The following selection is by Johnny Cash & June Carter.
Has Officially Dedicated This Song To:
A Singing Duo:
So Much In Love....
Jack Blanchard And Misty Morgan
Where Did We Go Right
OUT THERE IN THE DARK
He sang the closing bars of the song
and the audience roared their appreciation.
He could hear them rising from their seats for the standing ovation,
but he couldn't see beyond the stage lights.
At first he had been elated at the enthusiasm coming from the darkness.
but now he was beginning to wonder about it.
Something strange was going on.
He'd opened the show with his latest country record,
and had done two songs since.
Each had evoked whistles, shouts, and standing applause.
At least it sounded like they were standing up.
He looked back at his band for support,
but there was just a sequin curtain behind him.
Where the hell were those idiots?
And where was this backup music coming from?
He hated canned music,
especially since he was paying his musicians top money.
He had always paid his band and road crew well,
because that entitled him to the power he deserved.
After all, he was the star.
So he got high and made out with one of the wives.
And who says he doesn't have a right to yell at them, on stage or off.
A little humiliation kept them in line.
You had to be tough to handle a bunch of ignorant pickers on the road.
He said into the mike, "Well, folks,
they had a livestock inspection at the state line,
and I guess I lost my whole band."
Laughter washed up from the dark like a tidal wave.
He didn't think the joke was that funny.
Was somebody pulling a practical joke?
Maybe his own wife had put them up to it.
She was probably still mad over that little black eye.
My God! That was over a week ago!
He was paying all the bills, and it was his damn show!
They'd all better get used to it.
What was the next song?
They were causing him to lose his place in front of his fans.
That was unforgivable. He'd make them all pay later.
He strummed a chord on his guitar, trying to think.
The crowd went wild!
What the hell? One chord brings the house down?
He said, "What's going on folks? Is this some kind of a trick?"
Quiet now from the dark.
Just a cough from somewhere way back.
"Look, I'm a star and you yokels better not screw with me!"
Quiet again, except for a child softly crying.
A tall man in a dusty tuxedo came out on stage,
and said, "Isn't this a great show, folks?"
The applause was louder and wilder than ever.
The strange emcee started to walk off,
but Bobby Lee grabbed his arm and said
"What the hell is going on here, pal?
The emcee turned and looked at him with eyes that were just shadows.
He said, "It's exactly what you've always wanted, Bobby Lee."
Then the shadow-eyed master of ceremonies said:
"Complete control... forever."
The crowd roared again...
if that really was a crowd out there.
Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan
Home Page: http://www.jackandmisty.net
Billboard Duet of the Year, Grammy and CMA Finalists
© Jack Blanchard, 2018