1. Texas Is Mine

From the recording Texas Is Mine

A few years back my father asked me if I wanted to keep the my spot in the family cemetery plot near Eula, Texas. My great grandparents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins are buried there. Personally , I think I want to be cremated, but I like the idea of a spot where you can go and wonder at families and their complicated lives.
When I was a teenager with a driver's license, I would go there and sit beneath the thin mesquite trees. The cemetery is on a hill. There are snakes and lizards and a few horny toads, or at least there used to be. Plastic flowers and parched grass and enough stories to fill a universe. I found it peaceful and went there often to sort out things. I didn't drink or do drugs. I just sat there and listened to the wind in the trees and the cicadas and somehow things always seemed clearer -- more in perspective -- when I drove back down the hill.