"That comparison (to Blood on the Tracks) has been mentioned, but it's not as obtuse or abstract," Forbert suggests. "It's pretty direct language. It's funny that people talk about Blood on the Tracks, but a song like 'Buckets of Rain' is pretty positive really. It's a sweet love song. And 'You're Going to Make Me Lonesome When You Go' is the same way. But my album has some love songs that are pretty positive as well. 'All I Asked of You' is pretty positive, but it's also an attempt at reconciliation. It's kind of a last straw."
Nevertheless, Forbert readily admits that many of the lyrics are actually inspired by experience. "Well, yeah, to a pretty great degree," he says. "You're just working off inspiration. 'Over With You' and 'Can't We Get Together' are real life songs. I don't know that I've added anything at all to the field of break-up songs. Romance is a popular subject. You just have to write about what you know. I'm wired that way, to make a song out of my experiences. It's not obtuse. You don't have to see the play to understand what the songs are trying to say."
Steve Forbert and special guest Carrie Rodriguez perform at 8:30 p.m. at the Bamboo Room, 25 South J Street, Lake Worth. Tickets cost $15 and $20. Call 561-585-BLUE.