Wednesday, October 04, 2017

WACKY WEDNESDAY: Tribute to the American Waitress



She's more than just a server of food.

In American song, the waitress is a friend and frequently a fantasy lover of truckdrivers, starry-eyed poets, lonesome drifters and other lost souls on the Lost Highway.

She's appeared in the work of some of my favorite songwriters. Below are just a few examples




Loudon Wainwright III has some advice that any waitress would appreciate in a song "for Patty and all the girls ..." Tip that waitress!"



The Roches sing "Mr. Sellack" from the point of view of a waitress having to grovel to get her job back.



Here's a classic by Santa Fe's own Terry Allen, "The Beautiful Waitress."



Sometimes waitresses fantasize about their customers, at least in the fantasies of Dan Hicks. Here's "Sweetheart (Waitress at a Donut Shop)," sung by Maryann Price.



Kinky Friedman wrote at least a couple of songs about waitresses. Here's "Waitret Please Waitret."



But Kinky's greatest waitress song is "Highway Cafe" sung here by Tom Waits on a Kinky tribute album.





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