HomeCountryBlaze Foley: “Clay Pigeons” Carl August 24, 2012 Country 4 Comments I believe, but am not certain, that I first heard this great Blaze Foley song at the site Crooks and Liars. In any case, it made a deep impression. I Googled Foley and found out that he was an eccentric who was killed in Austin in 1989. Here is a bit from the Wikipedia entry: Foley placed duct tape on the tips of his cowboy boots to mock the “Urban Cowboy” crazed folks with their silver tipped cowboy boots. He later made a suit out of duct tape that he used to walk around in. At his funeral, his casket was coated with duct tape by his friends.Townes Van Zandt was quoted as saying that “he’d have to dig Foley up to get the pawn ticket for his guitar that was in his pocket”. Here is Merle Haggard’s version of If Only I Could Fly and John Hiatt, Lyle Lovett, Guy Clark and Joe Ely doing My Baby Don’t Tolerate on, appropriately, Austin City Limits. Here is an interesting six minute documentary about Foley, a site that links to other sites about him and three songs: Oval Room, an unnamed tune performed with Townes Van Zandt and Small Town Hero. 4 Responses Soul of Wit August 25, 2012 This is worthy of sharing with my “too hip to stand up” brother-in-law. Trust me, that’s high praise. Reply Gerry Hubbard December 26, 2014 This song was written by John Prine…. Reply Carl December 26, 2014 Hi Gerry…thanks for the comment. Wikipedia and other sources credit Foley with the song and say that Prine covered it. Whoever wrote it, it’s brilliant. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.