Crusty Texan Bounces Watch The Throne From Amazon's Top MP3 Album Spot

Proving once again that old age and treachery beats youth and skill every time, grizzled Texas singer-songwriter emeritus Guy Clark has knocked Jay-Z & Kanye West's Watch the Throne from the top MP3 albums sales spot on Amazon.com.

Employing the same budget-pricing strategy that helped Lady Gaga's Born This Way sell more than 1.1 million copies its first week, most of which were priced at 99 cents through a controversial promotion, Clark's live album Songs and Stories was offered at $3.99 all day Monday, and sold enough to temporarily bounce Watch the Throne from the No. 1 position.

Rocks Off doubts that Clark, who turns 70 in two months, will sell as many copies as Gaga (or even 1/20th), or that Jay-Z and Kanye will much mind this brief interruption of their dominance. But as both of them would be the first to admit, No. 1 is No. 1.

In case any of you whippersnappers out there are wondering who the hell Guy Clark is, the former Anderson Fair regular and mentor to Steve Earle, Lyle Lovett, Nanci Griffith and Emmylou Harris (among many others) has a way with a lyric that puts Hova and Kanye to shame, and goes harder than either one. Allow us to demonstrate.

"Dublin Blues"

I wish I was in Austin

In the Chili Parlour Bar

Drinkin' Mad Dog margaritas

And not carin' where you are

But here I sit in Dublin

Just rollin' cigarettes

Holdin' back and chokin' back

The shakes with every breath

"L.A. Freeway"

And you put the pink card in the mailbox

Leave the key in the old front door lock

They will find it likely as not

I'm sure there's somethin' we have forgot

Oh Susanna, don't you cry, babe

Love's a gift that's surely handmade

We've got something to believe in

Dontcha' think it's time we're leavin'

"The Randall Knife"

My father was a good man

A lawyer by his trade

And only once did I ever see

Him misuse the blade

It almost cut his thumb off

When he took it for a tool

The knife was made for darker things

And you could not bend the rules

"Desperados Waiting For a Train"

From the time that I could walk he'd take me with him

To a bar called the Green Frog Cafe

And there was old men with beer guts and dominoes

Lyin' 'bout their lives while they'd play

"Rita Ballou"

She's a rawhide rope and velvet mixture

Walkin' talkin Texas texture

High-timin' barroom fixture kind of a girl

She's the queen of the cowboys

Look at old Willard grinnin' now boys

You'd have thought there's less fools in this world

Songs & Stories is also available at Cactus Music.

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