They Took Out The Bend

They Took Out The Bend

Gwyn Jones's picture

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These words by John S. Alty vividly describe what happened when Route 66 was diverted and left Oatman, AZ, USA, a ghost town...

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Through unwashed windows the sunlight streams
Onto empty bottles and broken dreams
The barstools and tables no longer used
The jukebox is silent, the light circuit fused

The baker next door doesn’t make crusty bread
The oven stays cold, the owner has fled
Same for the butcher, the fire house crew
Hotel’s boarded up, the gas station too

Route 66 was this town's godsend
It brought the tourists with dollars to spend
They diverted the road, took out the bend
For this Arizona town that was the end

In that ghostly bar I once sang and played
Happy folks drank, on the dance floor they swayed
Now tumbleweed rolls through each dusty street
It’s a town where nowhere and no place meet

Route 66 was this town's godsend
It brought the tourists with dollars to spend
They diverted the road, took out the bend
For this Arizona town that was the end



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lowhum's picture

The desolation is really felt in a classic country feel, though it has some positiveness in the air that some day...

Gwyn Jones's picture

Thanks...apparently Oatman has become a tourist attraction now as a ghost town with feral burros roaming the streets so you're right about there being some positiveness...

metalfoot's picture

The music fairly laments the loss of the highway and the vitality of the town. I wonder how many towns have gone ghost-town on account of being bypassed over the years...

Gwyn Jones's picture

Thanks...great lyrics John!

cindyrella's picture

I lived this lyric and oh how perfect your take on them. This is how lonely sounds good!

Gwyn Jones's picture

I love your comment..."This is how lonely sounds good"...thanks Cindy!

RalphCarl's picture

''They took out the bend" is a great hook and the lonesome images presented-(empty bottles and broken dreams),(Now tumbleweed rolls through each dusty street) make for a great country song. I love the way you draw the phrases out ,and tossing Route 66 in there is an excellent plus to the song. Really good collaboration.

Gwyn Jones's picture

What a nice appraisal...thank you...Saltyjohn writes some great lyrics...

philmcmill's picture

Excellent lyrics and music! Very catchy melody, nice layering. Nice harmony in the chorus. Cool instrumentation. Music definitely got the feeling of the words. Good collab!

cts's picture

I never knew the full extent and relevance of R66, but you have rendered a memorable ode to such a legendary landmark.

cleanshoes's picture

Absolutely love these lyrics, and Gwyn's treatment conveys the nostalgia for "what used to be" quite well. Nice harmonica solo, too!

Gwyn Jones's picture

So good of you to say...yep top notch lyrics and thank you...