Lookin’ Out My Back Door; Or Sounds From Boo Radley’s PorchBy Bill Kauffman for FRONT PORCH REPUBLIC
BURNED-OVER DISTRICT, NY—Caleb has proposed this beautiful rendition of “Our Town” by Iris DeMent as the Front Porch theme song.
(Anyone not moved by it is either dead or, worse, deracinated.) Herewith a few more tunes I would happily play on my porch, annoying family and neighbors with my wretchedly off-key croaking chorus. Though these carry YouTube links, I vouch only for the quality of the songs, not their visual accompaniment. I regret that I was unable to find an internet version of the Maine singer David Mallett’s “Livin’ on the Edge,” which is the perfect companion to DeMent’s “Our Town.” Nor could I find Tom Russell’s “The Ballad of Edward Abbey,” which is like “God Bless America” or “God Bless the U.S.A.” but written by and about a patriot.
Ya can’t please everyone, as Ricky Nelson learned. Peters will complain that I neglected Air Supply; Beer will ask where is Indiana? (Here it is, courtesy of R. Dean Taylor).
Please suggest your own tunes for the FPR Top 40. Songs by local and regional bands especially encouraged.
The Kinks: Village Green Preservation Society
The Kinks: Muswell Hillbilly
Steve Earle: The Mountain
Joe South: Don’t it Make You Want to Go Home?
Bruce Springsteen: Long Walk Home
Cowboy Junkies: Anniversary Song
John Mellencamp: Rain on the Scarecrow
Exene Cervenka: Will Jesus Wash the Bloodstains from Your Hands?
Graham Parker: You Can’t Be Too Strong
Gram Parsons: Return of the Grievous Angel
Show of Hands: Roots
Lynyrd Skynrd: All I Can Do is Write About It
Glen Campbell: Galveston
The Long Ryders: State of My Union
The Pretenders: My City was Gone
Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul: I am a Patriot
Dwight Yoakam: I Sang Dixie
Gerry and the Pacemakers: Ferry ‘Cross the Mersey
The Clash: Complete Control