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The Night I Saw Willie Play

from 3 7 77 by Aran Buzzas

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It was a muggy August night when Willie came to town;
Lightning flashed through purple clouds, and an osprey flew around.
The cowboys, punks and hippies all had gathered at the site;
I can't say that I'm too surprised but I'll never forget that night.

The legend loomed large in my mind as we waited patiently;
Remembering myself in the basement raiding my parents old LPs.
Much more than a singer even then I realized,
If it was up to me we'd give ol' Willie the Nobel Prize.

There were all different kinds of people there,
And a familiar pungent aroma filled the air;
I'll tell the children all about it one day,
The night that I saw Willie play.

“Whiskey River” started the set like is has for forty years;
And I didn't know how lucky I was to see him with Bee Spears.
He may be past his prime but the man still sounded great,
I hope I'm that good at anything when I reach seventy-eight.

Singers come and singers go, just a handful stick around;
The impact that show had on my life was certainly profound.
That honky tonkin' heritage sure makes me feel proud,
To strum and sing my lonesome songs for the nightlife crowd.


from 3 7 77, released May 16, 2013


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Aran Buzzas Missoula, montana

Aran Buzzas is a singer/songwriter from Missoula, MT who plays homegrown Montana folky tonk! Traditional and outlaw country sounds are mixed with a dash of Irish folk music in Aran's songs, which deal with real-life themes in an entertaining and relate-able way, often with a regional back-drop, and characterized by aggressive rhythm guitar, strong vocals, and lyrics both amusing and heart-felt. ... more

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