Great finger-picking style guitar, gravelly yet powerful vocals, and some of the best “shot through the heart” songwriting out there… the guy has it all. And if you asked your favorite artists for a list of their favorite songwriters, chances are John Moreland would be on it.
The sheer talent of John is best exemplified in this acoustic performance of “You Don’t Care For Me Enough To Cry” from the 2015 Music City Roots Live From The Factory in Franklin, Tennessee. From his 2015 album High On Tulsa Heat, it’s become the signature song of John Moreland.
This chorus of the song changes beautifully when sung each time. Just read these lyrics and try not to feel his pain.
“And I’m the kind of love it hurts to look at And maybe we should take it as a sign When I’m strung out on leaving Exalting all my demons And you don’t care for me enough to cry”
“And I’m the kind of love it hurts to look at But once I was enough to make you try Now I’m underneath the rubble Trying not to feel the trouble And you don’t care for me enough to cry”
“So here’s to hoping I can change tomorrow You wanted hard as nails cut and dry But I beg, steal, and borrow I’m so damn good at sorrow And you don’t care for me enough to cry”
Excuse me while I go cry for a few hours…
John Moreland isn’t going to break any streaming records, pump out number one singles or sell out stadiums around the country, but no one can convince me he doesn’t more talent than most of those that do…