“Desperados Waiting for a Train” by Guy Clark – recited

“Desperados Waiting for a Train” is a song written by Guy Clark in 1973 and covered by other artists including Rita Coolidge before Clark released his own rendition on his first LP 1975. Autobiographical, Clark tells that the song is about his grandmother’s boyfriend, Jack, who acted as a grandfather to him.

The song has become one of the great songs of US folk/country music and it even became the title of an album by “The Highwaymen”, a band consisting of the legends Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson. Not surprisingly, Guy Clarke recorded brilliant versions of his own song but, probably, the definitive version is by the amazing Freddie White of Cork. Check them out on Youtube.

In the meantime, we hope you enjoy our recited version.



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