The Playlist: Trail of Tears

Gov. Perry and DPS Director Steve McCraw, speak to media following a tour to a federal facility housing unaccompanied alien children in Weslaco, Texas June 23rd, 2014. The state is providing $1.3 million per week to commence surge operations to help combat crime along the border.
Gov. Perry and DPS Director Steve McCraw, speak to media following a tour to a federal facility housing unaccompanied alien children in Weslaco, Texas June 23rd, 2014. The state is providing $1.3 million per week to commence surge operations to help combat crime along the border.

After Gov. Rick Perry warned of a "trail of tears" from Central America this week, we decided to start our Texas news-inspired playlist with "Trail of Tears" by Austin's own Eric Johnson.

The easiest way to enjoy the playlist is to download Spotify, which is a free program. But even without it, you can still follow along. Here are the other selections for the week:

In a column, the Trib's Ross Ramsey wondered if the famous filibuster by state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, which happened a year ago this week, was the beginning or a movement or if it was ultimately just a moment. Representing the first possibility, we have "Movement" by LCD Soundsystem, and for the latter, we have "Hanging By a Moment" by Lifehouse.

Speaking of the Democrats, they are holding their state convention in Dallas this weekend, so we also added "Dallas Love" by the Josh Abbott Band to the playlist.

This week, Attorney General Greg Abbott was dealt another loss in his efforts to combat EPA regulations, prompting the inclusion of "I Lost It" by Lucinda Williams. The federal Department of Labor is also targeting the oil industry for underpaying workers, so we also picked "You're Gonna Pay" by The Toasters.

Almost 20 percent of rising high school seniors in Texas are at risk of not earning their diplomas on time because they haven't passed one or more of five required exams, so we put Sister Hazel's "Stay Awhile" on the playlist. And with questions being asked about how admissions works at UT-Austin, for those seeking to impress the university's admissions officers, we have "How Do I Get Through to You?" by Dexter Freebish. Meanwhile, sports agents are pushing to get more time with Texas college athletes, so we have "More Time" by NEEDTOBREATHE.

And finally, in honor of Phil Collins' decision to donate his collection of Alamo artifacts to Texas, the state from whence they came, we close with his song "Take Me Home."

Enjoy!