Hey. Still here for a while
Jesse Winchester was an up and coming singer songwriter who essentially ended his career to avoid Vietnam. It's one of those what could have been tragedies.
During this performance he was dying of cancer. That's why Neko Case is crying. I also like Elvis Costello's reaction. It's like he's looking on this man in awe as he plays what is really a very simple song.
The lyrics mean something to me to. The combination of that and the story behind the performance had me tearing up in Starbucks.