Song of the Day #3,999: ‘Throng of Blowtown’ – Mary Lou Lord

Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads out there, especially my own father, who has loved, supported and challenged me in so many ways over the years.

If the Random iTunes Fairy has a sentimental streak, she’ll serve up a little Frank Sinatra in honor of my dad. Let’s spin the wheel and see what we get.

Well, nothing serendipitous here… just a truly random selection of a lovely song from Mary Lou Lord’s 1998 debut album Got No Shadow.

Lord made a name for herself performing in Boston subway stations and later befriended Kurt Cobain and Elliott Smith before releasing this very well-received album. She didn’t do much to follow it up, however, releasing only three albums since (including a Kickstarter-funded effort that dropped in 2015).

Enjoy, fathers, and everybody else as well!

Bring out the Bushmills and bring on the band
Tonight we’ll dance and swing
I’ll sing you softly, my dear, take my hand
And we’ll toast to proposals and flings

Bring out the jester and shoot out the lights
Rattle your diamonds and pearls
There’s swill for the swine and pills for the mind
More rhythm and booze for the girls

And those were the days when it all made sense
An awesome and glorious hoedown
54 studio discotheques
To welcome in the throng of Blowtown
Welcome in the throng of Blowtown

When Sonny gets dumped, he’ll see red for a while
He’s not the kind to get yellow
Tonight, tonight, the Billys will fight
Over copyright laws, but stay mellow

And a typical day, you can hear someone say
We need the groove to improve
So go find Carol Kaye
But she can’t be found, she’s gone underground
In a carpal tunnel freeze-out, she’s retirement-bound

And those were the days when it all made sense
An awesome and glorious hoedown
54 studio discotheques to welcome in the throng of Blowtown
Welcome in the throng of Blowtown
Ain’t nothing like Motown
The throng of Blowtown

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,999: ‘Throng of Blowtown’ – Mary Lou Lord

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Happy Father’s Day to you!

  2. Peg says:

    Dad thanks you for your thoughts and we both wish you, Dana and all the fathers a happy day from Barcelona ❤️

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