1) apple pickin' time -
in '72 for my good friend siri moeller margerin, who found me
sing in the open air at SF's Cannery, flipped a quarter into my guitar
case, stopped to chat and ended up staying with me at my home in Mill
Valley for a year, working on her marvelous paintings.
for notes on
this song, click here
3) you can count on me -
written '72 for Bonnie Swift, ( yes that's her real name ) a
loyal friend and very hospitable lady. i thought to myself, 'why
should Carol King get all the airplay? i can write one of those
"friendship songs". oh, well. as usual no one paid any
also known as 'bicycle wheel' . one of the
few instances where i actually bowed to public pressure. (
enough to accept the alt. title ) see notes here and here
5) lady of a thousand songs - for notes on this song, click here
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7) city of lost angels
you've read the notes for gypsy, bicycle wheel, and lady, you've
met V. Perry. all bad things must come to and end. in '74 i
packed my shattered dreams into the back seat of my '51 Lincoln Coupe
and took rte 5 south to LA to start a 'new life'. this is a song
of transition. my new life didn't turn out any better than the
old one, but that's a different song.
8) sgt. barkley and little tim - click here and here for notes on 'street racer' and 'tutu and the cannibals'.
Little Tim is Pat Murray's brother, the young criminal. he's my hero for 1975. a teenage Robin Hood.
9) starting out -
song for my 'new life' in LA, '74. i took it around to my pal
Rick Riccobono at BMI. he had some comments and sent me to a few
other 'experts'. they couldn't find the bridge, couldn't find
the chorus, couldn't find the 'hook'. i left them to grope in
their respective darknesses and took my song home.
10) stealin' love - for notes on this song, click here