Not gonna think about it too much. Just wanna reflect on Good Time Charlie’s Got the Blues. Why? Cause it’s playing right now.
Always liked it (that’s why it’s on my playlist, of course). Two very tasteful guitars; the acoustic riff that underlies the verses, and the slide that adds flourishes. Subtle drums and keys give this tune a relaxing feel.
Though the lyrics are dark, the “laid-back” vocal style kind of lets us off the hook. More likely, the presentation is supposed to reflect a resignation to the need for self-medicating in the face of harsh reality. Hmmm… I’d be depressed if the dang song didn’t sound so soothing.