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Lost Alamos: Music

Waitin' for Blue

(Lost Alamos)
© Brian Daniell 2008 ASCAP


This song is for the homeless. I ride my bike to work and on snowy days take the bus. I see them sitting around the picnic benches in the parks in Boulder, or on the bus, heading downtown as if they've got somewhere to go. Seems like they're waiting for something, but what? Waitin' for blue, I guess. We started performing this song about the time Utah Phillips, the great champion of the little people in America, died, and dedicate it to his memory.


This is a live recording done at Harmony Village in Golden, CO in August of 2010.  You'll hear children playing in the background, which somehow seemed okay with me after I thought about it in the context of the song.   


They found Lefty this morning, seemed that he'd froze
Newspaper said it was the life that he chose
In Lefty's front pocket tattered picture I'd seen
A happy young bride with her proud Marine

Billy, he don't talk much, Alice is weird
Joey's the Indian with the long braided beard
Maybe we're crazy, maybe it's you
We're all just here waitin', waitin' for blue

Hey, buddy, can you spare me a dollar or two?
Don't mean to scare ya, don't look like you
I see that you're goin', got something to do
I'm just here waitin'-- waitin' for blue

Lay me down by the river and the grass tell me true
Let me hear the clean water as it sings through
If you are a lost one you can throw down here, too
We'll just be waitin', waitin' for blue

Bet you've got kids, a house and a job
If you want somethin' you just turn a knob
I can turn, too, away from this life
Wind is my friend, bedroll's my wife

Hey, buddy, can you spare me a dollar or two?
Don't mean to scare ya, I don't look like you
I see that you're goin', got something to do
And I'm just here waitin'-- waitin' for blue

I will waltz with my Alice in the shadows so free
The man that you don't see is the man that was me
We will drift off like mist till there's nary a clue
That we were here waitin', waitin' for blue


Lay me down by the river and the grass tell me true
Let me hear the clean water as it sings through
If you are a lost one you can throw down here, too
We'll just be waitin', waitin' for blue

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