Saturday, June 16, 2012

Night Caller

Knees was at the top of his game in 1976. He was living in a wonderful big house on Melendres Street a few blocks from the best Mexican food in the world and a world class bookstore, COAS Books. By day he would swim at the Las Cruces Inn swimming pool and by night he would make music and merriment with the Calhoon Brothers at the bar. He was on the payroll at the LCI, which was a rarity for a musician,  and every other semester or so he would take some classes at New Mexico State University, which had a fantastic library. A few years before Knees moved to Las Cruces the University had bought much of the inventory of the Gotham Bookstore in New York.


Written: Melendres Street, Las Cruces NM, 1976

A short story by J.D. Salinger called Pretty Mouth and Green My Eyes inspired this song. In the story a man gets a call from a frantic buddy who’s looking for his wife, who hasn’t come home. The man, who is in bed with a woman, assures him that she’ll return and hangs up. Later, just when we’re feeling sure the woman is the buddy’s wife, the buddy calls again and says his wife just drove up.

A telephone rings in a darkened room
And a sleepy voice whispers “Hello.”
The clock on the dresser says two a.m.
The chair is covered with clothes
Then a cigarette lights up her face
As she cries into the phone
“Oh Billy I’m so glad you called me here
I’m so lonely and I want to come home.”

I can see it all right now
The way that she’ll come back to me
But is this the way it’ll be?
I think I’ll call her now and see.

A telephone rings in a darkened room
And a sleepy voice whispers “Hello.”
The clock on the dresser says two a.m.
You can’t see the chair for the clothes
Then a cigarette lights up the tears in her eyes
As she cries into the phone
“Oh Billy don’t call me here anymore

It’s late and I’m not alone.”

I can see it all right now
The way that she’ll come back to me
But is this the way it’ll be?
I think I’ll call her now and see.

Triwindow

The CALHOON BROTHERS LIVE VERSION
(Sometime in the late 70s at the Las Cruces Inn, Las Cruces NM)

1 comment:

  1. Nice job presenting the two ever-so-similar, ever-so-different scenarios.

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