Steve Earle — Telephone Road
Album: El Corazon
Avg rating:
7

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Total ratings: 780









Released: 1997
Length: 3:38
Plays (last 30 days): 1
My brother Jimmy, my other brother Jack
Went off down to Houston and they never come back
Mama wasn't gonna let her baby go yet
But there ain't nobody hirin' back in Lafeyette
I'm workin' all week for the Texaco check
Sun beatin' down on the back of my neck
Tried to save my money but Jimmy says no
Says he's got a little honey on Telephone Road

Chorus:
Come on come on come on let's go
This ain't Louisianna
Your Mama won't know
Come on come on come on let's go
Everybody's rockin' out on Telephone Road

Telephone Road is ten miles long
Fifty car lots and a hundred honky-tonks
Jukebox blastin' and the beer bottles ring
Jimmy banging on a pinball machine

Chorus

Mama never told me about nothin' like this
I guess Houston's 'bout a big as a city can get
Sometimes I get lonesome for Lafeyette
Someday I'm goin' home but I ain't ready yet

Chorus
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Love this great ballad! Steve Earle nails it, IMO.
a few years ago i had XM radio in my car
Steve Earl had a weekly show and it was great
he would pick a year from the past
and play music from that year
always adding his take on the music and the times
or he would do a whole artist for a show
and play music by others relating to the subject

anyway, i miss his show and a couple of others 
but no work for me
no need for XM
 
9! Great to play before going out and getting a little crazy. 
 bseib wrote:
Never been to Lafayette, Louisiana (LFT), but my luggage visited there once rather than coming home to Indiana (LAF). :-)

 
Flying used to be such fun. Now you're crammed together with heaving humanity if you're lucky, and one odd moment from a full body-cavity search if you're not. 
never heard this guy before - bloody marvelous{#Bananajam}
really like it {#Bananajam}
Never been to Lafayette, Louisiana (LFT), but my luggage visited there once rather than coming home to Indiana (LAF). :-)
Unless I miss my guess, in a decade or so, maybe longer, Earle will be recognized as an American treasure—for his honesty, lyricism, and the uniformly high quality of his output.
 joelbb wrote:
This is OK, but definitely shitkicker music.  Don't know about the road he's talking about, but Telephone Road in Houston is deep in the heart of Kountry KIKK's demo.

 
Yes, well, that would be why this gets a '10' from me.  More SE please!


This ain't Louisiana and your mama won't know.
 joelbb wrote:
This is OK, but definitely shitkicker music.  Don't know about the road he's talking about, but Telephone Road in Houston is deep in the heart of Kountry KIKK's demo.

 
You say that like it's a bad thing...

He IS talking about Telephone Road in Houston. 
 Dahlia_Gumbo wrote:
I am very biased on favor of anything by steve earle.
 
...... which is not a bad thing :))
One of RP's first songs and one of my first Radio Paradise Favorites playlist additions. Still going strong and a favorite while many others have faded away.
I am very biased on favor of anything by steve earle.
 EssexTex wrote:

Yep and one of the strippers has a false leg....ya'll should see her pole dance.


 
Doesn't that make every dance of hers a pole dance by default?
 Stingray wrote:
Nobody dancing in my guesthouse!
Not at all special for the ears!


 

they have no heart
 solrac wrote:

stingrey, you have to much anger in your heart! 

 

and no taste in music
Did we just hear Bill announce the time - a quarter to six?
Funny - cause it's a quarter to six here, too.
Sitting here together, finishing our breakfast before rushing to work enjoying RP as every day.
Greetings from Austria,
Robert and Eve 

Hey!  My ex sister-in-law (whom I dearly love) has lived off Telephone Road for 25 years, in Pearland.  And I think she would agree when I say, "It ain't real purdy down thataway."  Flat as a pool table, too.


So many closed-minded folks posting angry comments. It's a song about a kid from Louisiana moving to Houston and liking life in the big city. {#Sunny}

Ease up, Led Zep will be on after awhile. {#Wave}