Monday, December 22, 2008

Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain - Willie Nelson

Artist: Willie Nelson
Song: Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain
Year: 1975
Album: Red Headed Stranger

I can listen to almost anything that Willie Nelson puts out. He's just that good. Willie has a singing voice that is very pleasing to my ears. I can't quite put my finger on what exactly it is. I think it might be the nonchalant attitude and ease that Willie puts into every recording.

He has always given off an old country vibe. So it should come as no surprise that his first number one came from a 1945 song. The record company did not want to release this as a single, but somehow it was released and became one of Willie's signature songs.

This marked a turning point for country music. A solid new direction was laid out with roots in the past and a an eye toward the future. This album is the reason country is so popular today. Almost everything that came after this album was made because of Red Headed Stranger.

This spawned the country artists that we listen to today. Garth Brooks may get all the glory for turning country into pop, but Willie Nelson paved the way for that to happen. Without Willie's contributions from this album, country may have been a lost art form. Without this song, there would be no country fad in the late seventies and early eighties.

In the twilight glow I see her
Blue eyes crying in the rain
When we kissed goodbye and parted
I knew we'd never meet again

Love is like a dying ember
And only memories remain
And through the ages I'll remember
Blue eyes crying in the rain.

Someday when we meet up yonder
We'll stroll hand in hand again
In the land that knows no parting
For blue eyes crying in the rain.

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