Gram Parsons

It was forty or fifty years ago

A big shot played with time

Mister Walker held the door

And both kept Cord and line

Watched and checked on every single day

Building his own special cars

His very special way

Ooh! The new soft shoe

Ooh! The new soft shoe

And then walking through a southern road

I saw a shoeshine stand

A man was talking to a crowd

Holding slippers in his hands

Don't you know the same thing happens

Each and every day?

Did you ever hear a song

That's hard to even play?

Ooh! The new soft shoe

Ooh! The new soft shoe

Guitar solo

Fiddle solo

Then a color TV broadcast

Snuck from New Orleans

Showed me one more man who spoke

and wore bright blue and green

When you saw him talk his way

Was when he showed his claws

And spoke to people every day

Just to get applause

Ooh! The new soft shoe

Ooh! The new soft shoe


Gram Parsons (November 5, 1946 – September 19, 1973) was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist born Ingram Cecil Connor, III. A solo artist as well as a member of The International Submarine Band, The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers, he is best known for a series of recordings which anticipate the country rock of the 1970s and the alt-country movement that began in the 80s. Parsons was a close friend of Keith Richards and is also credited for turning the Rolling Stones onto country music in their 'Let it Bleed'-era. ... Read More