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FDP Forum / Tin Pan Alley - Songwriting / Thunderbird Motel Duet


Crozet, VA

I'm "Branded"-- my stars are ripped away
Mar 10th, 2011 02:49 PM   Edit   Profile  


On a business trip in Erie, PA, I stayed in a Comfort Inn. Across the street was the Thunderbird Motel -- I said "That's a song!" Now, down the street was the Flamingo Inn -- I haven't written that one yet.

I posted an early version at a songwriting site and the most common complaint was that the 2nd half verse really didn't go anywhere new. I kept trying to think of something else, but I couldn't -- so I went the duet route.

I wrote the original on my little classical in the hotel room into the laptop webcam mic, so I decided to keep the classical guitar here, even though I am sort of clunky on it. I thought it deserved the spot!


Thunderbird Motel Duet
(c) Emmrich 2011

(Male verses)
sitting in the thunderbird motel
parking lot's half full
and my life’s half empty
sheets didn't get changed today
they don't hand out mints or shampoo bottles
there ain't no plans to re-model

but they'll take your cash with no id
you can stay if you can pay,
it's a good place
to get out of the world's way

(male only chorus)
and i need a place to go when i want out
out of this hole I’m in
i need a place where no one's gonna tell
and i found it here at the thunderbird motel

(Female Verse)
I work down at sam’s silver moon cafe
6am coffee to the working man’s table
breakfast and lunch when I am able
I stand and wait on customers all day
tips on the counter, crumbs on the floor
I’ll stay here ‘til I can’t stand it any more

(female only chorus)
... and I found him here at the Thunderbird Motel

so don't look for us in no fancy part of town
don't look for us when the sun’s going down
we’ll be were you can’t find us
down at the thunderbird motel

(chorus again -- together)
and we need a place to go when we want out
out of this hole we’re in
we need a place where no one's gonna tell
and we found it here at the thunderbird motel
and we found it here at the thunderbird motel

Janet: vocals
Kevin: classical guitar, electric guitar, vocals
BIAB: drums, bass, acoustic guitars, harmonica, piano

Thunderbird Motel Duet

(This message was last edited by kve at 02:50 PM, Mar 10th, 2011)

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Greater Boston

Where suspense is never in short supply.
Mar 11th, 2011 04:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

"they don't hand out mints or shampoo bottles
there ain't no plans to re-model"

Awesome...your writing is constantly getting better, Kevin!

Comments are disabled but I left you 5 stars!

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Central Ky, USA

Twang Youre Magic Twanger There Froggy
Mar 25th, 2011 11:06 AM   Edit   Profile  

Great lyrics and really has a nice feel to it. Thumbs up on your work.



Jun 2nd, 2011 04:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

Sounds Great! I could see John Cougar singing and playing this one.

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