Foot stompin’ and entertaining, the Austin Steamers tell the story of hard living with a noteworthy reference to a crow leaving tracks all across one’s face. Checking around into the historic symbolism of the crow, it seems it has been a symbol of transition, transformation and death. Leaving the self that holds one back instead for the authentic self.

“Everywhere I go I seem to be in the same damn place.  Every inch I go ahead, I fall a foot behind.  Hard livin’s going to be the end of me . . . .”
So today, Sunday, seems a good day to reference some down home bluegrass with some down and dirty banjo picking, as for some reason, Sundays and bluegrass seem to go together. The chosen song is featured in Richard Linklater’s movie Boyhood, the Old Black Crow stands out as a unique song from the soundtrack. The version in the soundtrack has a quicker tempo than the posted version, if you can imagine.

Warning: if foot stomping is not in your musical repertoire, you have come to the wrong post. 🙂 Enjoy.

lyrics
on the day that I was born I started growin’ old
no one told me life would be so lonesome and cold
I had a gray hair by the age of twenty-three
this life hard luck living is going to be the end of me

chorus
the old black crow leavin’ tracks all across my face
and everywhere I go I seem to be in the same damn place
hard livin’s going to be the end of me
(banjo)

well I dropped out of school before I leaned to think
cause all I wanna to do was play the guitar and sing
and everything I know I learned out on the road
I’ve been damned near everywhere but got no place to go
(banjo)

Hard livin’s goin’ to kill me one day at a time
every inch I pull ahead I fall a foot behind
and I’ll never be a gambler ’cause I don’t get the cards
and you can’t take it with you to the old graveyard