Guy Clark and Emmylou Harris on "If I Needed You"
Guy Clark and Emmylou Harris discuss "If I Needed You."
- He got up one morning
and came in the kitchen
he was always staying
with me and Suzanna, living with us
and he got up one morning and came in,
piece of paper and a guitar
and he sat down and had some coffee
and just put the paper on his leg.
Played this song and he said,
"Man, I wrote it my sleep you know
I just would doze off
and I'd roll over
and kinda get up on one elbow
and write some more of it",
and he says, "this is it."
Just sang it all the way through
and it was, "If I Needed You."
- "If I Needed You", is a,
there's a certain elegance.
There's a certain old-fashioned elegance
to the lyrics but the simplicity
of that pledge to someone,
it's something deep in us
that I would do this for you.
It's a leap of faith.
It's another one of those sort of timeless songs
that you never get tired of
because the message is so beautiful.
- And in the song,
he wrote in the song,
"Loop and Lil agree, she's a sight to see.
A treasure for the poor to find."
Well Loop and Lil were his parakeets
that he bought in New York City
and brought back to Nashville on a plane.
He had 'em on the inside pockets
of his jacket, his sports jacket
and I went to pick him up at the airport
and he was walking down the concourse there
and the closer I got
to him his sport coat was going
like this, you know.
I said, "Townes, what's wrong with your coat?"
He said, "Oh man, that's my carryin' case
for Loop and Lil, I got these parakeets."