I hadn’t heard this song for a while, but it popped up on my player and I can’t get it out of my head now – Gram Parsons’ “A Song For You”.
He may know what the song is about, but for me those lyrics have always been more about a general sense of longing and loss than anything more specific. What really kills me about the song, though, is the poignancy of his vocals. Parsons’ life was like something out of a Southern Gothic novel, and you can feel the pain and his inability to deal with life leaking out of every line he delivers.
When Emmylou Harris joins in, it sounds like how I imagine the angels harmonize. Sadness has never been delivered more beautifully.