The Blue Room

from Lucky One by Alex McMurray

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When I moved to NYC in 2004 I worked for a while at a place called Mickey's Blue Room on Ave C between 11th & 12th. Not a vey hopping spot in those days. Perhaps you had the pleasure? I'll never forget the night when I was wiping down the bar and was about to head home when my friend Jack called me from Seattle to tell me the levees in New Orleans had begun to malfunction and the streets had begun to fill with water hours after we'd all thought we'd dodged the bullet. As for the bar itself, it always seemed a little doomed and since there was never that much work to do I started writing this song leaning against that bar and worked on it every now and then for a few years after that. I'm not sure if it's done but here is a version of it.

lyrics

the jukebox is lousy
there's no room to dance
the dancers have had their day
and dancing ain't allowed anyway
the pool table's busted
the stools are ruined
only place for a fool like me on avenue C

don't take me on the town
out with the folks i know
staggering where the lights are bright
and the people want to go
no i don't want to laugh
leave me with that photograph
just drop me over by the blue room
i been looking all over for the blue room

just a crazy baldhead
the pride of linden
used to listen to me sing my song
but he never hung around very long
and the tall one had wild eyes
but he could read the signs
as long as the lights were low and the whiskey flowed

chorus

all up and down the street
they’re bringing down the heat
enough to crack your lens and all your friends could not complete you
and it’s all gone blue

fools and believers
disciples and dreamers
on the train back to roselle park
going home now the blue room's dark
and they think of the old days
before it all went wrong
turn over and go to sleep and they sing this song

don't take me on the town
out with the folks i know
staggering where the lights are bright
and the people want to go
no i don't want to laugh
leave me with that photograph
just drop me over by the blue room
i been looking all over for the blue room

credits

from Lucky One, released February 11, 2020
AM guitars & vox
Carlo Nuccio-drums
Joe Cabral-bass
Brian Coogan-Hammond organ
Alexis Marceaux-vocals
Susan Cowsill-vocals
Recorded and mixed by Mike Napolitano at the Nappy Dugout
Mastered by Brent Lambert at Kitchen Mastering, Carrboro, NC
Photo by AM, design by Kourtney Keller
contact: info@alexmcmurray.com

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Alex McMurray New Orleans, Louisiana

I'm a New Orleans based singer songwriter type. I play in a bunch of bands. I make recordings sometimes. Some of them are here. Thanks for supporting my work. Drop me a line--I'd love to hear from you.

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