The Graveyard Shift (2021)

Song Description

Life of a writer, in a diner, during the "graveyard" shift, what he sees, what he feels.

Song Length 3:50 Genre Folk - Alternative, Folk - Contemporary
Tempo Medium (111 - 130) Lead Vocal Male Vocal
Mood Sociable Subject Life
Language English Era 2000 and later


The Graveyard Shift
© 2008, 2012, 2021 Words and Music by Warren Hein
In this blurry cafe
I write a song that tries to fit
'Till daylight comes
No one here cares how long I sit
Tonight I look through dinosaur eyes
But man I'm no T-Rex
I won't slowly die
Another napkin attempt
To pen something the planet likes
But at this hour can I say it right
It's the graveyard shift
Chorus 1
That pretty waitress calls me angel
Can I find the nerve to talk to her
Was that her skirt that brushed my table
Love at first sight or for a bigger tip
Hell who knows
It's the graveyard shift
When I add it all up
I'd live my stories again
When it's added up
I'll get a 7--no 8 out of 10
I'm the fool who limped those extra miles
Another suburb hero
Clicks through life's turnstile
This might be a helluva stretch--
When God shines his big flashlight
If not half bad I'll be half right
In this graveyard shift
Chorus 2
Outside that hobo talks to angels
He looks up and briefly our eyes meet
The late night crew says his name is Gabriel
In that neon glow his dancing is our gift
And so ironic
Even for the graveyard shift
It's the graveyard shift
The graveyard shift
The graveyard shift

Solid Folk song. Good vocals emoting the lyrics. Pro production. Well done

Cool song. Different than anything I have reviewed so far on BJ. Take that as a complement. I liked that there were no drums in the production. I kept anticipating that they were going to come in on a fill any second, but they didn't. Nicely done!!! The hammond organ in the background was a nice touch as well. I could hear a touch of Neil Diamond and Billy Joel in the performance with a sprinkling of Van Morrison occasionally popping up. An interesting mix of influences which make it uniquely you! Nice work...

Very original and unique style in not only the song but also the presentation. Great lyrics, well written and performed.

Lyrics Warren Hein Music Warren Hein
Producer Wade Mosher/Warren Hein Publisher Warren Hein
Performance Wade Mosher instr/Brian Ruddy vocals
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