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The Secret Meaning of Van Zandt’s “Mr. Mudd and Mr. Gold”

It’s not about men playing cards

Man in a tuxedo in a dark room surrounded by playing cards flying through the air with a light shining over one shoulder
Image by Thomas Wolter

Early in his career, Steve Earle was playing in a club called the Old Quarter in Galveston, Texas, to a “crowd” of about four people, when in walks his hero, Townes Van Zandt, who proceeds to sit directly in front of him. And in between every song, he would shout, “Play ‘The Wabash Cannonball’!”




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