Rip Guy Clark

In “Desperados Waiting for a Train,” one of a handful of originals now regarded as standards from his 1975 debut album, “Old No. 1,” Mr. Clark reminisced about a grandfatherly figure at whose feet he used to listen to stories as a boy. Writing through the eyes of childhood, Mr. Clark describes the old-timer in almost mythic terms as “a drifter and a driller of oil wells, and an old-school man of the world” who is confronting his mortality. I’d play the “Red River Valley” And he’d sit in the kitchen and cry And run his fingers through 70 years of living And wonder, Lord, has every well I drilled gone dry? We was friends, me and this old man Like desperados waiting for a train
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