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Guy Clark


Guy Charles Clark (November 6, 1941 - May 17, 2016)[1] was a Grammy Award winning American Texas Country and folk singer, musician, songwriter, recording artist, and performer. He has released more than twenty albums, and his songs have been recorded by other artists including Jerry Jeff Walker, Jimmy Buffett, Lyle Lovett, Ricky Skaggs, Steve Wariner, and Rodney Crowell. Guy Clark won the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Folk Album: My Favorite Picture Of You.

Clark was born in Monahans, Texas and eventually settled in Nashville, where he helped create the progressive country and outlaw country genres. His songs "L.A. Freeway" and "Desperados Waiting for a Train" that helped launch his career were covered by numerous performers.

He was an accomplished luthier and often played his own guitars. He achieved success as a songwriter with Jerry Jeff Walker’s recordings of "L.A. Freeway" and "Desperados Waiting For A Train". Artists such as Johnny Cash, David Allan Coe, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Steve Wariner, Brad Paisley, John Denver, Alan Jackson, Rodney Crowell, The Highwaymen, and Kenny Chesney have recorded Clark’s songs. Emmylou Harris has accompanied him on several recordings, particularly his own version of "Desperados Waiting For A Train" on his first album, Old No. 1, released in 1975. Clark is frequently referred to as "The Fifth Highwayman".
Clark has been a mentor to such other singers as Steve Earle and Rodney Crowell. He organized Earle's first job as a writer in Nashville. In the 1970s, the Clarks' home in Nashville was an open house for songwriters and musicians and it features in the documentary Heartworn Highways, an evocation of the songwriter scene in Nashville at that time. (Snapper/Catfish, 1981/2003, with Townes Van Zandt, David Allan Coe, and Steve Earle). Numerous artists have charted with Clark-penned tunes. In 1982, Bobby Bare made it to the Country Top Twenty with Clark’s "New Cut Road". That same year, bluegrass leader Ricky Skaggs hit No. 1 with Clark’s "Heartbroke", a song that permanently established his reputation as an ingenious songwriter. Among the many others who have covered Clark's songs are Vince Gill, who took "Oklahoma Borderline" to the Top Ten in 1985; The Highwaymen, who introduced "Desperados Waiting For A Train" to a new generation that same year; and John Conlee, whose interpretation of “The Carpenter” rode into the Top Ten in 1987.
Steve Wariner took his cover of Clark's "Baby I’m Yours" to No. 1 in 1988; Asleep at the Wheel charted with Clark's "Blowin’ Like a Bandit" the same year. Crowell was Clark’s co-writer on "She’s Crazy for Leavin’", which in 1989 became the third of five straight #l hits for Crowell. Brad Paisley and Alan Jackson cover Clark’s "Out in the Parkin' Lot," co-written with Darrell Scott, on Paisley's Time Well Wasted CD. Jimmy Buffett has covered Clark’s "Boats to Build" and "Cinco de Mayo in Memphis". Clark credits Townes Van Zandt as being a major influence on his songwriting. They were best friends for many years until Van Zandt's death in 1997, and since then Clark has included one of Van Zandt's compositions on most of his albums. In 1995, he recorded a live album with Van Zandt and Steve Earle, Together at the Bluebird Cafe, which was released in October 2001. Other live material can be found on his album Keepers.
In 2006 Clark released Workbench Songs. The album was nominated for "Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album" at the Grammy Awards. He also toured with Lyle Lovett, Joe Ely, and John Hiatt in 2004, 2005 and 2007.
In May 2008, Clark canceled four concerts after breaking his leg. After two months on crutches, he began to perform again on July 4 at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC where he appeared with Verlon Thompson. On June 20, 2009, Clark announced a new album entitled "Somedays the Song Writes You" which was released on September 22, 2009. It features originals along with a Townes Van Zandt song entitled "If I Needed You".
In December 2011 This One's For Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark (a two-CD set) was released by Icehouse Music.

Guy Clark won the Grammy Award for Best Folk Album in 2014 for My Favorite Picture of You.

On May 17, 2016, Clark's death was announced on his Facebook page.

Clark was married to songwriter and artist, Susanna Clark from 1972 through her death from cancer on June 27, 2012.



