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Editors’ Notes

“If I Had a Boat,” the opening song on Lyle Lovett’s 1987 sophomore album, Pontiac, shows what makes Lovett so good at writing songs about things no one else would think of to begin with. A daydream about Roy Rogers atop his horse in the middle of the ocean becomes a song about man’s desire for autonomy and infinite space. An image of a New Jersey woman running barefoot at night becomes the penultimate portrayal of the rodeo life (“Walk Through the Bottomland”). A casual glance at the TV Guide becomes a living memory of the old flame you never forgot (“Black and Blue”). The other element of Lovett’s art is his undying belief in the importance of nonsense, as passed down to him through canonical Texan songwriters like Jimmie Rodgers and Bob Wills. While some of his peers tended to overwrite songs, Lovett was happy to take a break from poetic songcraft to find the poetry in the spell-it-out songwriting of “M-O-N-E-Y” and “She’s Hot to Go,” which has a refrain as whimsically vulgar as anything a rap star could summon.

Customer Reviews

Great album!

I only have the cassette and my dad has asked me if I have any of the songs on a CD and this is definitely worth buying!


Does anyone remember the impact this record had when it came out? I'll always love and respect Tony Brown for making great records with great songwriters. It wasn't all about the money okay? This was a better direction for country music and I'm sickened by what the mainstream has become. And I don't believe I'm alone in that opinion.


Born: November 1, 1957 in Klein, TX

Genre: Country

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Lyle Lovett was one of the most distinctive and original singer/songwriters to emerge during the '80s. Though he was initially labeled as a country singer, the tag never quite fit him. Lovett had more in common with '70s singer/songwriters like Guy Clark, Jesse Winchester, Randy Newman, and Townes Van Zandt, combining a talent for incisive, witty lyrical detail with an eclectic array of music, ranging from country and folk to big-band swing and traditional pop. Lovett's literate, multi-layered songs...
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