The story goes that Emmylou Harris was sitting in an airport starring reflectively beyond the large, grubby windows at an American Airlines plane readying for take-off. Heavy rain was pelting the shiny, metal wings, which beamed brightly through the grey morning. As the silver bird taxied up the runway, turned, and climbed weightlessly into the heavy clouds, wings drooped back like some grievous angel. Emmylou sat back and stared out the window as the jet disappeared into the clouds in a matter of seconds. Her albums recently had all started to climb the charts as quickly as that DC-10 had done. Elite Hotel was there for over fifty weeks. She had become the bonafide star Gram Parsons, in his short life, had never become.
But she had not forgotten him. She would never forget him. Just listen to the albums. He is there, climbing the charts with her.
Emmylou wrote the “Tulsa Queen,” a train song of her own composition that just might bring tears to your eyes. It is no mistake that it is also about her close friend Gram Parsons:
Lately I speak your name too loud
Each time it comes up in a crowd
And I know that when I do
The Tulsa Queen and you
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