The often trite lyrics ("Well life is for love/And they say that love is blind") sometimes take an inventive turn ("If you want to live easy/Baby pack your clothes with mine"). But only rarely do they veer off into the wild. "I'm a-listening to Billy Joe Shaver," he sings—we're still in the same song, "Feel a Change Coming On"—"and I'm reading James Joyce/Some people they tell me I've got the Blood of the Lamb in my voice."Interesting.
From the new album, Together Through Life:
I feel a change coming on
and the fourth part of the day is all ready gone.
I'm a-listening to Billy Joe Shaver
And I'm reading James Joyce
Some people they tell me
I've got the blood of the land in my voice
Blood of the Land? Blood of the Lamb? Eerie. He's done that before, you know, in Not Dark Yet when he wrote:
Feel like my soul has turned into steel
I've still got the scars that the sun didn't heal
I've still got the scars that the sun - that the Son - didn't heal.