Guy Clark: 12 Essential Songs

From iconic gunfighter anthems to vulnerable proclamations of love

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"That Old Time Feeling"

What is that "old time feeling" of the title, exactly? Clark doesn't give any easy answers, but teases out the sensation with a series of breathtaking couplets. "And that old time feeling goes sneakin' down the hall / like an old gray cat in winter, keepin' close to the wall," and then, later, it's circling the block "like old women with no children, holdin' hands with the clock." Originally released on Clark's influential Old No. 1 album, "That Old Time Feeling" waltzes through four-and-a-half taut verses (with Emmylou Harris adding the occasional harmony) describing mortality and loss, and the inevitability of both of those things — not as literal scenes of death, but of their specters hovering nearby.

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