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See Willie and Lukas Nelson's Sentimental Video for 'Just Outside of Austin'

 

One of the better track's off Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real's self-titled major label debut celebrates the Texas roots of Willie's youngest son. Titled "Just Outside of Austin," the gentle acoustic ballad's video finds a famous father and rising son celebrating the family's famous Luck, Texas ranch.

Lukas hones in impeccably on a specific time and place. Sonically-speaking, the time is 50 years ago. The song's tone and lyrics, sans the copious references to getting high, could have easily made it one of Roger Miller's more serious compositions or a hit Glen Campbell learned from Jimmy Webb. As for the place, Texas' lore as a sprawling, beautiful place to settle down and raise a family fuels Lukas' lyrics.

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Although Lukas is his own man creatively, he's never shied away from honoring his family ties. He learned to play guitar as a means to connect with a father who was always away on tour. Eventually, teenage Lukas was on the road with Willie. Now, as Lukas' hard work as a band leader starts paying off in a big way, dad remains front and center on one of the Promise of the Real's most country-sounding compositions.

"Just Outside of Austin" Lyrics

Cedar trees, the morning air, the way the dew sits on her hair
So peacefully below a Texas sky
I think I'll leave her lying there
Take a walk I don't know where
Just bathin' in the sunlight in my life

I hear the sound of windy leaves
Summer birds are gently flowing
River's creeks and pools up form the spring
The music of the water on the rocks is getting louder
As I walk towards whatever life may bring

Just outside of Austin
High as I've ever been
Just outside of Austin
I think I fell in love with you again

I went out to play the other day
The city and and it's city ways
A time and place for everything you'd say
But I just wanna sit at home
Ride my horse or write a song
A little bit of weed and I'm okay

Those nights when it's just you and me
Or maybe soon we could be three
It ain't so bad a place to raise a kid
Or maybe we should wait a while
No need to hurry nothing
I'm just saying I'd be happy of we did

Just outside of Austin
High as I've ever been
Just outside of Austin
I think I fell in love with you again

Just outside of Austin
High as I've ever been
Just outside of Austin
I think I fell in love with you again

I think I fell in love with you again

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See Willie and Lukas Nelson's Sentimental Video for 'Just Outside of Austin'