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Pat Green carries on about songs he wish he'd written

By Clarissa Sansone, January 2001

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"We're both kind of leaders, and I don't think it'd be a good idea to have two cooks in the kitchen," Morrow says.

Greens seconds the observation, saying, "I'm really a kind of a loner when it comes to writing."

One exception to this rule is Green's work with songwriter Walt Wilkins. Green's brother (he has, incidentally, four of them and five sisters) knew Wilkins when both were students at the University of Texas. When Green was introduced to Wilkins, "it was instant friendship," he says, adding that their joint efforts "seemed like successful writing."

"There's not many other people I like to write with," Green admits. On "Carry On," Green co-wrote the title track with Wilkins, and does a cover of Wilkins' song "Ruby's Two Sad Daughters." In his liner notes to the album, Green calls it "the best song I have heard in a long time."

Green's deference to his songwriting predecessors, apparent in his liner notes, his songs and in the release of "Songs We Wish We'd Written," is admirable as well as shrewd. Although he would like to aspire to be a Walt Wilkins or a Guy Clark, "I would be lying if I said I didn't want that kind of ability," Green says.

But he enjoys the journey nonetheless. "I really don't have a plan or a desire to be a major superstar," he says; he admits to simply enjoying what he's doing.

This easygoing patience plays into his thoughts on signing with a major label as well.

"Nashville is a great organization…for producing hits and singers, but it's not necessarily my way of doing things," says Green, who wants to build on his already substantial success. His albums have sold over 100,000 copies across the country, so that, should he decide on a major label deal, he can maintain some creative autonomy.

Any "quicker route to success," in his opinion, is akin to "selling your soul." "I would love to sign in Nashville or LA or New York or wherever, as long as it's the right deal," he emphasizes.

In the meantime, Green seems happy to be where he is, among a host of talented songwriters. Why does Texas breed such noteworthy talent? To Green, "there's just a sense of self here. People have an attitude…(that) they love where they're from."

For him, a firm sense of place makes for good songwriting. Halfway through the interview, Green laughs and says, "Am I selling you on this bullshit?"

Then he states the obvious: "I love playin' music for a living."

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