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Psalm/Psong for April 6 – “I Want to Be with You Always” by The Majestic Silver Strings, with Patty Griffin

Yes, I’ve already covered the album by Buddy Miller’s Majestic Silver Strings in my Psalm/Psong cycle. However, this track features a different singer (the awesome Patty Griffin), so technically…oh never mind.

If you haven’t bought this record yet, you best do so. The studio version of this Lefty Frizzell classic psong is better than any live version I could find, although you don’t get to see Buddy’s antics. Life is all about trade-offs that way.

This video makes me want to learn how to play the accordion. And what better time to learn to play the accordion than when we still have two kids at home?! Might as well max out the embarrassment factor: if the fact that I’m alive doesn’t embarrass them, my accordion playing DEFINITELY will.

Lyrics for “I Want to Be with You Always”:

I lose my blues, honey, when I’m with you
No one else can do what you do
You’re in my heart to stay
And when I’m gone, and I’m all alone
I’ll be singing this song
I want to be with you, always.

I’d be happy, dear
If you could only be here
And always be near
Forever and a day
Then we’d travel far
To some big, shinin’ star
Just you and my guitar
And stay there sweethearts for always.

I hope you feel the same
You really want my name
You’ll be the one who’s to blame
If it works out wrong that day
‘Cause my love is true
My love is only for you
I’ll never be blue
If I can be with you, always.

“That’s the Way Love Goes” — Shawn Colvin with Buddy Miller

Buddy Miller and some of his other silver-haired guitar-playing buddies (Bill Frisell, Greg Leisz, and Marc Ribot) formed a band, brought in some great guest singers (including Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin, Patty Griffin, and Lee Ann Womack), and made a record that is a complete knockout, if you like this sort of music.

I read somewhere that they were trying to figure out what to call themselves and Patty Griffin looked around the room at the four of them and said something like, “How about the Silver Majestics?” They ended up as The Majestic Silver Strings, and they essentially recorded the album live in Buddy Miller’s home studio.

I could have picked any number of tunes off the album, but for our Psalm/Psong purposes, the frontrunner ended up being Shawn Colvin’s cover of Lefty Frizzell’s classic tune “That’s the Way Love Goes.” If ears were popcorn, Colvin’s voice would be melted butter. I’ve seen her in concert where she has sung this song without such an extraordinary band behind her, and she still nails it. The Majestics give it an added dimension of Wow-ness. The video isn’t with the same backup band, but it’s close enough. Listen. Wow. Repeat as necessary.