What a state. A wasteland on the western side that produces nothing but cattle and broken towns and a humid sweat stain in the middle. I love it here, though. This state has produced as many heroes as it has villians and given just the size of the territory, its no wonder why so many have come out of here. More area to claim people is my guess.
Townes Van Zandt, Buck Owens, Pantera, ZZ Top, Rodney Crowell, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Willie Nelson, Kinky Friedman, Guy Clark, Lyle Lovett, Blaze Foley, and countless other greats have emerged from here and plenty of stellar songs about this place, as well. “Waltz Across Texas”, “San Antonio Girl”, “El Paso” “Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind?” “Amarillo by Morning” “Galveston” “Letter to Laredo” “Yellow Rose of Texas” and anything that appears on Lyle Lovett’s Step Inside This House album made up most of my day driving.
I’ll leave the complaints off. Whatever nonsense comes out of here can be made up by some fine musicians.
Texas and I have a love/hate relationship, but let’s remember the good times, baby.