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Steve Key: Songs/Lyrics

Step Behind White Line

(Steve Key)
September 26, 2016
Steve Key

One of my temp jobs in New York. Aretha was her real name.

Bass: Dennis Pearne, Percussion: Mark McColl.

 

Recorded between November 1987 and June 1988 at George Trapani's 
studio in Seaford NY, Slope Sound in Brooklyn (Gary Ciuzio, engineer), 
and Splice of Life, Brighton MA (David Zuckerman, engineer).

Recorded between November 1987 and June 1988 at George Trapani's studio in Seaford NY, Slope Sound in Brooklyn (Gary Ciuzio, engineer), and Splice of Life, Brighton MA (David Zuckerman, engineer).

 

Step Behind White Line
 
Alarm clock rings beside her head
Aretha struggles out of bed
The clock says six fifteen
She gets her kid up and off to school
Packs her lunch and the Daily News
It’s the same routine
Then she squeezes onto the Downtown A train
And she always hears the conductor say:
 
CH:   Step lively, watch the doors
          Look out for that moving floor
          Do your job, be on time
          And step behind white line
          Step behind white line
 
In a back office filed with files
Her work is measured out in miles
A never-ending flow
It’s been two years since her last raise
But it’s not in her to complain
She doesn’t let it show
Promotion seems to pass her by again
Are they favoring someone with a lighter skin, when they say: (CH)
 
By six p.m. she’s back at home
Somebody asks her for a loan
Aretha turns it down
She feels resentment from her friends
They think she’s better off than them
Still they hang around
So she takes another job on the side
She’s saving up for a better life, where they won’t say (CH)