This is a performance by Sam Roberts playing his song, Hard Road. I find it so interesting how, if you strip away any pretense at art or even cleverness within the chords or the lyrics, you sometimes end up with something harder and clearer than you would’ve otherwise had. I mean, you couldn’t do that with jazz–that genre’s almost BUILT on being too clever for your own good. But within pop and rock and country–music for people who don’t play music–that gets you somewhere.
I love the inherent inconsistency in a video like this. Never mind the vagaries of live performance, the quality of the camera and camera person, the way it was rendered and then put online are now factors as well. Listen to that bass shred the little mic in the camera. The lyrics stay almost totally clear, though.
Don’t you know that lost souls can swim / You beat them back, but they drag you in / And I can’t say that I’m sorry / For all my many sins