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‘Jolene’, by Ray LaMontagne: great song this, I think, it’s the music playing as the end-credits roll on Ben Affleck’s wonderful movie ‘The Town’ (2010), which I watched again this weekend. What it says about me that I like (and am moved by) a song such as this I’m not sure (nothing too good, I fear). Had not heard this track before I saw the movie, nor of Ray LaMontagne, who writes like he’s Gordon Lightfoot reincarnated:

Cocaine flame in my bloodstream
Sold my coat when I hit Spokane
Bought myself a hard pack of cigarettes in the early morning rain
Lately my hands they don’t feel like mine
My eyes been stung with dust and blind
Held you in my arms one time
Lost you just the same
Jolene
I ain’t about to go straight
It’s too late
I found myself face down in a ditch
Booze in my hair
Blood in my lips
A picture of you holding a picture of me
In the pocket of my blue jeans
Still don’t know what love means
Still don’t know what love means
Jolene
Been so long since I seen your face
Or felt a part of this human race
I’ve been living out of this here suitcase for way too long
A man needs something he can hold onto
A nine pound hammer or a woman like you
Either one of them things will do
Jolene
I ain’t about to go straight
It’s too late
I found myself face down in a ditch
Booze in my hair
Blood on my lips
A picture of you holding a picture of me
In the pocket of my blue jeans
Still don’t know what love means
Still don’t know what love means
Jolene
Jolene
Jolene

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