Lonely in the City (Peter 'Dr. Moonbeam/Scroads' Cragg)

she said we'd stay together... at least a month or two...

I thought I could persuade her to stay...

but what can a poor boy do today?

...

lonely in the middle of the city...

I bought a new guitar... but that won't take me far...

perhaps I'll hit 'the big time' with this love song...

and a radio will bring her back to me...

...

she said she didn't love me... but she must have liked me some...

I thought I could make her care some more;

but now all that's for sure is this double rum...

...

lonely in the middle of the city...

I bought a new guitar... but that won't take me far...

perhaps I'll hit the big time with this love song...

and a radio will bring her back to me.

... (...recitation...)...

"I can't help it if I'm lonely... there's no one here but me...

and a few soft things she left behind...

they keep me real bad company..."

...

lonely in the middle of the city...

I bought a new guitar... but that won't take me far...

perhaps I'll hit the big time with this love song...

and the radio will bring her back to me.

     ...well... one of the few lyrics my old pal Peter Cragg wrote... he was a gifted guitarist and his work with Cris Cuddy in the 'old days' was amazing... 'Hot Knockers' was a great local rock band as well. Pete was a revered guitar teacher, and a 'communard' ( a term I used to describe him in an obituary/remembrance piece I wrote after his untimely passing. A real 'hippie' in the truest sense, Peter taught on communes and shared his love of life and music freely. His son Matt is a life coach/motivational speaker (for lack of better terms) and author, sharing his insights on life at 'Inner Diamond' online, and in person for individuals and groups. Matt kindly gifted me Pete's Steinberger guitar some years back, and I have been exploring 'life above the 12th fret' on that remarkable instrument. Matt also allowed me to purchase Pete's old Guild hollow body electric guitar and a bass. It brings me great pleasure to play on his instruments, and to have recorded this song, which otherwise might have slipped into total obscurity (as opposed to the partial obscurity that comes with being part of my repertoire). David 'Hollis' Morgan (my late pal and drummer Lee Bryant Morgan's older brother) laid down some exquisite guitar on the recording (on 'The Brave Work' effort); I hope Dr. Moonbeam would approve. One of a very few songs that I have taken to be my own (with humble regard to the author) in respect and recognition of old and true friends. love to all, d.

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