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Country Rewind: Charlie Robison Tells a Surreal Story About 'New Year's Day'

Of the handful of songs titled "New Year's Day," U2 and Taylor Swift's tracks might've gotten the most attention, but Charlie Robison told the best story in 2004 with his tale of a heavy drinker's surreal trip South of the border.

Robison's song appears on the Dualtone album Good Times, which also includes "Love Means Never Having to Say You're Hungry," "El Cerrito Place," a cover of Terry Allen's "Flatland Boogie" and other must-hear recordings from a member of an influential family in Texas country music history.

Robison, the ex-husband of the Dixie Chicks' Emily Strayer and the inspiration behind "Cowboy Take Me Away," wrapped up his career in 2018. Last year, Robison announced his retirement from music due to complications from a surgical procedure he underwent.

"New Year's Day" Lyrics

I woke up early Sunday morning, had myself a piece of toast
Had fifty dollars in my pocket, gonna chase myself a ghost
Went down Camino Espinoza, gonna get me a divorce
Gonna split with all my money, see that girl who loves a horse

It's New Year's Day here on the border, and it's always been this way
I never do the things I oughta, think I'll stay, it's New Year's Day

I met them boys there from O'Conner, cowboy like you never seen
They're up for anything you want to, live on steak and refried beans
They bought up half of southern Texas, it's why they act the way they do
When them boys meet me in Laredo, they think they own Laredo too

(Repeat Chorus)

I know a girl here in Laredo, her name's Pussy Willow Rose
She got that ring around the collar, got that ring stuck through her nose
She works there at the Dallas Cowboys, but she's got no in between
Like all them other boys in dresses, they ain't every Cowboys dream

It's New Year's Day here on the border, and it's always been this way
I never do the things I oughta, think I'll stay, it's New Year's Day
It's New Year's Day here on the border, and it's always been this way
I never do the things I oughta, think I'll stay, it's New Year's Day 

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