Breaking Out The Oldies
During tonight's practice, I decided to break out some truly old songs of mine to perform tomorrow night at Roberts Hall. One of the things I'm discovering is that since I played a lot in the key of C with the mountain dulcimer in the 80's and 90's (gosh that makes me sound old - oh, wait..), a lot of these tunes work out very nicely on the ukulele. At least the concert or soprano anyway.
One of these tunes is a piece that I wrote in 1992 for a girl from Colorado named Nicole; I had a major crush on her when we were both working at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California. The song pretty much just lays it out there but I realized, as I worked with it, that it's actually got a pretty cool hook despite being somewhat juvenile and highly topical. So, here are the lyrics, and you'll be hearing it pretty soon:
Driving down the middle of the interstate thinking 'bout the day ahead
Egg McMuffin in his hand on the steering wheel and a Six Flags hat on his head
and he wonders now "will she be there today?"
he will survive somehow anyway
she's a lovely little lady with deep brown eyes that haunt him in his sleep at night
hair of Rocky Mountain gold that the wind does blow, chills his heart at the very sight
and as he starts his day, there she is by the door
now he will smile and say, "good morning Nicole, what are you waiting for?"
He needs to say the words that burn deep inside him
he needs to let her know
but something's missing and he keeps it inside him
in a word, you might say he's a fool, but then love has never been this cool
In the cafeteria they laugh and talk, seems like the time does fly
in his imagination he sees them walk underneath a starry sky
and he takes her hand and looks deep into her eyes
but the dream soon ends, and as she departs, he starts to realize
he'll watch her go and wonder why he's so shy
just one word, end the misery
out of the blue, is she calling to you can't you see?
Copyright © 1992 J.O.B. Entertainment
Yeah, shy. If you only could've seen me then. Ha!