Tuesday, February 18, 2014

A lullaby for Sweet Baby James and a dirge for a suicide

Record cover image from allmusic

In 1970, Taylor sang his cowboy lullaby Sweet Baby James on BBC, and it became a huge hit. It's folksy and bluesy and it has a whiff of country about it too. Here he sings it in 2008, and explains how he came to write it for his new baby nephew, also called James.

A hit song with a completely different background and mood is Fire and Rain, written after a fellow inmate killed herself at a mental institution where Taylor also spent some time.

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