Not all songs reach across genres, not all songs lives outside themselves. Not every song is limitless. However, a good song always does and always is.

Good songs never die. A good song forces its listener, every person who hears it, to feel something. Sad, mad, happy. Melancholy, daft, overjoyed. And good music just does this, it certainly doesn't ask for permission first, and it sure as hell doesn't announce itself.

A good song doesn't need a parade. A good song doesn't ask for a parade. But good songs tend to get them.

A good song is a knowing nod between friends, or even strangers. It's a "Hey, I see you over there," shared glance. It doesn't have to be sold - it gets shared. It's something you and me, and everyone want to be a part of. It instills pride.

"I wanted a song on the album to capture that awkward stage in every young boy's life where they are searching for their place in the world," says Simpson. "One night while discussing the album with my wife, she asked, 'Well, what were you listening to when you were 13?' I remember in seventh or eighth grade, when [Nevermind] dropped, it was like a bomb went off in my bedroom. For me, that song has always summed up what it means to be a teenager, and I think it tells a young boy that he can be sensitive and compassionate — he doesn't have to be tough or cold to be a man."

Sturgill Simpson's new album A Sailor's Guide To Earth will be out April 15th. His 2014 album, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, is available now. You should own it.

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