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California Nights. From "I stay high all the time Just to get by I climb into the sky And my eyes, they cry California nights Make me feel so happy I could die But I try to stay alive I never wanna get so high That I can't come back down to real life And look you in the eyes and say "Baby, you are mine" Fading back and forth I fly through my mind I take the way I've known But have I really grown?
California nights Make me feel so happy I could die But I try to stay alive I never wanna get so high But I can't come back down to real life And look you in the eyes and say "Baby, you are mine" I never wanna get so high That I can't come back down to real life And look you in the eyes and say "Baby you, oh baby you are mine". Better Than Ezra is an alternative rock band based in New Orleans that formed in This song is from their platinum-selling album "Deluxe.
Taking that route, there is no way he would ever get close to the Grand Canyon or Death Valley, and Phoenix is a couple of hours south. If he did go to Phoenix, then he would take the 10 west, not the 40 through Barstow.
I suppose it's possible he took a very long detour up to the canyon and then to the valley then down to Barstow. So enjoy the song, but don't base your travel itinerary on it if you're looking to get to the west coast in a hurry. Coming down, the Phoenix sun on your face Turns it to red by the afternoon And to the right, the Grand Canyon is wide Sing along, the needle skips in the wind Count the stars of Death Valley And in the dark, Barstow starts to fade Coyote!
Every once in a while Shazam comes in real handy, as it did at a truck stop on the 5 in the valley when I aimed my phone at the ceiling speakers playing this song. It's a nice slightly more rock-based cover of Tim McGraw's song from which is also on this list. It's from the country duo's album "Did It for the Party. California Bound. Frank Black is a singer-songwriter who grew up in LA and Massachussets, where he formed the essential alternative band Pixies in the mid 80s using the stage name Black Francis.
Maybe some day he'll make up his mind. This is an alternative rock song from the album Black Letter Days. This is from Frank Black's Teenager of the Year album There's a video of him singing the song solo with an acoustic guitar and explaining the song here. It's not really one street anymore, except in the mind, but it's mostly highway Anne, refers to the Santa Anna winds, etc. Anne is still making it breezy In the valley of tar that once was L. Los Angeles. Ole Mulholland. Frank Black and The Catholics. Francis Dam Disaster. This is a story song from Dog in the Sand about floodwaters flowing to the sea after the dam, built in San Fransisquito Canyon in , failed in , killing an estimated people.
Francis dam disaster, man Thought she was all right Until around midnight Because that water seeks her own She had a desire to flow She was looking for somewhere to go She was a slave to the great metropolis She was feeling choked She pushed the wall till it broke When they heard the great apocalypse At powerhouse number 2 Well, there was nothing they could do Because that water seeks her own Five and one half hours she would flow She had 53 miles to go A cascade down to Santa Clara way Near 60 feet high Now she's a mile wide It was clear she was going far away And whole towns were, too A few got lucky in Piru Because that water seeks her own But four more hours she would flow She had 29 miles more to go She carried in her every kind of thing House, tree, and telegraph pole Some say a thousand souls At 3 A.
Rattle Your Bones. Rattle Your Bones is the A Side of a 7" vinyl single released in Tell me what you hear, I like your point of view. Tell me everything. And no I can't deny, no I can't close my eyes, I can't fall asleep, 'cause I'll only wake up here In the wrong place, at the wrong time. The wrong place, at the wrong time.
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We look like trouble I guess, and people turn their heads, we are the dead end kids. Here come the worker bees, rattle your bones like tambourines. Don't fall asleep, 'cause you'll only wake up here I'm going to San Francisco , and I don't think I'm ever coming back. Blink is an American pop punk band from Poway formed in I guess. You Can't Go Home Again. I forget - Thomas Wolfe was writing about San Diego, right? Shadow of California. Blue Oyster Cult is a hard rock band formed in New York in This song is from their album "Revolution By Night.
