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Steve Key: Songs/Lyrics

Lure of the Bright Lights

(Steve Key)
September 26, 2016
David Ray

I first heard David Ray at Eulipia Cafe in San Jose, 1977, my junior year at San Jose State. David played Mondays at the cafe. He dressed all in black, hung his NYC cab driver's hack license on the mic stand. This song influenced the theme of my Between Trains record, and might have also lured me back to the bright lights. I'm pleased that David has kept in touch, played a few of my showcases in recent years, and still plays this song.

 

Fiddle: Heather Hardy
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).

Violin: Heather Hardy, Bass: Dennis Pearne. 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).

 

Lure of the Bright Lights
Written By: David Ray
 
Joe drove east across the Hudson
Hotel Chelsea’s where he stays
Makes his money as a tour guide on weekends
Auditions in the day
On Thursday he’ll run down to the newsstand
To buy up both the trades
And faithfully he’ll circle
All the leads that come his way
 
He sees his lovely Linda who works at Saks down on the main
Together they just scrape out a living
But do you know why they remain
It’s the Lure of the Bright Lights
 
Wendy made her way up here from the southland
Her mom ‘n daddy foot the bill
Thinkin’ Wendy has the talent for big time
You know they’re certain that she will
But with the prospect of her failure and the pressure so severe
The parents haven’t heard from their Wendy
In six or seven years
 
But you can find her if your lookin’
She’ll be hookin’ on 53rd and 3rd
And if perchance you asked her
What’s caused you to stay right here
She’d say it’s the Lure of the Bright Lights
 
Now lately I ain’t been livin’ no life o’ Riley
I drive my Checker six to four
If the tips are holdin’ good through the week
Then I’ll buy the drinks, pay the rent, ‘n maybe more
In the evenin’ you’ll be liable to find me
At any Bleecker Street café
Tradin’ gag lines with some comic from Jersey
Wastin’ time before I play
The go-fer calls the numbers
Is there a 57, please?
I struggle my way out through the curtains
But somethin’ there is holdin’ me
I’m caught on the Lure of the Bright Lights
 
Copyright 1977 by David Ray, Missing Keys Music, BMI