Guy Clark: 12 Essential Songs

From iconic gunfighter anthems to vulnerable proclamations of love

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"Homegrown Tomatoes"

There are few songwriters in existence who can sing about something as simple as bacon, lettuce and tomatoes and make it sound truly poignant, not silly — and, certainly, Guy Clark was one of them. Off of his fifth studio album, Better Days, "Homegrown Tomatoes" is a sweet and simple tribute to life's quieter moments, and to the things often lost in an increasingly fast-paced world. It was also one of the few self-recorded Clark songs to make any chart impact, and was later covered by John Denver on his 1988 LP Higher Ground. "Only two things that money can't buy," he sang, "that's true love and homegrown tomatoes." As usual, he was right.

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