Third Rate Romance

Album: Stacked Deck (1975)
Charted: 14
  • Sitting at a fancy table, in a ritzy restaurant,
    He was staring at his coffee cup,
    Trying to get his courage up.
    The talk was small when they talked at all,
    They both knew what they wanted,
    There was no need to talk about it,
    They were old enough to talk it out, and still keep it loose.

    Third rate romance, low rent rendezvous,
    Then he said, "You don't look like my type, but I guess you'll do."
    Third rate romance, low rent rendezvous,
    He said, "I'll tell you I love you, if you want me to."
    Third rate romance, low rent rendezvous,

    They left the bar, got in his car, and they drove away;
    They drove to the Family Inn, she didn't even have to pretend.
    She waited in the car and he went to the desk,
    Made his request while she waited outside.
    When he came back with the key she said,
    "Give it to me and I'll unlock the door."

    She said, "I've never done this kind of thing before, have you?"
    Third rate romance, low rent rendezvous
    He said, "Yes I have, but only a time or two."
    Third rate romance, low rent rendezvous
    Third rate romance, low rent rendezvous
    Third rate romance, low rent rendezvous. Writer/s: RUSSELL SMITH
    Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 11

  • Nell from MoI read somewhere that one of Sam Phillips' sons produced this. Sam from Sun Records. True?
  • Bruce Belitz from TennesseRussell wrote this song in the original Ruby Tuesday on Cumberland avenue in Knoxville around the time his father Howard and my mother were dating! The Family Inn was a chain in the south owned and founded by Kenneth Seaton!
  • Randy from Houghton Lake, MiI didn't like Sammy Kershaw's cover when I first heard it but it grew on me. This is still my favorite version.
  • Brent from Denair, CaA perfect song to sum up the 70's lifestyle for many.
    Bill from Pensacola: good call on the PAUSE portion of the song. Perfect timing.
  • Ken from Louisville, KyI wonder if they used the term "Family Inn" so not to get sued by Holiday Inn. No matter, it is a great metaphor. Going to the "Family Inn" for fornication - or perhaps even adultery! Gets the point across. The song is a perfect description of sexual morals of the 1970's. The scenario played out in real life countless times across the country.
  • D Ross from Salmon Arm, BcAlan Jackson does a live swing version on youtube that's pretty good.
  • Dt from Gulf Breeze, FlHad a few of these in my day. Great fun, great memories. Great tune.
  • Carolyn from Knoville, TnWhat a great song! I just stop whatever I'm doing whenever I hear it on the radio and listen to it.
  • Bill from Pensacola, Flthis is one of those (few) songs where all the words mattered AND everyone knew the words!,
    we used to love the pause after "I've never really done this kind of thing before.........PAUSE
    .have you?"
    Then the guitar answers for all of us! great song writing.
  • Matthew from Roseville, CaGood old song...
  • Guy from Woodinville, WaLove this song! It's such a well-crafted portrait of these rather sad, lonely (yet horny) people. The Amazing Rhythm Aces' version is the only one I know, BTW.
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