The Outlaws - Green Grass & High Tides


"Green Grass and High Tides" is a song by the Southern rock band Outlaws. It is the tenth and final track on the band's debut album, Outlaws. The song is one of their best known, and has received extensive play on album-oriented radio stations, although it was never released as a single. The song is notable for having two extended guitar solos that stretch the song to nearly 10 minutes.


Outlaws founding member Hughie Thomasson said:


''I wrote that song in Saint Augustine, Florida. We went to a cookout on the beach and everybody forgot to bring their guitars. I was standing by the ocean and there was a breeze and the words kept coming to me. It’s about all the rock stars I liked that died had come back and were playing a show just for me. Like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison. And eventually more of course''.


Hugh Edward "Hughie" Thomasson Jr. (August 13, 1952 – September 9, 2007) was an American guitarist and singer, best known as a founding member of Outlaws. The band found great success in the late 70s and early 80s with a string of hits. He was also a replacement guitarist for Lynyrd Skynyrd.


Live At The Tower Theater 1982.


Hughie Thomasson - Guitar and Vocals

Freddie Salem - Guitar and Vocals

David Dix - Drums

Rick Cua - Bass and Vocals



Lyrics


In a place you only dream of

Where your soul is always free

Silver stages, golden curtains

Filled my head, plain as can be

As a rainbow grew around the sun

All my stars of love who died

Came from somewhere beyond the scene you see

These lovely people played just for me


Now if I let you see this place

Where stories all ring true

Will you let me past your face

To see what's really you

It's not for me I ask these questions

As though I were a king

For you have to love, believe and feel

Before the burst of tambourines take you there


Green grass and high tides forever

Castles of stone souls and glory

Lost faces say we adore you

As kings and queens bow and play for you


Those who don't believe me

Find your souls and set them free

Those who do, believe and love

This time will be your key

Time and time again I've thanked them

For a piece of mind

They helped me find myself

Amongst the music and the rhyme

That enchants you there


Green grass and high tides forever

Castles of stone souls and glory

Lost faces say we adore you

As kings and queens bow and play for you

Yeah, they play just for you




Songwriters: Hughie Thomasson

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