From the back cover:
“When I think of Earle’s remarkable career and splendid body of work, I remember the famous Woody Guthrie quote about music and songwriting, where he says,
“I am out to sing songs that will prove to you that this is your world and that if it has hit you pretty hard and knocked you for a dozen loops, no matter what color, what size you are, how you are built, I am out to sing the songs that make you take pride in yourself and in your work.”
Here in this book you hold the beautiful evidence of a life devoted to healing, and devoted to healing through music, most of all. Reading Earle’s song lyrics, with his autobiographical commentaries, full of compassion for the underdog, full of friendly humility, full of a love for life that never elides life’s hardships, I think, what document could possibly exist that better exemplifies and illuminates what Woody meant?
I’m proud to know Earle, proud to share his songwriting values, proud to be part of the tradition that he represents with such skilful craft and unwavering commitment to beauty, real beauty.
Open this book! Learn the songs! Enjoy it, and most of all, take inspiration from it to make more healing beauty of your own.”
— Vancouver writer, accordionist, activist Geoff Berner”