dbt tracks week #103 - Pulaski

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Interesting how the version you hear first kind of sets the tone for what comes later. I'd never heard Cooley's older, slower versions of Pulaski, so the pacing and sound of the Go Go Boots version sound just right to me.

FWIW, I always assumed that she fell in with the wrong crowd and it was drugs that got her. But like most Cooley songs, it could go a lot of different ways.
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RevMatt wrote:
beantownbubba wrote:
RevMatt wrote:I consider Dolly to be the best female songwriter ever.



:shock:

Joni Mitchell
Carole King
Ellie Greenwich
Lucinda Williams
Laura Nyro

For starters...

You wouldn't include Dolly in this group?!?!


The point is that you don't include Dolly in this group.
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People still snort cocaine?
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one belt loop wrote:People still snort cocaine?


She died a long time ago. Or at least the song was written a while back. I'm sure smitty can provide the relevant details. Sir?
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one belt loop wrote:People still snort cocaine?


When they can't get it on donuts.
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Tequila Cowboy wrote:
one belt loop wrote:People still snort cocaine?


When they can't get it on donuts.


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One of my fav Cooley songs.

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beantownbubba wrote:
one belt loop wrote:People still snort cocaine?


She died a long time ago. Or at least the song was written a while back. I'm sure smitty can provide the relevant details. Sir?


The first time it was performed that I know of was in 2001, so it's atleast that old - but I can promise powder still gets snorted, every day.
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Love, love, love this song - definitely one of Cooley's best.

I wonder if this is just me, or if any of y'all have noticed this as well - I have no gripe with the album version, it's still one of my favorite songs off of it. But I've heard this song played in both a stripped down setting and a rawk show setting live (as in I was there) and this is what I thought - When Cooley plays this song solo or as an acoustic duet with Patterson, it sounds insanely beautiful. The magic of the song is spellbinding. Like this video they did for the Mahogany Sessions:


But when I've heard it played at a full-on show, the only way I remember it was played is if I keep a running setlist. All the magic is gone and the song becomes utterly forgettable. I've apparently heard it twice in person at the rawk show and I honestly can't recall it in my memory. Maybe that's just my bad memory or something, but I do feel like a bit of the spark that makes this song so remarkable gets lost in the full-on electric band ensemble. I feel like this song needs the more laid-back acoustic arrangement to fully be appreciated. Perhaps Cooley should start swapping this one out of the rawk show set with Sounds Better in the Song. Sounds Better in the Song sounds so good with the electric treatment; Pulaski, not so much.
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^^^^Agree.
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This song always reminded me of Townes Van Zandt's Tecumseh Valley, which was masterfully covered by Steve Earle on his classic album Train a Comin:

The name she gave was Caroline
The daughter of a miner
And her ways were free and it seemed to me
The sunshine walked beside her
She come from Spencer 'cross the hill
She said her Pa had sent her
'Cause the coal was low and soon the snow
Would turn the skies to winter

Well she said she'd come to look for work
She was not seeking favors
For a dime a day and a place to stay
She'd turn those hands to labor

The times were hard Lord the jobs were few
All through Tecumseh Valley
But she asked around and a job she found
Tending bar for Gypsy Sally

She saved enough to get back home
When spring replaced the winter
But her dreams were denied her Pa had died
The word came down from Spencer

She turned to whorin' out on the streets
With all the lust inside her
It was many a man returned again
To lay himself beside her

Well they found her down beneath the stairs
That led to Gypsy Sally's
In her hand when she died
Was a note that cried
Fare thee well Tecumseh Valley

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Great call jj. I never made the connection before. "Tecumseh Valley" is my favorite TVZ song.
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GuitarManUpstairs wrote:^^^^Agree.


I agree with Smarty's post as well.
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brett27295 wrote:This song has always reminded me of Elvis Presley's Long Black Limousine. Both have similar story lines, girl leaves small town and ends up coming back in a pine box.

Wish I knew what happened out there in California though lol. I guess we can all interpret it the way we choose.
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There is a bust of Casimir Pulaski, for whom that town and this county are named, not a hundred yards from where I type this. I'll give it a good look next time I walk by. Maybe now we'll need another:

‘It’s a woman. It’s not Pulaski.’: New documentary argues Revolutionary War hero was intersex
Nara Schoenberg wrote:When the skeleton believed to belong to the Revolutionary War hero Casimir Pulaski was first examined by modern scientists in the late 1990s, the results were disappointing.

“You’ll just have to shoot me,” a forensic anthropologist told the head of the scientific team, according to a new Smithsonian Channel documentary.

“It’s a woman. It’s not Pulaski.”
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i don't remember this thread.

johnny cash tennessee two step shuffle back beat. angels singing in the fog. patterson delicate plucking. freaky deaky organ/pedal steel/accordian mash up.

studio version is a wonder to behold.

i've never really listened to the lyrics. what's it about?

a great song on a criminally underrated album.

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dime in the gutter wrote:i've never really listened to the lyrics. what's it about?
Small town girl makes good, American style.
dime in the gutter wrote:a great song on a criminally underrated album.
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It' was mesmerizing when cooley played it at his solo show few months ago
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Named after an intersex Revolutionary War hero - https://www.history.com/news/casimir-pu ... -discovery

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