Songs for the apocalypse: Jackson Browne “Late For the Sky”

On rare occasions when I used to review albums for AUK I’d think “this is a 10” but before long a creeping thought would always enter my mind – that whatever record it was, it wasn’t as good as Jackson Browne’s ‘Late For the Sky’.  Jackson Browne described the song as being “about a moment when you realize that something has changed, it’s over, and you’re late for wherever you’re going to be next.” So not just about missing a plane, and it has aged not one jot in 46 years. Thank the lucky stars that a songwriter like JB is still around.

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Author: Mark Whitfield

Mark Whitfield has been the Editor of Americana UK for the last 19 years and still feels like this is his pretend job, mainly because it is.

2 thoughts on “Songs for the apocalypse: Jackson Browne “Late For the Sky””

  1. Mark,
    I don’t think that we have met. I attend a load of AMA/UK events and have a lot of friends that I am sure you will know.
    I just want to say how much I enjoyed this article given that it mirrors my exact sentiments. I have seen JB countless times since I first saw him in Glasgow in 1976 (support act – Warren Zevon.)
    His songs have helped me through some of the most difficult periods in my life. I’m Alive got me through a painful divorce.
    I always return to Late For The Sky, however. Along with Dylan’s Blood On The Tracks it is without doubt head and shoulders above any other piece of recorded work


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