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  • Writer's pictureMark Pajak

Gringo Honeymoon – Song of the Month

By Robert Earl Keen (REK)


Yes, I could have gone with “Its Hard To Be Humble” covered by many different artists. However I have always disliked that song very much.

Songs are stories put to music. Gingo Honeymoon by Robert Earl Keen from the #2Live Diner album just reeks with humility. It is amazing.

Consider these lyrics:

..we took a rowboat cross the Rio Grand…

..rented donkeys from an old blind man…

..serv’in cold beer in the shade…

..he took us to his one room run down shack…

..played an old gut string guitar…

..for a while we knew that life was good…

.. wishing that the world would stop…

For me this song is all about humility. It is all about coping and surviving and accepting circumstances as they are presented and then being humble enough to revel in what has been given to us.

I love Robert Earl Keen’s music and this version is from his #2 Live Diner album. I believe that the message is powerful. And I consider the version of this song on that album to have the most pop.

On a lighter note, one of my all-time favorite songs is on this album as well. The Five Pound Bass features one of the best fiddle playing you will most probably ever hear. It is definitely worth a listen. Fiddle player Brian Duckworth is sooo talented. I challenge you to 1.) Not laugh or at least smile at this story and 2.) Not be impressed with the length, scope and shear genius of the fiddle that you will hear. It is truly amazing. Such good music.

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