This is country. If I want to listen to country I'll go an appropriate station. A big "Sucko Barfo".{#Fire}
 
One of the things I've always loved about RP is that it isn't about just one genre of music. With that said, if I were to attempt to classify Son Volt I'd say they were Americana. Sure some might say country, but I don't think most of us have ever thought of them that way.
 BCarn wrote:
This is country. If I want to listen to country I'll go an appropriate station.{#Fire}
 
Can you specify what type of music exactly do you expect to hear on RP? Whatever type of music it is I am sure you'll find more appropriate stations than RP.
This is country. If I want to listen to country I'll go an appropriate station. A big "Sucko Barfo".{#Fire}
 Stingray wrote:

This is "Country Music" to you?
 
Definitely sounds like "Country Music" to me.
 TerryS wrote:

Care to classify?
 
Americana or "Old Timey Music." {#Snooty}
 Stingray wrote:

This is "Country Music" to you?
 
Care to classify?
All right. Son Volt - Uncle Tupleo.

Sad country rock about growing up in Belleville, IL (southern IL) with broken down cities, muggy hot summer weather, dead end job.

But getting in your car and driving the back roads at night..cool and fragrant summer air and looking up at stars. Somewhere on a county road between Belleville and Shiloh. Ask Jay Farrar or Jeff Tweedy...they know. 
 Webfoot wrote:


I find unpopular thoughts are often true.
 

 aversely wrote:
I love this....and not just because I imagine Tweedy thinking, "man, thats better then anything Ive come up with...." everytime he hears this...
 

I really don't think Tweedy thinks that...great song, though.
 ziakut wrote:
Folky and country - ish. It's funny, but I tend to really enjoy bands that aren't labelled country that venture into this genre. It tends to be more sincere to me and less 'expected'. The sight of all these country artists donning cowboy hats and chaps is kind of pretentious to me. I know, I know it's not a popular thought. I certainly never tend to voice only popular thoughts anyway. Yay me! {#Eh}{#Cheers}
 

I find unpopular thoughts are often true.
I love this....and not just because I imagine Tweedy thinking, "man, thats better then anything Ive come up with...." everytime he hears this...
Folky and country - ish. It's funny, but I tend to really enjoy bands that aren't labelled country that venture into this genre. It tends to be more sincere to me and less 'expected'. The sight of all these country artists donning cowboy hats and chaps is kind of pretentious to me. I know, I know it's not a popular thought. I certainly never tend to voice only popular thoughts anyway. Yay me! {#Eh}{#Cheers}
Not a country and western fan, but this is really a fun song with good production.  I find this enjoyable something I didn't think i'd ever say about this genre, unless it's by Bob Wills or Hank Williams, then it's all good.
I think they really nailed it with this one.
 hughtwg wrote:
Country music still sucks.

 
This is "Country Music" to you?
 yayo wrote:
on the road. very good.
 

And shitty, at home - I guess!

tzzzzz....!!!!


on the road. very good.

Love this  - great roadtrip song.     


Have loved this song for about a dozen years. Reminds me of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and could fit along side of NGDB's 'Ripplin Waters.'
love this song - it will always take me away.
used to play this album while bartending in jackson hole  {#Cowboy}
I'm going to go against the bigoted attitudes and say that I like this song and overall sound. Good on ya Bill for actually living up to the eclectic label.
 BKardon wrote:

You'll sooner see Buddy Holly on tour than Tweedy and Farrar get back together.

 

People need to have dreams...


Never thought of this song, or this band, as a country/western band.  They are Americana/alt.country to my ears.  Rock with a little twang thrown in.
 daveshel4 wrote:

Love this song - best song on the best album by Son Volt, although whenever I hear Son Volt it really just gets me fantasizing about an Uncle Tupelo reunion tour.


 
You'll sooner see Buddy Holly on tour than Tweedy and Farrar get back together.

ughhh, this singer's voice is so twangy-whiney — fingernails on the chalkboard for me!
Too twangy - fiddle, steel guitar, nasal voice.  {#Puke} Country western music literally makes me sick to my stomach!

 mcullers wrote:
Like most country music, this song would be fine as an instrumental. The generic country twang voice makes me cringe.
 

...funny, i've always thought of son volt as a rock band...interesting, the points at which genres converge, depending upon the direction from which one approaches them...

Love this song - best song on the best album by Son Volt, although whenever I hear Son Volt it really just gets me fantasizing about an Uncle Tupelo reunion tour.


Please STOP playing this country stuff! {#Puke}
May the DJ take this song awayyyyyyy.....
one of my desert islands albums.  sublime.  {#Cowboy}
Like most country music, this song would be fine as an instrumental. The generic country twang voice makes me cringe.
Country music still sucks.

I'm assuming that "Son Volt" is Clint Black's alter ego.
This song makes me wanna rock on a porch with a glass of brown in my hand. 

Screw the haters, I love Jay's voice.
 pianocomposer wrote:
I simply hate country music with twangy guitars and fiddles.

 
I have been thinking about this a lot lately, as my tastes are drawing me towards a sound that I used to associate with "country".  I like a steel guitar in small doses, and "fiddles" here and there - it doesn't seem to be that for me. There is something else that separated a song like like this and "country" for me.
I think it is mostly subject matter and delivery -  maybe a line about a gun, a hound dog, a pickup truck, a cheatin' wife, a worn out cliche or goofy twist on words would do it.   A dumbass hillbilly accent is probably the biggest turnoff though. . .like nails on a chalkboard for me.

 toterola wrote:


F**k 'em. A good song is a good song, whether it's Merle Haggard or REM.

