Sunday, May 18, 2008

James Gang

The James Gang (Joe Walsh) play "The Bomber." An excellent jam. There's an "American" sound to this song, whether it was there when recorded or now so many years later. Perhaps it's the marshal sound of the snare drum (which, oddly enough, seems to be based on Ravel's "Bolero"). Or the guitar's tragically optimistic sound. Or maybe it's these strange lyrics:

A closet queen, the busstop's dream, she wants to shake my hand
I don't want to be there, she decides she can
It's Apple Dan, he's just the man to pick fruit off your branches
I can't sleep, and we can't keep this cattle on my ranches
Oh, yeah

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