Song - Artist - Album
Love You Till the End - The Pogues - Pogue Mahone 1996
This album is my first introduction to James Jackson Toth's work. Blood Oaths is as solid musically as it is lyrically. I was instantly drawn by the superb blending of rock, blues, and country but then kept coming back to the work because of the lyrical content. He weaves common themes of the nature of time, the desire to eventually settle, and the status of his heart throughout all of the tracks. In Outsider Blues he tells a story of taking a road trip to a blues festival and eventually laments how he cannot see his own heart to "asses any damage or survey the scars" only to eventually throw his heart up and exclaim it "looked like honeycomb" in the late album meandering Jhonn Balance. Southern Colorado Song was my initial favorite. The repetitive rock chord progression provides framework for the beautiful lyrics. Listen closely to the bass and the howls when the chorus kicks in.