Long Lonely Night

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“Long Lonely Night” captures the emotional state during the first night of a very bad and permanent break-up.


Long Lonely Night c. 2014 Sidney S. Whelan

An empty bed,
Cracks in the wall.
Voices in my head
Playin` our last phone call,
It`s gonna be a long,
Long, Long lonely night.

I tried to forget her
Thought I'd be alright
But then I thought I mighta seen her.
By the pale moon light
So it's gonna be a long.
Long, long lonely night.

I hear footsteps on the staircase
So I open the door.
It’s just a man with a suitcase
Climbin’ up one more floor.
It`s gonna be a long,
Long, Long lonely night.

The blues ain`t no kind of friend
I didn`t never wanna see her again
But she jumps up and grabs you
Wraps her arms around you
How do you
Make her let go ?

I hear footsteps on the ceiling,
They havin' a ball upstairs.
I'm watchin' paint peelin'
Run a hand thru my hair.
It's gonna be a long,
Long, long lonely night.


from The Story of Ike Dupree, track released December 22, 2014
Vocals: Sid Whelan, Capathia Jenkins, Robbi Hall Kumalo, Darryl Tookes
Trombone: Fred Wesley
Trumpet: Eleazar Shafer
Saxophone: Phillip Whack
Drums: Richard Huntley
Bass: Marco Panascia
Organ: Jerry Z
Guitars: Sid Whelan



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Sid Whelan is a veteran guitarist who for many years backed singers in world music acts. Recently he returned for songwriting inspiration to his love of American music pre-1960: the blues and country, folk, bluegrass, Tin Pan Alley, Broadway and jazz. He has begun a songwriting project with those influences in mind, tackling often difficult themes of contemporary American life for his lyrics. ... more

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