From the past Night makes right The symbol remains Into the darkness Must pour the brains In the shadow of California Revolution by night grant me this future Kings of the shadow on the highways of night From San Bernadino these angels are racing This night to your city The host of angels Ride Captain Ride.
The Blues Image was a rock band from Florida who moved to L. This song was their biggest hit, from their second album "Open" released in As a storm was blowin' Out on the peaceful sea, Seventy-three men sailed off to history. Ride, captain ride Upon your mystery ship, Be amazed at the friends You have here on your trip.
Ride captain ride Upon your mystery ship, On your way to a world That others might have missed. Ride, captain ride Upon your mystery ship, On your way to a world That others might have missed. Body Count. Body Count is a band that mixes heavy metal, punk, and rap, formed in L.
This song is from their self-titled album released in when the violence and crime and police brutality in L. The album was released only a month before the Rodney King Riots exploded across L. The album also contained the song "Cop Killer" that - spoiler alert - pissed off a lot of cops. But that was - since the year until now Ice-T has played a cop on TV. Goddamn what a brotha gotta do to get a message through to the red, white and blue? What I gotta die before you realize I was a brotha with open eyes?
The world's insane while you drink champagne and I'm livin' in black rain. You try to ban the A. Tell us what to do You know what you'd do if a kid got killed on the way to school or a cop shot your kid in the backyard. I hear it every night, another gunfight, the tension mounts, on with the Body Count. Ha ha. Last weekend thirty-seven kids killed in gang warfare, in my backyard. Yo, Ernie C. I hear it every night, another gunfight, the tension mounts, on with the Body Count When listening to this dance rap single from , I kept hearing the words "Los Angeles" so I just had to find the German lyrics and get a translation.
I like using Google Translate to translate lyrics, because it can make the lyrics sound like gibberish and I never know if that's because the original lyrics were gibberish. I'm at least sure that this song is about driving. Driving a horsepower black Maserati through L. Gamers have made lists and maps comparing the game places to the real places in L. So maybe he's driving in the game. Or do you need a gram of coke? Cracked Actor. From Bowie's album "Alladin Sane" this is about an aging movie actor in Hollywood. Do You Wanna Hold Me? He took several musicians from Adam and the Ants and added year-old Annabella Lwin as the lead vocalist.
Ba da ba ba da ba Whoa-oh-oh Ba da ba ba da ba And I cry all night Do you wanna hold me, hold me tight? Do you wanna hold me? Oh yeah Do you wanna hold me, hold me there? Children, you got to hear me Whoa-oh-oh You just got to understand me Whoa-oh-oh Love and death ain't no physical thing Whoa-oh-oh 'Cause Mickey Mouse, he don't wanna know! Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise. This is a good blues song from an American band formed in in Detroit featuring vocalist Robert Bradley. It's from the band's eponymous recording released in I remember seeing the Dodgers play some ball Well I'll never forget the sound of all the Greyhound bound, takin me home, to see my momma And I never y'all, seen the stars shine in California but I remember seeing the rain a comin down, Lord And I never no, seen the stars shine in California but I remember seeing the rain comin down Well I'll never forget the time That I toasted California wine I remember strolling along Wilshire Boulevard But I never forget the lights, the lights of Hollywood and I remember a ridin down the Harbor Freeway And I never y'all, seen the stars shine in California but I remember seeing the rain a comin down, Lord And I never no, seen the stars shine in California but I remember seeing the rain comin down Well I never forget the warmth of that San Diego sun And I remember going across the Golden Gate Bridge But I never forget the day that I motored into the big L.
I remember seeing the Dodgers play the ball, y'all And I never y'all, a little star shine in California but I remember, seeing the rain a coming down, Lord Turn on the light and let it shine on me Turn on the light and let it shine on me The Big L. The Big L. The Hollywood lights Its gonna make them ride Well I never seen the stars shine in California But I remember, seeing the rain comin down". Drinking in L. This is a song from the album "Glee" by a Canadian collective that mixes alternative rock and hip hop and other styles.
