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3 Young Alleycats

03:36
Patterson Barrett
02/16/2018
Patterson Barrett

Story

A few years back, Buddy Miller, Gurf Morlix and me were sitting around, and I said "We really ought to do some music together, you know, while we're still young". We all agreed in principal, but I was serious. So I started writing this song and sent the bones of it around to the other two, hoping to have them chime in and finish the thing. Well, I didn't hear back for a while, and eventually, my own muse kicked in and finished it off.

It sort of references the 3 of us knocking around late 70's Austin, and name checks some bands and venues we played in. The last verse is a nod to the Band, one of my great influences. Ok, I hope this isn't like explaining a joke, and then it's not funny anymore.

Josh Hunt on drums, my son Emerson Wells-Barrett on mandolin, Buddy played baritone guitar (as he is wont to do) and I played the other stuff.

Oh yeah, Buddy, Gurf and I trade verse lines and all 3 of us sing the chorus.

Lyrics

Three young alleycats sitting on a fence

Trying to find a way to make their rents

It don’t take much but it takes all we got

 

So we show up for work at the lumber yard

The money’s not bad, the work’s not hard

But it’s gonna take a few more two-steps to get out of here

 

Watching the stars rise and fall

Don’t it seem like the universe used to be a little bit smaller

 Way back when

Now the universe will never be the same again

 

At the fork in the road there’s a hole in the wall

The stage is set, but it’s kind of small

Hey, I think I heard someone singing my song

 

Country loving doesn’t hold the key

But there’s something in her eyes I see

Something so rare when she sings

 

Watching the stars rise and fall

Don’t it seem like the universe used to be a little bit smaller

 Way back when

Now the universe will never be the same again

 

We’re all passing time

Who knows just what we’ll find

We’ll all be paid in kind

 

Now the dust has settled, the wind has blown

The ashes are scattered and the kids are grown

And how long we can howl at the moon, no one can tell

I’m not prepared for the rockin’ chair,

I heard that thing ain’t going nowhere

So Rick, Richard and Levon won’t you wait a spell

 

Watching the stars rise and fall

Don’t it seem like the universe used to be a little bit smaller

 Way back when

Now the universe will never be the same again

No, the universe will never be the same again