While cleaning up around the house this weekend, I found a magazine I’ve been looking for, for months! It’s the Winter 2002 issue of Texas Music, which contained their list of “Ten Great Love Songs” (By Texans. Of course). And there, along with songs from Buddy Holly, Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, Lefty Frizell, and Ray Price, was one from your Old 97’s.
The boys were lauded for one of my two favorite tracks off Satellite Rides, “Bird In A Cage.” Says the mag:
6) “BIRD IN A CAGE” BY OLD 97’S – For some, marriage or committed, monogamous relationships are seen as traps, leading to phrases like “ball and chain,” “kept man,” etc. Dallas’ alt-country act turned power-poppers Old 97’s offers up a refreshingly alternate point of view: “I may be a bird in a cage / but at least it’s your cage.” Equally refreshing: it’s a besotted love song that rocks.