I woke up again this morning with the sun in my eyes When Mike came over with a script surprise A mafioso story with a twist A "To Wong Foo, Julie Newmar" hitch Get your ass out of bed, he said: I'll explain it on the way But we did nothing Absolutely nothing that day And I'll say What the hell am I doing drinking in L.
At twenty six? I got the fever for the flavor The payback will be later Still I need a fix And the girls on the bus kept on laughing at us As we rode on the ten down to Venice again Flaring out the g-funk Sipping on juice and gin Just me and a friend Feeling kinda groovy Working on movie Yeah right!
With my mind on my money and my money on my, beer beer! I know that life is for the taking So I'd better wise up And take it quickly Yeah one more time at Trader Vics Some men there wanted to hurt us And other men Said we weren't worth the fuss We could see them all bitching by the bar About the fine line Between the rich and the poor Then mike turned to me and said What do you think we got done son?
I got the fever for the nectar The payback will be later Still I need a fix We need to fix you up Call me monday And maybe we'll fix it all up L. Smoke Signals. This song is from her album "Stranger in the Alps" which she explained comes from the way a line of dialog in the movie "The Big Lebowski" was censored on T. When Hollywood Goes Black and Tan.
In this upbeat early 40's jazz classic, Harlem crooners, Louis Armstrong, and more will all be heading west when Hollywood goes black and tan. It's a celebration of African American entertainers in the movies, back when there were not many of them. Oh, yeah, man! When Hollywood goes black and tan! Louis Armstrong with his trumpet Will be heading westward with his band, Yeah, man! Trouble on Central. This is a great upbeat song that's sung instead of rapped, with a laid-back G-funk rhythm but none of the gangsta attitude.
Central Avenue is a long avenue that passes through west Compton. I wish I was in control Really wish I wasn't stuck on Central I still got so far to go, yeah Won't be stuck here, not for long Just hold on, hold on Work late nights and early mornings I'm on it, I'm on it Trouble on Central with the homies Oh no, oh no Pretty soon we gon' take control Just wait on it, wait on it".
This easy listening ballad is basically a postcard to his wife from a musician tired of touring and the L. I'll raise a glass to that. And honey I didn't know that I'd be missin' you so. I spent four lonely days in a brown L. Yes it's been quite a summer, rent-a-cars and west bound trains. And now you're off on vacation, somethin' you tried to explain. And darlin' I love you so that's the reason I just let you go.
I can't help it honey, you're that much a part of me now. Remember the night in Montana when we said there'd be no room for doubt. I hope you're enjoyin' the scenery, I know that it's pretty up there.
We can go hikin on Tuesday, with you I'd walk anywhere. California has worn me quite thin, I just can't wait to see you again San Francisco Nights. That doesn't sound like summer in Don't Call it Frisco to me.
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Then maybe you'll understand the song, it will be worth it If not for the sake of this song but for the sake of your own peace of mind Strobe lights beam creates dreams Walls move minds do too On a warm San Franciscan night Old child young child feel alright On a warm San Franciscan night Angels sing leather wings Jeans of blue Harley Davisons too On a warm San Franciscan night Old angels young angels feel alright On a warm San Franciscan night I wasn't born there perhaps I'll die there There's no place left to go, San Francisco ".
Mess Around. This is from a band from Kentucky who have had lots of number one hits on the Billboard Alternative Rock charts, including this song. It's off their album Tell Me I'm Pretty. There's only a quick mention of California. Louis, California Blue eyes, yeah she's comin' for ya Land of Mary, Charm City Oh lord, wish she was my baby You know she'll drive you crazy Yeah she's coming for ya No, she don't mess around No, she don't mess around Ahhhhh, oh no Ahhhhh, oh no Ahhhhh, oh no No, she don't mess around No, she don't mess around The heat is rising and only getting hotter, ready to blow I think I'll pour myself a glass of water, let it flow She'll show you what she's made of Yeah she's comin' for ya She's gonna try to break ya Yeah she's comin' for ya No, she don't mess around No, she don't mess around Ahhhhh, oh no Ahhhhh, oh no Ahhhhh, oh no No, she don't mess around No, she don't mess around Downtown L.
