"Knowing the Game," Ian Matthews (1972). Matthews was the first lead (male) vocalist for Fairport Convention. A fan of American folk and country music, he embarked on a solo career when Richard Thompson abandoned the group’s original San Francisco sound and started mining the English folk tradition for inspiration. Matthews’ Journeys from Gospel Oak LP features songs by Gene Clark, Mickey Newbury, Merle Haggard, Tim Hardin, and Jimmy Webb, and is well worth tracking down. This one is a Matthews original.