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Steve Key: Songs/Lyrics

Pigeonhole

(Steve Key)
June 2, 2012
Steve Key
Originally released on "Between Trains" (1988)
This version is from "History Lessons" (2001)
Recorded and mixed by Mark Stacy, Nashville TN
The man at the agency glares at me
And says "we got a problem here...
Your resume lists so many jobs
You leave one every year
Now my clientele pay a real price
They want a man who's sincere."
That's about the time I shook the man's hand
And headed out for a beer

I said, "Don't stick me in a pigeonhole, pigeonhole
Oh that's no place for me
I wanna spend some time running around
In the land of liberty
Don't stick me in a pigeonhole, pigeonhole
No, that's no place for me
Maybe I'll spend my life running around
In this land of liberty."

The man at the nightclub answers the phone
And says "Steve Key? What do you do?
Is it rock or folk, country or jazz, cajun or the blues?
As long as there's bodies at my bar
And your music sells alcohol
I'll book you in every Saturday night
Hang your picture on the wall."

I said, "Don't stick me in a pigeonhole, pigeonhole
Oh that's no place for me
I wanna spend some time running around
In the land of liberty
Don't stick me in a pigeonhole, pigeonhole
No, that's no place for me
Maybe I'll spend my life running around
In this land of liberty."

The landlady says "For the right young man
I just might have an open room
But no booze, no drugs, no girls overnight
These are my houserules.
You pay your first month, last month, deposit down
And a minimum cleaning fee
And if you sign right here on the five-year lease
I'll be right back with your key, Mister Key

I said, "Don't stick me in a pigeonhole, pigeonhole
Oh that's no place for me
I wanna spend some time running around
In the land of liberty
Don't stick me in a pigeonhole, pigeonhole
No, that's no place for me
Maybe I'll spend my life running around
In this land of liberty."