His wah-wah slide on Crazy Mama still gets to me after 40 years. This is from Cale's "Grasshopper" album released in Much of downtown L. Santa Cruz. Just to give a little music to boo me away Hey J. San Francisco Fan. Cab Calloway was a popular jazz and scat singer, dancer, and bandleader from New York, known as the "Hi-de-ho" man, which comes from the lyrics to his most famous song "Minnie the Moocher. This is a slow blues released in Cowboys From Hollywood. The lyrics are simple, just one line repeated a dozen times, in true quirky Camper fashion: "Aren't y'all cowboys from Hollywood?
Camper Van Beethoven. Dockweiler Beach. From "El Camino Real" released in I Live in L. From "El Camino Real" released in "She comes in like a star, wearing jewellery and fur With her own entourage, hanger-onners in clogs From some small town in Spain, it's never explained. Sufficiently Or the security I live in L. Come and see me someday. You can stay at my house. I've got plenty of space. I live in L. Come and see me someday boy If you wanna have a good time A good time with me.
Black SUVs in the drive, tinted windows and guards Cowboy boots and shaved heads, Italian suits, tattood necks The party rages inside, but its never explained La Frontera plates Oh boy I hope it's not too late. Northern California Girls. Another song about California Girls. Don't you miss the weather?
Don't you miss me just a little bit? Northern California girls say, "Come home from Texas" You could take a fast train Baby take the next plane You'd be home by suppertime There ain't nobody like me Ain't nobody like me out there Northern California girls say, "You don't know what you're missing" I got a good job, stay home and play the guitar You can raise the children barefoot on the beaches Teach 'em how to surf and play baseball Northern California girls say, "Come home from Brooklyn!
An outtake from "El Camino Real" released in available as an iTunes extra. Dear California. Vanessa Carlton is an American singer-songwriter from Pennsylvania whose debut single "A Thousand Miles" was a huge Grammy-nominated hit. This song is from her album "Rabbits on the Run. Maybe to make room for all the other songs about going there.
This alchemy is making me suspicious As if I slipped you some belladonna That I crossed town to get, don't you know? Yes, my grand friend checks it Oh he loves me as I leave, so I'm gonna go And I'm not in companies when you feel it the most And you keep my memory, hope ya keep me close Would you love me as I leave?
Ever-changing as the sea, it's my only hope It's just me and my pup in the open road But your face is like a paper-cut to the heart Slip away while you sleep It's easy, it's easier Than it seems It's easy, it's easier Than it seems Just go, I'll go, don't cry I don't know, I don't know, but you fly Hey! Paper-cut to the heart Oh he loves me as I leave, so I'm gonna go And I'm not in companies when you feel it most And you keep my memory, hope ya keep me close Would you love me as I leave?
Ever-changing as the sea Would you love me as I leave? Dear California Would you love me as I leave? Dear California ". San Francisco. This song is from Carlson's album "Harmonium. Hong Kong Blues. I don't understand why the gong-kicking guy says he lives in Frisco if he lives in Tennessee, or why they send rice there Rice-a-Roni?
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Carolina Liar is an indie rock band from LA with a big bright sound, but the lead vocalist is originally from South Carolina, and other band members are from Sweden. But the guy in this song can't wait to get back to that California sun that everyone else is always singing about. But this time he's coming by train and not car. What does he they think he'll be able to do in California without a car? I'll bet he's planning on renting a convertible and driving down the coast highway with the top down just like they do in all the other songs.
