Song titles in italics.
It was a Hot August Night.
She got out of the Big Yellow Taxi and shimmied across the sidewalk. Of all the crusty juke joints in town, she had to shimmy into mine. Seeing her again here at Club A Gogo, Something got a hold of my heart.
“Baby, it’s you!” I hugged her close but couldn’t help wondering why she was here?
“Yes, it’s Li’l ol’ Wine drinker Me.” She purred
“What’s New, Pussycat? I haven’t seen you since that Rainy Night in Georgia.”
She smiled slowly. I knew I was a Sharp Dressed Man. She sat her well-rounded Tush on a bar stool. She was a Long Tall Woman in a Black Dress. I’d known Victoria since we were Oh, Very Young. I never could forget that time in the Summer of ’69……….whatever she wanted I knew I’d do. Even after all this time she could still Play Me.
“Do you wanna dance?”
“Wine?” I asked but she was a Hard Woman to Please.
She wanted One Bourbon, One Scotch and One Beer.
Seated at a table by the window, I watched her with her drink.
“There’s something on your mind –you know with me you can Tell it Like it is.” I smiled at her encouragingly. She didn’t answer right away then She said Yeah.
I had another long drag on my drink. I was becoming Comfortably Numb then she finally spoke.
“I fought the law and the law won. Help. I’m not cut out for a Chain Gang.”
She explained the shoot out in detail.
I didn’t know how I was going to help her. Victoria started to Shake.
“Little Girl – I Can’t Believe it” I stared at her for a long time. Was she teasing me? I was Undecided.
Suddenly three men resembling underworld thugs burst through the door, they were obviously Searchin’.
“We’ve gotta get out of this place”, I whispered then grabbed her hand and I ran.
‘Take it easy” she panted, running to keep up with me. We ran out of the Green Door, across the street and into the lobby of the Hotel California.
“We’ll be safe here.”
We looked at each other. I desperately wanted a cigarette but I knew she hated it when Smoke gets in your eyes.
“I’ll never be safe again.” She uttered quietly. At that moment, I just wanted to be Seduced.