I'm as country as a red dirt road, and I like about 95% of what I hear on RP. Folks have to keep an open mind, and be willing to expand their musical palette. Or else you wind up listening to Top 40 or (shudder) "classic rock". Good comment. {#Wave}
 
Your favorites list of songs ranges from 20 to 30 years old. Folks have to keep an open mind, indeed.
Nice.

Might have to take this on my road trip to Wyoming this summer....
...i never noticed until tonight the similarities between jay farrar and richard buckner in vocal delivery...
 Pyro wrote:
Love this verse: 

Switching it over to AM
Searching for a truer sound
Can't recall the call letters
Steel guitar and settle down
Catching an all-night station somewhere in Louisiana
It sounds like 1963, but for now it sounds like heaven

 
My favorite verse in the song as well.  Some things just come across as a "universal truth" or almost relating a sense of "home", if that makes sense.  These lyrics really work for me.


I'm not particularly country in my musical tastes, but this sounds right good.
 toterola wrote:


F**k 'em. A good song is a good song, whether it's Merle Haggard or REM.

I'm as country as a red dirt road, and I like about 95% of what I hear on RP. Folks have to keep an open mind, and be willing to expand their musical palette. Or else you wind up listening to Top 40 or (shudder) "classic rock". Good comment. {#Wave}
 
{#Clap}


 toterola wrote:


F**k 'em. A good song is a good song, whether it's Merle Haggard or REM.

I'm as country as a red dirt road, and I like about 95% of what I hear on RP. Folks have to keep an open mind, and be willing to expand their musical palette. Or else you wind up listening to Top 40 or (shudder) "classic rock". Good comment. {#Wave}
 
I was just about to mention how i do not like REM because of the whiny voice and "twang", but I have liked Sunvolt for 10-15 years now.

 peter_james_bond wrote:
 pianocomposer wrote:


But this is what country should be, pure, raw, and griity. Not that spit and polished horses**t they play on country stations.

  {#Clap}


Love this verse: 

Switching it over to AM
Searching for a truer sound
Can't recall the call letters
Steel guitar and settle down
Catching an all-night station somewhere in Louisiana
It sounds like 1963, but for now it sounds like heaven

It's been kind of a crappy day and hearing this song made it a little bit better. To hell with any other consideration.

This speaks to me today.
I wish these closed-minded, anti-southern dialect folks could meet Jay Farrar and tell us how "country" he is.  That's hilarious.
 peter_james_bond wrote:
 pianocomposer wrote:
I simply hate country music with twangy guitars and fiddles.


But this is what country should be, pure, raw, and griity. Not that spit and polished horses**t they play on country stations.

 
AMEN TO THAT! {#Yes}
 stewliscious wrote:
Great tune.  But, predictably, not up to snuff for many because there is a drawl and and twang present. God forbid any country influence invade the RP.
 

F**k 'em. A good song is a good song, whether it's Merle Haggard or REM.

I'm as country as a red dirt road, and I like about 95% of what I hear on RP. Folks have to keep an open mind, and be willing to expand their musical palette. Or else you wind up listening to Top 40 or (shudder) "classic rock". Good comment. {#Wave}
{#Hearteyes}

Love
Great tune.  But, predictably, not up to snuff for many because there is a drawl and and twang present. God forbid any country influence invade the RP.
 jesspra wrote:
10 {#Yes}
 
1 {#Hand}
oh the spurs they jingle...jangle...jingle...
 pianocomposer wrote:
I simply hate country music with twangy guitars and fiddles.


But this is what country should be, pure, raw, and griity. Not that spit and polished horses**t they play on country stations.

10 {#Yes}
May the wind take Son Volt away. For eva
 pianocomposer wrote:
I simply hate country music with twangy guitars and fiddles.

 

Me too, but for some reason, I like these guys.
Hey, guess what?  Nobody cares.  I suggest you turn off RP and listen to your own crappy music collection.
I simply hate country music with twangy guitars and fiddles.

Ah...pedal steel and fiddle. Love it. Love Son Volt. Jay Farrar is a good writer (likeable voice or not)
Excelsior wrote:
Not until they kick Jay Farrar out.
Jay Farrar IS Son Volt. In fact he's touring with a band comprised of all new members.
sdn wrote:
Pretty music. Terrible voice. Son Volt can do so much better than this. :frown:
Not until they kick Jay Farrar out.
jdpinball wrote:
Gets 10 only because 11 isn't an option
That's my take too.
EssexTex wrote:
The wind sure takes my troubles away :shifty:
Pretty music. Terrible voice. Son Volt can do so much better than this. :frown:
:clap: How I wish the wind could do just that! Now and then it keeps you running It never seems to die The trail's spent with fear Not enough living on the outside Never seem to get far enough Staying in between the lines Hold on to what you can Waiting for the end Not knowing when May the wind take your troubles away May the wind take your troubles away Both feet on the floor, two hands on the wheel, May the wind take your troubles away
The wind sure takes my troubles away :shifty:
tasty fiddle & lap steel
Gets 10 only because 11 isn't an option
Really?