Guy Clark: 12 Essential Songs

From iconic gunfighter anthems to vulnerable proclamations of love

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"She Ain't Goin' Nowhere"

A restless woman hits the highway in this ballad from Clark's Old No. 1. There's no motivation or destination mentioned, just a need to get the hell out of dodge. Emmylou Harris sings harmonies on the song's original recording, which hit stores the same year as her own career-launcher, Pieces of the Sky. What's most striking about "She Ain't Goin' Nowhere," though, isn't the personnel as much as the strength of Clark's hitchhiker, a determined deserter who's smart enough to avoid the dangers of the road. "She had a way of her own," Clark sings by way of warning, "like prisoners have a way with a file." 

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