Song lyric L.A. Freeway L.A. FREEWAY Guy Clark
Song lyric Rita Ballou RITA BALLOU Guy Clark
Song lyric Let Him Roll LET HIM ROLL Guy Clark
Song lyric Texas Cookin' TEXAS COOKIN' Guy Clark
Song lyric Texas 1947 TEXAS 1947 Guy Clark
Song lyric Anyhow, I Love You ANYHOW, I LOVE YOU Guy Clark
Song lyric Instant Coffee Blues INSTANT COFFEE BLUES Guy Clark
Song lyric Dublin Blues DUBLIN BLUES Guy Clark
Song lyric Broken Hearted People BROKEN HEARTED PEOPLE Guy Clark
Song lyric Black Haired Boy BLACK HAIRED BOY Guy Clark
Song lyric Homegrown Tomatoes HOMEGROWN TOMATOES Guy Clark
Song lyric Virginia's Real VIRGINIA'S REAL Guy Clark
Song lyric Stuff That Works STUFF THAT WORKS Guy Clark
Song lyric To Live Is To Fly TO LIVE IS TO FLY Guy Clark
Song lyric Immigrant Eyes IMMIGRANT EYES Guy Clark
Song lyric South Coast Of Texas SOUTH COAST OF TEXAS Guy Clark
Song lyric Fools for Each Other FOOLS FOR EACH OTHER Guy Clark
Song lyric Magdalene MAGDALENE Guy Clark
Song lyric Desperadoes Waiting For A Train DESPERADOES WAITING FOR A TRAIN Guy Clark
Song lyric The Randall Knife THE RANDALL KNIFE Guy Clark
Song lyric Come From The Heart COME FROM THE HEART Guy Clark
Song lyric Sis Draper SIS DRAPER Guy Clark
Song lyric Better Days BETTER DAYS Guy Clark
Song lyric Out In The Parkin' Lot OUT IN THE PARKIN' LOT Guy Clark
Song lyric Fort Worth Blues FORT WORTH BLUES Guy Clark
Song lyric Out In The Parking Lot OUT IN THE PARKING LOT Guy Clark
Song lyric Cold Dog Soup COLD DOG SOUP Guy Clark
Song lyric Ain't No Trouble To Me AIN'T NO TROUBLE TO ME Guy Clark
Song lyric All Through Throwin' Good Love After Bad ALL THROUGH THROWIN' GOOD LOVE AFTER BAD Guy Clark
Song lyric Analog Girl ANALOG GIRL Guy Clark
Song lyric Baby Took A Limo To Memphis BABY TOOK A LIMO TO MEMPHIS Guy Clark
Song lyric Bag of Bones BAG OF BONES Guy Clark
Song lyric Ballad of Laverne and Captain Flint BALLAD OF LAVERNE AND CAPTAIN FLINT Guy Clark
Song lyric Baton Rouge BATON ROUGE Guy Clark
Song lyric Be Gone Forever BE GONE FOREVER Guy Clark
Song lyric Black Diamond Strings BLACK DIAMOND STRINGS Guy Clark
Song lyric Boats To Build BOATS TO BUILD Guy Clark
Song lyric Bunkhouse Blues BUNKHOUSE BLUES Guy Clark
Song lyric Cape CAPE Guy Clark
Song lyric Cinco De Mayo In Memphis CINCO DE MAYO IN MEMPHIS Guy Clark
Song lyric Desperados Waiting for a Train DESPERADOS WAITING FOR A TRAIN Guy Clark
Song lyric Diamond Joe DIAMOND JOE Guy Clark
Song lyric Die Tryin' DIE TRYIN' Guy Clark
Song lyric Doctor Good Doctor DOCTOR GOOD DOCTOR Guy Clark
Song lyric Expose EXPOSE Guy Clark
Song lyric Forever, For Always, For Certain FOREVER, FOR ALWAYS, FOR CERTAIN Guy Clark
Song lyric Hands HANDS Guy Clark
Song lyric Hangin' Your Life on the Wall HANGIN' YOUR LIFE ON THE WALL Guy Clark
Song lyric Hank Williams Said It Best HANK WILLIAMS SAID IT BEST Guy Clark
Song lyric Heartbroke HEARTBROKE Guy Clark
Song lyric Heavy Metal HEAVY METAL Guy Clark
Song lyric How'd You Get This Number HOW'D YOU GET THIS NUMBER Guy Clark
Song lyric I Don't Love You Much Do I I DON'T LOVE YOU MUCH DO I Guy Clark
Song lyric Indian Head Penny INDIAN HEAD PENNY Guy Clark
Song lyric Jack Of All Trades JACK OF ALL TRADES Guy Clark
Song lyric Last Gunfighter Ballad LAST GUNFIGHTER BALLAD Guy Clark
Song lyric Like a Coat from the Cold LIKE A COAT FROM THE COLD Guy Clark
Song lyric Little of Both LITTLE OF BOTH Guy Clark
Song lyric Me I'm Feelin' the Same ME I'M FEELIN' THE SAME Guy Clark
Song lyric Men Will Be Boys MEN WILL BE BOYS Guy Clark
Song lyric Must Be My Baby MUST BE MY BABY Guy Clark
Song lyric Nickel for the Fiddler NICKEL FOR THE FIDDLER Guy Clark
Song lyric Old Friends OLD FRIENDS Guy Clark
Song lyric Picasso's Mandolin PICASSO'S MANDOLIN Guy Clark
Song lyric Ramblin' Jack And Mahan RAMBLIN' JACK AND MAHAN Guy Clark
Song lyric Red River RED RIVER Guy Clark
Song lyric She Ain't Goin' Nowhere SHE AIN'T GOIN' NOWHERE Guy Clark
Song lyric Shut Up And Talk To Me SHUT UP AND TALK TO ME Guy Clark
Song lyric That Old Time Feelin' THAT OLD TIME FEELIN' Guy Clark
Song lyric The Ballad of Laverne and Captain Flint THE BALLAD OF LAVERNE AND CAPTAIN FLINT Guy Clark
Song lyric The Cape THE CAPE Guy Clark
Song lyric The High Price of Inspiration THE HIGH PRICE OF INSPIRATION Guy Clark
Song lyric The Indian Cowboy THE INDIAN COWBOY Guy Clark
Song lyric Too Much TOO MUCH Guy Clark
Song lyric Tornado Time In Texas TORNADO TIME IN TEXAS Guy Clark
Song lyric Tryin' To Try TRYIN' TO TRY Guy Clark
Song lyric Walkin' Man WALKIN' MAN Guy Clark
Song lyric Water Under The Bridge WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Guy Clark
Song lyric Watermelon Dream WATERMELON DREAM Guy Clark