Then he'll write a song about it You feel alive At least you think that life Is something in you What do we know? In California. The Alt Country queen from the Northwest dreams of snow now that she's living in L. With a voice like that, she could sing the phone book and I'd still listen. Thrice All American Tacoma. This isn't really a California song, but in her great song about her home town Tacoma Washington, which had seen hard times when she wrote the song, Neko Case gets in a dig at California singing "God bless California, make way for the Walmart.
I hope they don't find you Tacoma. Folsom Prison Blues. Folsom State Prison is near Sacramento. Cash said he wrote this song after watching a movie about the prison when he was in the Air Force in Germany, but he used the melody and many of the lyrics from the song "Crescent City Blues" written by Gordon Jenkins. Jenkins sued and Cash paid him a settlement in Cash's song is much better, but this is just another example of powerful people stealing from the less powerful and I have a hard time appreciating this song without hating Cash.
The song became a huge hit and Cash later made a classic country album recorded live at the prison. Son Always be a good boy, don't ever play with guns But I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die When I hear that whistle blowing, I hang my head and cry I bet there's rich folks eating in a fancy dining car They're probably drinkin' coffee and smoking big cigars Well I know I had it coming, I know I can't be free But those people keep a movin' And that's what tortures me Well if they freed me from this prison If that railroad train was mine I bet I'd move it on a little farther down the line Far from Folsom Prison , that's where I want to stay And I'd let that lonesome whistle blow my blues away".
All the Gold in California. The always cheerful Australian song and dance man does his version of the Gatlin Brothers song for the soundtrack to the HBO series True Detective. Alone in Arizona. Exene Cervenka was one of the vocalists from the seminal L. She also sang with the Knitters and other bands. She wrote this song and included it on her album "The Excitement Of Maybe. Harry Chapin was a Grammy-winning pop rock singer-songwriter from New York who produced a lot of hits in his short life, including his 1 hit "Cat's in the Cradle.
I've Never Been to Me. Charlene is a singer from Hollywood who only had one big hit - this one. It's original release in was unsuccessful, but its re-release in charted at 3. I have nothing against women who are happily married with children or against women who choose to give up their dreams to stay in a loveless marriage and raise their children thanks mom! The singer tries to convince a woman that it's better to give up her dreams and stay in an unhappy marriage than it is to be making love in the sun in paradise and sipping champagne on a yacht - a woman who tries to be free only ends up alone because only babies will make her complete.
It's not hard to tell that the lyrics were written by a man, is it? Along with the awful cloying melody, too.
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Uneasy Rider. Charlie Daniels is a country, bluegrass, southern rock musician best known for the fiddling duel with the Devil in his hit "The Devil Went Down to Georgia. Back then a man with long hair was considered an offensive "hippy-type, pinko fag" with "a commie flag" by red-necks. At the end, the singer considers rerouting his trip to L. Toolin along in my Cheverolet Tokin' on a number and diggin' on the radio Just as I crossed the Mississippi line I heard that highway start to whine And I knew that left rear tire was about to blow Well the spare was flat and I got uptight Cause there wasn't a filling station in sight So I just limped on down the shoulder on the rim I went as far as I could and when I stopped the car It was right in front of this little bar Kind of a red-neck lookin' joint called the Dew Drop Inn I stuffed my hair up under my hat And told the bartender that I had a flat And would he be kind enough to give me change for a one There was one thing I was sure proud to see There wasn't a soul in the place except for him and me He just looked disgusted and pointed toward the telephone I called up the station down the road a ways He said he wasn't very busy today And he could have someone out there in just about 10 minutes or so He said, "Now, you just stay right where yer at!
