Steve Earle — Telephone Road
Album: El Corazon
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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}
 Stingray wrote:
STUPID!!!
 
stingrey, you have to much anger in your heart! 
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.
 merkin_muffley wrote:
It's ok, but rather hear Copperhead Road if its on the playlist.
 
Yes it is on the playlist, thankfully! Last Play: Aug 08, 2012 - 23:45
 Stingray wrote:
STUPID!!!
 

don't be so hard on yourself
gotta' be my favorite Steve Earle song, saw him last month and sadly I have to report that he didn't do this one.
STUPID!!!
It's ok, but rather hear Copperhead Road if its on the playlist.

Very American...
Not his best song but I like it!
Please play more Steve Earl.
Telephone Road is Earle's. Telegraph Road is Knopfler. 
And to judge by the consistency of his/her comments, Stingray doesn't like ANYTHING RP every offers up. A constant, stuck-groove refrain written in Crap Minor. 
Wow.  Now we're into a second set of what sounds like country music to me.  Boo.
Gee, no it doesn't look anything like that at all.  Where are the bars, the icehouses, the shacks, the shotgun houses, the burnouts, the dives, the cheap furniture stores and the industrial debutantes  (aka working girls)? This below looks like somebody cares.  Nobody on Telephone Road gives a ________.

 Liz    (north of I-10) 

 
toterola wrote:
Telephone Road is ten miles long
Fifty car lots and a hundred honky-tonks... {#Dancingbanana_2}

 
lathyris wrote:
This is the picture I sent to the City of Houston last week for what I want Telephone Road to look like:



Let's just say it doesn't look anything like that right now :)
 
 


 Stingray wrote:
Nobody dancing in my guesthouse!
Not at all special for the ears!

 
Perhaps you need lessons from Romeo?

 kingart wrote:
No doubt about it, Earle's a great songwriter. Further to RP's penchant for linking tunes by theme, music, lyrics, or title, it seems logical that this should be followed by Dire Strait's Telegraph Road. 
 

Except we ain't got 14mins 18 seconds.........do we?
Nobody dancing in my guesthouse!
Not at all special for the ears!

Hey, I was born on Telephone Road!

(ok, actually born in a hospital and brought home to a little apartment on Telephone Road)

No doubt about it, Earle's a great songwriter. Further to RP's penchant for linking tunes by theme, music, lyrics, or title, it seems logical that this should be followed by Dire Strait's Telegraph Road. 
What a well-turned song!
Steve Earl is RAD!!!  Not his best song ... But he and his story and cause is just too cool.
Some days you're in the mood for a Steve Earle song and some days you're not. Luckily for me, today I am!   : )
Telephone Road is ten miles long
Fifty car lots and a hundred honky-tonks... {#Dancingbanana_2}

 
lathyris wrote:
This is the picture I sent to the City of Houston last week for what I want Telephone Road to look like:



Let's just say it doesn't look anything like that right now :)

 


this song is quite boring. 3.
Excellent and tasty;particular the Chorus, C'mon, C'mon, C'mon Let's Go...etc..

But there's good Thai Food down Telephone Rd. KANOMWAN...yummy.

 
lathyris wrote:
This is the picture I sent to the City of Houston last week for what I want Telephone Road to look like:



Let's just say it doesn't look anything like that right now :)

 


man, I like this song a lot.
...but I love you Suzanne...
This is the picture I sent to the City of Houston last week for what I want Telephone Road to look like:



Let's just say it doesn't look anything like that right now :)

So many great comments on this board, eg lmic & Businessgypsy.  I LOVE RP!!!
 toterola wrote:
Oh, yeah: Steve Earle is the real deal. Him and Billy Joe Shaver. Peace.
 
He is the real deal, and then some. Talk about hard roads, Billy Joe Shaver has walked down them all. And lived to tell about it, no small feat. Nice to know he's got fans out there...  Peace.

 lmic wrote:
 
El Dia de los Muertos as interpreted by Lynda Barry.{#Cheesygrin}

 

The original source of those images is the Mexican game Loteria.
Yowza, there is no place to hide on RP! This is a great comment Businessgypsy! There are so many things that I don't like....yet
 
Businessgypsy wrote:
Yeah, and what's up with that Ernest Hemingway guy? Couldn't write a matchbook cover. Just checked your favorites. Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Nick Drake, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash. You're a Steve Earle fan, just don't know it yet. The beautiful writing will get you when you least expect it.