Outlaws and plenty of Green Grass

The Outlaws "Bring It Back Alive"

The Outlaws “Bring It Back Alive”

 

The Outlaws are playing the Stagecoach Festival this weekend and it gave me a chance to revisit one of the great FM radio classics from the 70s.  I’m talking “Green Grass and High Tides”

Founding Outlaw and songwriter Hughie Thomasson describes the creation of the song:

“I wrote that song in St Augustine, Florida. We went to a cookout on the beach and everybody forgot to bring their guitars. I was standing by the ocean and there was a breeze and the words kept coming to me. It’s about all the rock stars I liked that died had come back and were playing a show just for me. Like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison. And eventually more of course. “

The title came from reversing the subjects in The Rolling Stones greatest hits album “High Tide and Green Grass”

Outlaw Henry Paul describes it this way “I have to say it’s one of my favorite lyrics. My songwriting is more Steinbeck, really rooted in accuracy and reality; this is definitely Alice In Wonderland. It’s the whole ‘White Rabbit.’ It’s sort of like one of those magic lyrical moments that will forever be mysteriously unclearly conceived.

I also found this on Urban Dictionary:

*Green Grass and High Tides is playing*
Guy 1: Wow, the world is almost easier to bear while listening to this song.
Guy 2: Yeah, you know, my house is getting repossessed, my wife left me, and my children all hate me…but I think it’ll all be okay…
Guy 1: Yeah man, I’m sure it’ll be fine.

So in anticipation of enjoying some Green Grass and possible High Tides down in Coachella Valley here is the 23 minute 27 second performance of the song from November 10, 1978.  Enjoy!

In a place you only dream of, where your soul is always free
silver stages, golden curtains, filled my head plain as could be
As a rainbow grew around the sun, all my stars above, who died
Came from somewhere beyond the scene you see
These lovely people played just for me

Now if I let you see this place where stories all ring true
Will you let me past your face to see what’s really you
It’s not for me I ask this question as though I were a king
For you have to love, believe and feel
Before the burst of tambourines take you there

Green grass and high tides forever
Castles of stone, soul and glory
Lost faces say we adore you
As kings and queens bow and play for you

Those who don’t believe me, find your souls and set them free
Those who do, believe and know that time will be your key
Time and time again I’ve thanked them for a peace of mind
That helped me find myself amongst the music and the rhyme
That enchants you there

Green grass and high tides forever
Castles of stone, soul and glory
Lost faces say we adore you
As kings and queens bow and play for you
Yeah they play just for you

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