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It was Willie Nelson

Following up on yesterday's song lyric post, I come before you with the answer. Once again, the quote:

For you can't hang a man for killing a women that's trying to steal your horse.

That's a great line near the conclusion of The Red Headed Stranger by Willie Nelson. Apparently, none of you knew that, though. Or maybe you just didn't want any points. I was originally only going to give her a single bonus point because she used Google to get her answers, but since no one else even attempted to play, I'm going to give meep one point for the correct answer (as her comment clearly indicates that she knows the correct answer), one bonus point for the interesting information she provided about the song/artist/movie, and one bonus point for being the only one to play the game. I would normally assess a penalty for using Google, but I won't today. So all told, that's one point and two bonus points. Congratulations, meep! Remember to keep track of your points and turn them in for valuable prizes at the end of the game.

I'm working from memory now, without any documentation to back up my claims, so if I'm off, I'm off. Points are available for anyone who corrects errors I spout out here. The Red Headed Stranger was a concept album, back when the idea of concept albums -- especially in the country music world -- were pretty rare. It tells the story of a stranger who comes into town, gets his horse stolen by a prostitute, kills the prostitute, and leaves town without being convicted of anything. (The yellow-haired lady was burried at sun-down. The stranger went free, of course. For you can't hang a man for killing a woman that's trying to steal your horse.) Of course, the studio didn't want anything to do with this project, 'cause they knew it wouldn't sell. Willie, not yet well-known as a singer, but very well respected as a songwriter (Crazy (yeah, the one Patsy Cline sings), Night Life, Funny How Time Slips Away, e.g.) pushed back. The studio gave in and let him do his project. The Red Headed Stranger turned out to be a great success and put Willie on the map as a singer in his own right. It was so successful, they made a movie about it, which I've unfortunately never seen. Perhaps you've heard the song Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain -- that's probably the most well-known song to come out of this project. Anyway, it's a great album. I never get tired of listening to it.

Hats off to you, Willie.


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Aug. 27th, 2003 06:16 am (UTC)
All stories can be reduced to some combination of "Stranger comes to town" and/or "Man goes on a trip." Think of stories you know. Try the game at home for valuable prizes and celebrity cameos. Whoo.
Aug. 27th, 2003 09:57 am (UTC)
Waiting for Godot?


Aug. 27th, 2003 10:03 am (UTC)
Well, in a sense. . .wherever they are doesn't appear to be where they're from . . .

Or it was Beckett's whack at tradition. I don't know if it really counts as "story," either, in the technical sense. Or maybe in anything more than the technical sense. ^_^

Harold Pinter's plays are like that, too, though. Odd at every level.

Aug. 27th, 2003 12:09 pm (UTC)
Waiting For Godot is in fact a "stranger comes to town" story, though it's a failed one. Absurdist literature really isn't Story in any complete sense.
Sep. 22nd, 2003 07:52 pm (UTC)
"The Lottery", by Shirley Jackson. Nobody travels in, nobody travels out. Unless you count Tessie Hutchinson, I guess. But she remains until the story ends.
Sep. 22nd, 2003 09:20 pm (UTC)
The metaphor doesn't necessarily require literal travel. That's why it's a metaphor.
Aug. 27th, 2003 06:18 am (UTC)
Blue Eyes is my very favorite Willie song. :) This is neat, I didn't know any of that background.
Aug. 27th, 2003 06:21 am (UTC)
You've got to get yourself a copy of the whole album and listen to the song in context, then! It's a great song, and works in really well with the whole story.
Aug. 27th, 2003 06:28 am (UTC)
My favorite Willie song will always be "You Were Always On My Mind" (though "Crazy," as sung by Pasty, is a clsoe second). I am prone to singing it loudly in public when drunk.
Aug. 27th, 2003 10:04 am (UTC)
My dad looks like Willie Nelson -does that count? He does. Only, you know, 20 years younger and with a less "wild" life.

I'll post a pic sometime. It's great. He got to sign autographs once in Texas for him.

Aug. 27th, 2003 12:21 pm (UTC)
The only way I gotit was to use Google and I didn't want to spoil it for everyone else by posting the answer, in case there might be some legitimate winner out there.
Aug. 28th, 2003 04:52 am (UTC)
i'd rather have a cookie than a point.
Aug. 28th, 2003 05:03 am (UTC)
Perhaps you can exchange your points for cookies at the end of the game.
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