Song of the Day #2,347: ‘Sun and Moon and Stars’ – Lyle Lovett

naturalforcesHere’s a song from Lyle Lovett’s 2009 album Natural Forces, written by Texas singer-songwriter Vince Bell.

Lovett stopped making albums of strong original material more than 20 years ago. His last great record, The Road to Ensenada, came out in 1992. That’s just crazy.

Since then he’s been content to play covers and a few lazy originals, apparently content to run out his record contract with half-hearted effort.

He owes himself and his fans more than that. I refuse to believe we’ve heard every great Lyle Lovett original album or song. Surely he has a return-to-form masterpiece up his sleeve. Right?

The sun, the moon and the stars, they make the wind blow
It took me twenty years to understand
But lost to me is how the lives of friends go
Like autumn leaves in Oklahoma wind

But it made me strong to be on my own
It never did me no harm to live all alone
Oh, but now and then in the color of the evening
Drunken in a barroom with a fan turning, I’ve come to miss a few

This afternoon was cloudy then the rains came
Third day of my first day San Miguel
Seems lately that I’m doubling as storm bait
I’ve been followed like a shadow through the dell

But it made me strong to be on my own
It never did me no harm to live all alone
Oh, but now and then in the color of the evening
Drunken in a barroom with a fan turning, I’ve come to miss a few

Dear friends and relations, see what I have done
I’ve gathered all my fingers in one place
They breathe a breath that’s deadly stale since they tooled a song for me
I guess mechanics never really set the pace

‘Cause I’m back and I’m strong, I’m here on my own
It never did me no harm to live all alone
Oh, but now and then in the color of the evening
Drunken in a barroom with a fan turning, I’ve come to miss a few

The sun, the moon and the stars, they make the wind blow
It took me twenty years to understand
But lost to me is how the lives of friends go
Like autumn leaves in Oklahoma wind

Oh, now and then, it’s in the color of the evening
Drunken in a barroom with a fan turning, I’ll come to miss a few

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One thought on “Song of the Day #2,347: ‘Sun and Moon and Stars’ – Lyle Lovett

  1. Dana says:

    I agree that we deserve a complete Lyle Lovett album of originals. I wouldn’t, howver, call the few originals he has released lazy. In fact, the title track to this album is quite wonderful, and I like the two others penned by Lyle on this album.

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