And he voted for George McGovern for President. I betchya he's even got a commie flag tacked up on the wall inside of his garage. He may look dumb but that's just a disguise, He's a mastermind in the ways of espionage" They all started lookin' real suspicious at him And he jumped up and said "Now just wait a minute Jim! You know he's lying I been living here all of my life! And I ain't even got a garage, you can call home and ask my wife! California Man. A cover of the song by The Move Roy Wood's band that became The Electric Light Orchestra with a bunch of classic boogie rock nonsense lyrics about a party where the jive is really cool and he's a California man and can't stop dancing and all that.
Well we're goin to a place Where the jive is really cool. And if the band stops a playin' There's a jukebox down the hall. And with your blue dress on, your folks all gone. You're sure to give the guys a ball. Get that real guitar boy shakin', I'm a California man, Dance right on till the floors are breakin' I'm a California man.
Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots. This single was written by the famous songwriting team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. It's a teenage tragedy song that might be the first of the genre. A bunch of similar songs were written in the years following. The filthy biker in the song hits a diesel that was California bound while riding on Highway , and apparently then turns into a naked ghost biker.
Maybe he was even one on fire like the fiery biker in the Nicholas Cage movie. I'm assuming the accident happened on the in Oregon, but maybe it was in California. Christmas in California. The Cheetah Girls are an American girl group that was formed for the Disney TV movie "The Cheetah Girls," based on a series of books, about four teen girls in Manhattan who are in a girl group. There are three Cheetah Girls movies, a few albums and some video games and probably lots of other marketing products, but I had never even heard of them until I discovered this song 14 years later.
Probably because I was never a tween girl. This song is not from the movie soundtrack, it's from their album "Cheetah-licious Christmas. They don't get much bigger than Kenny Chesney in Country or any kind of music, and he has 30 million album sales and almost as many awards to prove it. This song is from his album "Everywhere We Go. Maybe it will. El Cerrito Place. The song also name checks Pioneertown. Kenny Chesney. Get Along. Kenny Chesney spends half his time playing stadiums in front of hundreds of thousands of shoeless fans, half his time counting big piles of money and country music awards, and the other half of his time kicking back on a beach in a tank top with Jimmy Buffett.
That's entirely true, as I see it. In this post-truth world, you can see it however you want. Can't we all just get along? The singer of this inspirational country song wonders if a woman he saw on a highway billboard advertising some kind of sex phone line got stranded there on her way to L. I wonder - are there still phone sex lines? Maybe that billboard has been there since the 90s. Did she leave her hometown thinkin' she'd end up in L. Did she break down in the desert and get stuck beside the highway? Get along, on down the road We've got a long long way to go Scared to live, scared to die We ain't perfect but we try Get along while we can Always give love the upper hand Paint a wall, learn to dance Call your mom, buy a boat Drink a beer, sing a song Make a friend, can't we all get along Southern California Purples.
In this rock song with a horn section released in , Chicago wonders where that the fabled California sun is. Or the purples, in this case. There must be something red in L. Thought this was a warm place I must be in the wrong place. And I don't know where I'm going Since my lover left me. Never no smile on my face. I am he is you are he is you are me and we are all together, woah woah. Buddy, this ain't L. I've travelled such a long way. I've travelled such a long way, And I still don't know where I'm going.
But without my baby I better not stay. Bakersfield Bound. This is a country song in the Bakersfield Country style from their album with the same name released in Beverly Hills. Circle Jerks were a hardcore punk band formed in in L. This is from the band's first studio album "Group Sex" released in San Francisco Bay Blues. This is a cover of the Jesse Fuller original.
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The lyrics are listed under Jessie Fuller. Gene Clark was a founding member of the great L. Clark left the Byrds in and died in I like the solo version you can hear on YouTube. This song has been covered by lots of other performers. Make note of all good wishes. Say goodbye to the landlord for me. That son of a bitch has always bored me.
Throw out them L. Adios to all this concrete. Gonna get me some dirt road back street If I can just get off of this L. Face of the Sun. Shana Cleveland is an L. This psychedelic folk song is from her solo album "Night of the Worm Moon" released in Coconut Records is an indie pop music solo project by L. This is from his album, Nighttiming. I'm declaring here that the West Coast to which the singer is going back home, is California, since Schwartzman grew up in L.
