This one hurts. And it's hitting Ernie really hard. So, so, so many memories of seeing Billy Joe…from the first time we saw him at Main Street Pub in Chicago before Tramp On Your Street came out. We bought a homemade cassette from him. He was kind…walking around to every table…calling out Joe Losurdo's band…damn I can't remember their name. Joe? 

Onto Schuba's and Fitzgerald's then down here at the Blind Pig and the Highdive and then the Rosebowl. Seeing him walking down Broadway in Nashville with a film crew back when that stretch was a bit of a wasteland…and Ernie being so excited that he interrupted and shook his hand. I swear I saw that footage once but I can't remember where.

I'm gonna live forever

I'm gonna cross that river

I'm gonna catch tomorrow now

You're gonna wanna hold me

Just like I always told you

You're gonna miss me when I'm gone

Nobody here will ever find me

But I always be around

Just like the songs I leave behind me

I'm gonna live forever now

You fathers and you mothers

Be good to one another

Please try to raise your children right

Don't let the darkness take 'em

Don't make 'em feel forsaken

Just lead them safely to the light

When this old world has blown us under

And all the stars from fall this sky

Remember someone really loves you

We'll live forever you and I

I'm gonna live forever

I'm gonna cross that river

I'm gonna catch tomorrow now

6a00d8341c632053ef01543786efa5970c-800wiBilly Joe and Ernie in 2011 at the Rosebowl

 

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