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Today's 12 O'Clock Track is the Clark version of the track from his 1975 debut album, Old No. 1. It features his gentle, slightly cracked croon and soft acoustic melodies, both perfect for a back porch in the dusk of summer. Clark uses each verse of "L.A. Freeway" to remind himself why he's leaving for greener pastures, casually working through the stark checklist of what needs to come with him. It's only when the chorus rolls in that the song gains its urgency: "If I can just get off of this L.A. freeway without getting killed or caught / I'll be down a road in a cloud of smoke to some land I ain't bought."
Time for a vacation, y'all.