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Song of the Day: Townes Van Zandt, "Waitin' 'Round To Die"

Denver-Music.com now has a series called "Song of the Day."  Some of the songs you may have heard, others you may have not.  This series will try to help you, the music fan, in finding some new artists, or give you a chance to listen to a song you've hopefully already grown to love.  It will also bring an opportunity to buy some CD's, and give the information you'll need to see some of the featured artist's shows when they come around your area. 

Colorado is very fortunate to be a fixture for many talented musicians as they make their way across the country on tour, and has incredible venues in which music fans can see shows, like Red Rocks Amphitheatre, the Ogden Theatre, the Denver Fillmore, the Bluebird Theater, the Fox Theatre, and the Boulder Theater, to name a few.  Many of the songs will be by artists who will be making their way to the venues near you. 

Also, if you have a song you'd like to see as the "Song of the Day" leave it at the comment section of this page or send me a Facebook message, or contact me via Twitter.  Also, "Like" the Denver Music Facebook Page for you chance to get a free ticket to the sold-out June 15th, Mumford and Sons show at the Fillmore, in Denver.  I'll do my best to accommodate your song requests.  I hope you like the new series, and enjoy their music as much as I do.

Today's "Song of the Day" comes from the legendary, singer/songwriter, Townes Van Zandt, with his song, "Waitin' 'Round To Die," off the album, Townes Van Zandt.  He was a both a pioneer in the country music and folk genre scene.  Many of today's artists find inspiration in his work, and many times you can hear hear his influence in their music.  He led a tough life, and had many incredible battles, but still was able to produce music that will live on forever.

Today's song goes out to my brother, Neil Thoreson, who enjoys sitting back and drinking a bit of whiskey, while listening to Townes Van Zandt.

Lyrics always catch my ear, and these words find their place in the song, "Waitin' 'Round To Die,"

"Sometimes I don't know where this dirty road is taking me
Sometimes I can't even see the reason why
I guess I keep on gamblin', lots of booze and lots of ramblin'
It's easier than just a-waitin' 'round to die

One-time friends I had a ma, I even had a pa
He beat her with a belt once cause she cried
She told him to take care of me, she headed down to Tennessee
It's easier than just a-waitin' 'round to die

I came of age and found a girl in a Tuscaloosa bar
She cleaned me out and hit it on the sly
I tried to kill the pain, I bought some wine and hopped a train
Seemed easier than just a-waitin' 'round to die.."

For information about Town Van Zandt click on this website, you can buy this song or his music on iTunes, or "like" him on the Facebook Page set up in his honor.  Until the next time you'll be able to listen to him, here is Townes Van Zandt, with his song, "Waiting 'Round To Die," enjoy.

REMINDER:  DENVER MUSIC GIVEAWAY- Simply "like" the Denver Music Facebook Page and you will be entered into a drawing for a free Mumford and Sons ticket (June 15th), for the sold-out show at the Fillmore. Those that have already "liked" the page are already entered. The drawing will be June 1st. Best of luck.