The Difference Between Us (live)

…or maybe we should concentrate on what we have in common… The difference between a lover and friend is the difference between the start and the end the difference between a crack and a bend that’s the difference between us The difference between your life’s longest day and the one when you wake up, you’reContinue reading “The Difference Between Us (live)”

Let That Bird Fly Away

This is not a song about birds, not even in the Swingin’ Sixties British sense of the word. This is a song about letting go. Getting old is the process of letting go but some things are harder to let go of than others, and sometimes they follow you into your dreams. This is oneContinue reading “Let That Bird Fly Away”

I’m Not Afraid (live)

I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s noticed that these are kind of dark times in some ways. There’s a lot of anger and hate in the air, you can feel it, people are…everybody seems like they’re pissed off. I hear people yelling on the streets, at each other, and it can be discouraging,Continue reading “I’m Not Afraid (live)”

I Love You So Bad It Hurts (live)

I got two girls One’s in heaven and one’s below One I love with all my heart And one I do not know Townes Van Sandt I didn’t know it as I was writing this song but it turns out to be about two women, with the verses alternating between thoughts of each of them.Continue reading “I Love You So Bad It Hurts (live)”

The 20 greatest breakup songs ever – ranked! — Music | The Guardian

On the 40th anniversary of Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive topping the charts – and as the UK blunders towards its own acrimonious divorce – here’s the definitive list of tear-stained stonkersHip-hop isn’t big on romantic heartbreak, but this is a particularly fine example. There’s a lot of bragging from Guru about how he’s so… viaContinue reading “The 20 greatest breakup songs ever – ranked! — Music | The Guardian”

I’m Not Afraid (LIVE)

I Fear is the challenge to overcome or to succumb and either way your work’s not done Once you think you’ve got it licked you’ve only learned half of the trick Just because you lose, or win, doesn’t mean a goddamn thing the next time that the fear begins II They say the fear ofContinue reading “I’m Not Afraid (LIVE)”

I Have To Say

This song, like John Lennon’s Woman, is addressed both to the specific woman I’ve built my life around, and to all individuals of her gender. This feels like a moment for me to be quiet and do some listening. I’ve already heard everything I Have To Say. In another similarity with Beatle John, my compositionsContinue reading “I Have To Say”

Genius In Our Midst: Bragg

“We’re actually recharging our batteries: me from the audience and their response, and the audience from me and my songs and ideas. We’re recharging our batteries so we can go back out there and fight the good fight, get our own little space wherever we are. I’ll do my bit, and you’ll do your bit,Continue reading “Genius In Our Midst: Bragg”

The Price I Pay

  Billy Bragg is a songwriter who follows in the footsteps of giants like Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, and Phil Ochs. Many of his songs dive into the guts of the working class, the poor, and the victims of capitalism, racism, and war.   This isn’t one of those songs. He’s also a geniusContinue reading “The Price I Pay”