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Cruisin'

from Last Man Standing by Jim Love

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I couldn't have been more than 13 when my mom's boyfriend's son took me out on a Friday night to cruise Arthur Street in what was then Port Arthur (now Thunder Bay). I don't know if he got stuck with me, I suspect he did, but he was gracious about it. I sat in the back seat in awe as we cruised down the main drag, back up up and around the high school and back again. It was magic. I really did feel like the "King of Friday Night"

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Cruisin’

Music and Lyrics by Jim Love

Johnny did a thing with a toothpick, he made it twirl like an acrobat
Eddy was riding shotgun in a 63 Pontiac
And me I’m sitting in the backseat – laughing as we pulled from the light
We were looking for fun, we were loaded for bear, we were the kings of Friday night.
And we were cruising yeah. We were cruising yeah. We were cruising yeah. We were cruising yeah

There goes Debbie Foreman, she’s coming out of the Appalon
She’s got long red hair and big green eyes and legs that go on and on
And I could swear she smiled me, but maybe it was just the light
It may not be real, but it made me feel like the king of Friday night.
And we were cruising yeah. We were cruising yeah. We were cruising yeah. We were cruising yeah

Ah, sweet, sweet summer night and we’re cruising yeah,
Ah. Flashing neon lights and we’re cruising yeah,
Ah. Nothing going on in this one-horse town,
Ah, roll the windows down and we’ll cruise downtown, cruising round…
And we’re cruising…

Johnny leaned back and he looked at me and he’s wearing this great big grin
She’s out of your league, you’re dreaming boy, but I wasn’t listening
Cause anything is possible, on a sweet, sweet summer night
When you’re rolling along with the windows down – with the kings of Friday night.
And we were cruising yeah. We were cruising yeah. We were cruising yeah. We were cruising yeah

Ah, sweet, sweet summer night and we’re cruising yeah,
Ah. Flashing neon lights and we’re cruising yeah,
Ah. Nothing going on in this one-horse town,
Ah, roll the windows down and we’ll cruise downtown, cruising round…
And we’re cruising…

And we were cruising yeah. We were cruising yeah. We were cruising yeah. We were cruising yeah….(fade out)

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from Last Man Standing, released April 1, 2022
Ray Montford guitar
Lynne Moffatt backup vocals

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Jim Love Ontario

I wrote my first song when I was about 14 with the line "write me, box nothing, Trans Canada Highway". A few months later, I ran away to Vancouver. The songs never stopped.

In my 20's a Juno nomination and gold album as a writer for a kid's band. A couple of musicals live and on CBC and a series of songs.

After 40 years I'm back with some of my best songs. Never too late.
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