Sundown In Smallville

Words & Music by Dennis Tracy
Copyright 2007 by Play Among The Stars Music

There’s a man wearing glasses thick as coke bottles watchin’ me
Went to school with Elvis graduated ‘53
Says he likes my songs

Sittin’ there with his hair slicked back in a pompadour, turning grey
Says he cried the day Elvis passed away
So’d the wife & kid

Sundown in Smallville
Run down little nowhere at all ville
No lights on main street
Just a neon flashing beer
Some folks sit drinking
Rum & cokes while Smallville is shrinking
Still feeding nickels to a jukebox they can’t hear

An old silver haired lady waitin’ for the bus to come smiles at me
Says I look like the son she lost in ‘43
But his eyes were blue
She remembers well the day the black topped letter came – it was a Saturday
She & Papa just get home from the matinee
Sissy had the flu

Sundown in Smallville
Run down little nowhere at all ville
No lights on main street
Just a neon flashing beer
Some folks sit drinking
Rum & cokes while Smallville is shrinking
Still feeding nickels to a jukebox they can’t hear

A little boy with his t-shirt torn waves to me like an old friend would
He doesn’t know I’m a stranger here in the neighborhood
Only passing through
Every day he wakes to the sound of a sick old man coughing coal
Thirty years in the mines and the coal dust takes its toll
Daddy’s days are few

Sundown in Smallville
Run down little nowhere at all ville
No lights on main street
Just a neon flashing beer
Some folks sit drinking
Rum & cokes while Smallville is shrinking
Still feeding nickels to a jukebox they can’t hear
To a jukebox they can’t hear…