Lovers Lane

Chip Withrow's picture

Lovers Lane

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A few years ago, I wrote a song called "Lovers Lane Is a Dead End" - I got the idea from a sign here for a Lovers Lane that is in fact a dead end. So I decided to revisit that street. I combined the beach location here and a place I used to live in Ohio.
I wanted to do a piano song, and I got a groove going. As I listened to the playback, I thought the headphones were faulty - I drop them on the floor a lot. Then after I added the vocal I realized the keyboard was not completely plugged into the computer, so that's why the piano sound is only in one ear. I could fix it, but I decided to go ahead and post and move on. I'll perform this one on guitar anyway.

Lyrics: 

129 led me downhill into town
Wound up on Main Street, had a look around
Came to a railroad crossing and I waited on a train
On the other side – saw the sign for Lovers Lane

Had time to kill til Monday, when I’d start work with Uncle Wayne
I took a detour down a street called Lovers Lane
Turned into a dirt road, dead end at water’s edge
I jumped right, tried to swim – in way over my head

Met a fine fine mermaid, I fell hard and I fell fast
June, July, and August – but we knew it wouldn’t last
Chemistry experiment, star-crossed love in vain
Hazy recollection of what went down on Lovers Lane

I took a summer detour down a street called Lovers Lane
I’d make the same sweet mistake if I could do it again



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Comments

wyatt's picture

Kind of a switch for you Chip but it works well
Prob'ly bring back some, uh, fond memories ,for some folks
Enjoyed

barbara's picture

Nice growing feeling of suspense in that gap between verse 1 and 2. Then had to forcibly restrain myself from reading ahead once I saw the word 'mermaid' - I knew this was gonna be much more fun letting you coax the story along, and I was right! But waiting for that little piano vamp to get out of the way was almost excruciating.
Smile
Really like the line "I fell hard and I fell fast".

headfirstonly's picture

And ain't that a metaphor and half? Love the story here - very nice writing.

The delivery works, too - regardless of the tech problems. Some nice choices of chords, particularly in the end stanza. Nice one!

The keys tinkling, a story song with a twist, wow, definitely a different direction, and I like it!