RICHARD HAWLEY – Born Under A Bad Sign (CD & 7″ Single)

Born Under A Bad Sign CoverMute CDMUTE362 / MUTE362: 20th March 2006
1. Born Under A Bad Sign (Single Version)
“You’re laying in the afterglow and there’s something that she wants to know”
2. Dark Road
“My companion is the stars”
3. I’m Just Here To Get My Baby Out Of Jail
“I’m not in your town to stay, said the lady old and gray”

‘Born Under A Bad Sign’ is one of the highlights of Richard Hawley’s brilliant ‘Coles Corner’ album.  This single version however is awful.  I’ve compared the two versions and they aren’t actually that different.  It’s amazing how a whole songs atmosphere can be destroyed with some upbeat drums.  Lethargic and wistful lines like “Sleeping late in the afternoon, playing your guitar” seem absurd when coupled with this new bouncy backing.

Fortunately, as usual with the singles lifted from ‘Coles Corner’ it’s accompanied by brilliant b-sides.  ‘Dark Road’ is a country flavoured song that describes sleeping out beneath the stars.  Although not explicit in the lyrics, to me it conjures up images of the old west at midnight

‘I’m Just Here To Get My Baby Out Of Jail’ is a cover of an old Karl Davis & Harty Taylor song.  It tells the story of a broken and dying mother making one last attempt to set her son straight.  Any Johnny Cash fans still in mourning may find the man in black reborn in this song.  Forget the A-Side, buy the 7″ for this B-Side.  Judging by this, a dark and brooding country album could be the next step for Mr Hawley.

The Nights Are Cold
I’m On Nights
It’s Over Love
Darlin’
Precious Sight

Richard Hawley’s Website

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