Steve Earle — Transcendental Blues
Album: Transcendental Blues
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Released: 2000
Length: 3:43
Plays (last 30 days): 2
In the darkest hour of the longest night
If it was in my power I'd step into the light
Candles on the altar, penny in your shoe
Walk upon the water - transcendental blues.

Happy ever after 'til the day you die
Careful what you ask for, you don't know 'til you try
Hands are in your pockets, starin' at your shoes
Wishin' you could stop it - transcendental blues.

If I had it my way, everything would change
Out here on this highway the rules are still the same
Back roads never carry you where you want 'em to
They leave you standin' there with them ol'
Transcendental Blues.
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This song always reminds me of that realization that sometimes comes upon you at 3 a.m. after a very long evening.
 oldfart48 wrote:

STEVE HAD HIS PROBLEMS , HOWEVER HIS WORST NEVER CAME CLOSE TO THE TRASH THAT SCREAMING JUNKY SHAT AT US....

 
Screaming Junky? Like Jimi, Janis, Byrd, Stan Getz, Lady Day, Johnny, Belushi, PSH and yes Kurt? Seems like good company to me.
Kinda Byrd-like, maybe ?
 
 crogers wrote:
Plodding beat, repetitive chord progression, unimaginative arrangement, annoying vocalization, uninspired lyrics.  What's not to like?  Solid 3.

 
Oh please, you're trying too hard. Are you one of his ex-wives?
Awesome Billy Boy Happy New Year to you too, I knew this was coming at some point today. Nothing changes on New Year's Day!
Plodding beat, repetitive chord progression, unimaginative arrangement, annoying vocalization, uninspired lyrics.  What's not to like?  Solid 3.
You could still snap back.
 Peter_Bradshaw wrote:

.... yes why all the hate!!?
 
Advanced age; eye sight poor; mental elasticity almost all gone.

How am I doing? 
Any opinions on his oxycontin blues? I thought it was kind of a (rare) letdown... but wouldn't mind hearing it anyway
 oldfart48 wrote:

STEVE HAD HIS PROBLEMS , HOWEVER HIS WORST NEVER CAME CLOSE TO THE TRASH THAT SCREAMING JUNKY SHAT AT US....

 
.... yes why all the hate!!?
 oldfart48 wrote:

STEVE HAD HIS PROBLEMS , HOWEVER HIS WORST NEVER CAME CLOSE TO THE TRASH THAT SCREAMING JUNKY SHAT AT US....

 
Why all the hate? 
This song is beautifully trippy.
 (former member) wrote:
I always think this is Nirvana. And that's not a bad thing.

 
STEVE HAD HIS PROBLEMS , HOWEVER HIS WORST NEVER CAME CLOSE TO THE TRASH THAT SCREAMING JUNKY SHAT AT US....
 tulfan wrote:
...he sounds like a grad of the Bob Dylan School of Vocal Expression...
 
THAT WOULD BE A GOOD THING...{#Dance}
 hiromike wrote:

you might hear similar content on KGSR in Austin TX,  but it is hardly a regular radio station.  
KPIG
 Freedom California

BillG's almamater, not a " regular " station, just the only comerical station left that plays real music. in Cal.{#Dance} altho they have been guted by corporate idiots....{#Evil}
 hiromike wrote:

you might hear similar content on KGSR in Austin TX,  but it is hardly a regular radio station.  

 
 
kpig freedom california
The music has been good for me this arvo but I only heard Passenger for the first time last Thursday and I am hooked especially on the album All the little lights which I absolutely must listen to now.  Sorry for the out of context intrusion Earle fans - pretty cool song by the way.
 Poacher wrote:
So glad this is back on the playlist again. It was playing here when I first joined back in errrr. . . whenever. . . and mede a real impression on my young mind at the time :)

Where else would you hear this kind of stuff on a radio station eh?

Lovely stuff.

 

 
you might hear similar content on KGSR in Austin TX,  but it is hardly a regular radio station.  

 
Does no one notice this song is skipping and playing the same portion over and over?
 Misterfixit wrote:


Don't think so.  I heard he turned up on the wrong end of a cleverly concealed 20mm chain gun while he was driving up the San Diego Freeway in one of those electric ecofreek cars road hogging in front of some maniac's original Diesel Hummer with the special hood mounted Road-Rage Target Defenestration Unit.

 
Fantasy, Rumor or Confession, Misterfixit? Perhaps all three if you've been particularly enterprising. 
{#Meditate}
 meinthecorner wrote:
Steve's one artist I choose to follow because he is remarkable. Not only did he basically pick himself up out of his own grave early on, but, he manages to make me laugh, cry and dance with every album of his that I own. That, to me, is some special talent!!
 
