Third Rate Romance

Album: Stacked Deck (1975)
Charted: 14
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  • Sittin at a tiny table in a ritzy restaurant
    While she was staring at her coffee cup
    And he was trying to keep his courage up by applyin' booze

    Talk was small when they talked at all
    They both knew what they wanted
    There was no need to talk about it
    But they were old enough to talk it out and keep it loose

    She said you don't look like my type but I guess you'll do

    Third rate romance low-rent rendezvous
    He said I'll even tell you that I love you if you want me too
    thrid rate romance low-rent rendezvous

    When they left the bar they got in his car and they drove away
    He drove to the family inn
    She didn't even have to pretend she didn't know what for
    Then he went to the desk and made his request while she waited outside
    He came back with the key and she said give it to me and I'll unlock the door

    She kept saying I've never really done this kind of thing before, have you?

    Third rate romance low-rent rendezvous
    And 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: 12

  • Joe Murphy from Acworth, GaYep saw the Aces open up for Jimmy Buffett in ‘78 or ‘79 and they told same story of writing TRR at the original Ruby’s! Used to hang out there, it was a cool spot before they grew into a chain and went all corporate.
  • 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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