|Twig Tree c. 1985|
And while it's never been billed as a Christmas story, the story of Big Joe and Phantom 309 always struck me as one. It's the kind of ghost story you might tell at Christmas. Just listen to the lyrics. It's a story about a guy trying to get back to his home town. He's hitchhiking and gets stuck for a few days at a lonely crossroads. He's cold, wet, and probably pretty miserable but then, out of the dark cold night shines the headlights of a big rig...and it stops. The door opens and the driver, a big friendly man, welcomes this cold, wet guy into his bright, warm cab and they drive through the night sharing stories and cigarettes. And then, well, I don't want to spoil it for you but it all feels pretty darn Christmas-ee to me.