Yes! Thank you kindred spirit!
{#Dance}
  
 sronis wrote:
He sings like he's constipated.
 
I believe that's the origin of the song title.
...he sounds like a grad of the Bob Dylan School of Vocal Expression...
So glad this is back on the playlist again. It was playing here when I first joined back in errrr. . . whenever. . . and mede a real impression on my young mind at the time :)

Where else would you hear this kind of stuff on a radio station eh?

Lovely stuff.

 
Bad vocals doesn't normally bother me.  I like Jerry Garcia, Leonard Cohen, Dylan, etc... But the vocals on this are like fingers on a chalkboard.
 Cynaera wrote:

The man went through a lot, but he kept his soul. I love "Transcendental Blues," and also "The Revolution Starts Now."  I'll join your committee - um, what's our prime directive?{#Mrgreen}
 
Um, to get this song a higher rating? And, I'm joining too!
Steve's one artist I choose to follow because he is remarkable. Not only did he basically pick himself up out of his own grave early on, but, he manages to make me laugh, cry and dance with every album of his that I own. That, to me, is some special talent!!
He sings like he's constipated.
Nice sound!
 dmax wrote:
I always think this is Nirvana. And that's not a bad thing.
 
Yes it is.
Now how about something from Jim White's Transnormal Skiperoo !?
I always think this is Nirvana. And that's not a bad thing.
 On_The_Beach wrote:
Nice raw guitar sound.
 

and percussion

 rdo wrote:

This song should have a higher rating.  I am thinking about forming a committee.


 
The man went through a lot, but he kept his soul. I love "Transcendental Blues," and also "The Revolution Starts Now."  I'll join your committee - um, what's our prime directive?{#Mrgreen}
I live in a place where music is pretty cut and dried - we get the top forty. There was once a wonderful station, pioneered by Ken Sutherland and Rich Bryan, and it was called Coyote FM. I had my first taste of Steve Earle's "Transcendental Blues" and "The Revolution Starts Now." Lots of other stuff, too. It was a little piece of paradise, in its day. Coyote bites the dust August 1, after having changed formats several times in an effort to survive.

Salutations to the soon-to-be defunct Coyote FM. When you were good, you gave me Charlie Sexton, Arc Angels, "Bridge of Sighs," and Jessie Colin-Young. When you were bad, you still gave me "Seagull" by Bad Company and "Conquistador" by Procol Harum.

I'll miss you. Dammit.

Three in a row for the left of center.  Yeah!!!!!
Steve Earle and the Heartbreakers :)


There is so much going on sonically in this song. It's like an auditory massage.
Nice raw guitar sound.
 rdo wrote:

This song should have a higher rating.  I am thinking about forming a committee.

 
Yeah, committees have done a lot of good in the world. {#Rolleyes}
I think Steve's voice on this is horrifying. I'm thinking about seeing a therapist...it seems like PTSD. {#Stop}
Ah, thanks! I like Steve Earle's music. ^..^~
Yes, this is one of Steve Earles better efforts!{#Clap}
Good stuff!

This song should have a higher rating.  I am thinking about forming a committee.


 philbertr wrote:
Waiting for another negative comment from Excelsior.  Should be coming up any minute now.....
 

Don't think so.  I heard he turned up on the wrong end of a cleverly concealed 20mm chain gun while he was driving up the San Diego Freeway in one of those electric ecofreek cars road hogging in front of some maniac's original Diesel Hummer with the special hood mounted Road-Rage Target Defenestration Unit.

megisi wrote:
This album is incandescent, brilliantly conceived and executed, thoroughly engaging, allathat ... I was a Steve Earle fan before it, but my respect for his artistry went to a new height when I heard Transcendental Blues.

10


I was trying to articulate how I felt about this song ... thanks!


 MortimerS wrote:
Vocals: bad parody of Bob.
Lyrics: Banal
Melody: Nonexistent.
2
And not excelsior, I am more average than that.
 
I guess that just proves that good music is synergistic!

 megisi wrote:
This album is incandescent, brilliantly conceived and executed, thoroughly engaging, allathat ... I was a Steve Earle fan before it, but my respect for his artistry went to a new height when I heard Transcendental Blues.

10

 

Excellent comment.

I saw Steve's son, Justin Townes Earle, in S.F. the other night. It looks like the Earle's are gonna be around for a while. {#Clap}
This album is incandescent, brilliantly conceived and executed, thoroughly engaging, allathat ... I was a Steve Earle fan before it, but my respect for his artistry went to a new height when I heard Transcendental Blues.

10