"Las Cruces Sunset"

by Kevin Abernathy

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Here's a new song called "Las Cruces Sunset" which will be on my next record coming out (hopefully) in February. The song was intended to be about my bus ride to the west coast way back in 1982 in pursuit of the rock and roll dream. Instead, it took a mind of its own (which songs often do) into the social current and heartbreak territory of immigration. I do make a brief appearance in the song, but as it turns out, there were other dreamers on that bus.

~ KA November 17, 2018

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lyrics

The Jersey boys were holding court on the back of the bus
While Freddy from Philly delivered a soliloquy
Two hippie girls from Richmond with a bag full of drugs
Were trying to catch the Dead in Santa Fe

She had nothing to say

She stared out the window at the Las Cruces sunset
Dreaming of a day
She could come out of the shadows and never have to look back
At the cacti waving goodbye
And the tumble weeds, rolling across the highway

Some long haired boys from Georgia with rock and roll dreams
Had songs in their pockets they were headed to LA
And when the Northeast boys stopped talking
That’s when the babies started squawking
It was ninety degrees and smelled like seven states*

She had nothing to say

She stared out the window at the Las Cruces sunset
Dreaming of a day
She could come out of the shadows and never have to look back
At the cacti waving goodbye
And the tumble weeds, rolling across the highway

Not far out of El Paso the bus rolled to a stop
The authorities came on board checking ID’s
She wished she was invisible and she might as well had been
‘Cause where there was a person now was just an empty seat

They drove her away

She stared out the window at the Las Cruces sunset
Dreaming of a day
She could come out of the shadows and never have to look back
At the cacti waving goodbye
And the tumble weeds, rolling across the highway

*It seems everybody’s headed somewhere on blind faith

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credits

released November 19, 2018
Kevin Abernathy - Vocal, Acoustic Guitar
Lucy Abernathy - Vocal
Gray Comer - Drums
Po Hannah - Guitars
Joe Jordan - Trumpet
Mike Murphy - Bass

Written by Kevin Abernathy (Kevin Abernathy Music / BMI)
Horn arrangement by Steven Rodgers
Recorded in Knoxville, Tennessee at The Arbor Studio by John Baker and Gray Comer
Mastered by Matt Honkonen
"sandia sunset new mexico" photo by Madmartigand

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