If he tells me that I'm wrong, that he is referring to his home in Perth, or maybe his home in Panama City, or Puerto Vallarta, or Mumbai, then I will remove this. Music Machine. Gabriella Cohen is an Australian musician. This song is from her album "Pink is the Colour of Unconditional Love. I saw the same thing in Sydney. Midnight Flyer. Nat King Cole was an American jazz pianist who became a very popular singer.
In a previous hit below he was driving on Route 66, but this time the singer is on a train to L. The song won a Grammy Award in Midnight flyer Take me to L. This rock classic was written in by Bobby Troupe, recorded first the same year by the King Cole Trio, and recorded by many more musicians , including Chuck Berry in and the Rolling Stones in My family moved to California from St. Louis to L. Foxy Girls in Oakland. Rodger Collins is a funk singer and songwriter from Oakland by way of Texas who started his career in about This song is from his album "Plug Talk.
One time for the West Coast L. Hot Rod Lincoln. Commander Cody This was a top ten hit and the band's biggest hit, from their album, Lost in the Ozone. The full lyrics can be seen under Charley Ryan's entry. Pulled out of San Pedro late one night The moon and the stars was shinin' bright. We was drivin' up Grapevine Hill Passing cars like they was standing still Still in Hollywood.
The singer of this L. I was walking down the street, early this morning And the silver drops of rain hung from the leaves And I swear I heard the voices singing to me Singing to the rhythm of the beat of my feet, I swear I heard the voices singing to me - Keep on, keep on, keep on. Still in Hollywood! Oh WOW! Thought I'd be out of here by now. My, my I'm running on a wheel and I don't know why I don't know why. And so it's three A. I'm just a spot on the sidewalk in the city of sin. You know it coulda been me, guess it's just my luck.
But I swear I hear the voices singing to me - Keep on, keep on, keep on. Still in Hollywood Down in Hollywood. He has an amazing list of achievements that includes producing the great Cuban music album "Buena Vista Social Club," making the soundtrack for Wim Wenders' great film "Paris Texas," and collaborating with Ali Farka Toure and other musicians from around the world.
There's gonna be some bad blues Somebody said they're playing all night long So go and fill your brown bag and put on all your clean rags Let's go downtown and see what's going on You take me down the Vine Street Stop when you hear the back beat And I'll sneak past the bouncer at the door Now I know that he ain't looking Not when the band is cooking Because he's watching the ladies dancing on the floor Going down in Hollywood You better hope that you don't run out of gas Down in Hollywood He'll drag you right out of your car and kick your ass Down in Hollywood They're standing on a corner waiting for a sucker like you Down in Hollywood Now, if you want to stay healthy just keep a-moving right on through Be careful, don't look back, keep moving, keep moving Well, the scotch has started flowing And some girls she is showing everything she's got Folks, it's a sight!
Some men will give a week's pay if she would just dance down their way and say "Baby, I'm gonna take you home with me tonight" Outside the streets is shaking and I hear the windows breaking Some poor fool's gonna land in jail tonight Well, all those hookers trying to pull your coat and the pimps reach out to cut your throat Ain't no way out of here without a fight What's that fool saying?
The term became increasing popular in the late s as more and more roadside diners and restaurants advertised a Blue Plate Special of a "meat and three" three vegetables all on one divided plate at a low price. The phrase Blue Plate Special has an undeniable "down home" feel, but it was also used in the big cities. A New York Times article from December 2, , lamenting the rise in prices that made it difficult to "dine on a dime", praises a restaurant on Ann Street where you can still get "a steak-and-lots-of-onion sandwich for a dime" and a "big blue-plate special, with meat course and three vegetables, is purchasable for a quarter, just as it has been for the last ten years.
But why blue?