George and the Arizona Star
Arizona Star 3:24 (Guy Clark / Rich Alves) ã 2002 EMI April Music Inc. & Acuff-Rose Music, Inc. (ASCAP) Guy Clark: vocal, guitar Verlon Thompson: guitar Darrell Scott: dobro Overdubs: Verlon Thompson: mandolin Darrell Scott: accordion, marimbula Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings: harmony vocals ‘Twas in the town of Nashville in the year of ‘75 This Arizona star just fell out of the sky Shinin’ like a diamond she had tombstones in her eyes She liked drinkin’ she liked smokin’ she liked dancin’ in the aisle She was a pre Madonna primadonna part time southern belle She shoulda been an actress she played the part so well She might’ve been a singer you really couldn’t tell She was the Arizona star and she was born to give ‘em hell Chorus When you’re cool the sun shines all the time So she always kept her shades on to keep from goin’ blind She was cool she was out there so far Nothin’ less and nothin’ more than the Arizona star She had a girlfriend named George and George carried a sword And wore purple tights and hung out every night I’m talkin’ ‘bout a circus I’m talkin’ ‘bout three rings Four or five clowns in a washing machine She never met a stranger as far as I could tell She was the Arizona star Jim McGuire he knew her well She made real an oxymoron she made mirrors she made smoke She had a curve ball that wouldn’t quit a girlfriend for a joke
It was in the fall of 1973 that I saw George and the Arizona Star in a club in San Francisco. I think I even shared the stage with them in an open mic night scene at Coffee Gallery on Grant. Either way I was a fan the second I heard the music and humor. "Mock Rock" is what they called their act.
I was such a fan that while working at a silkscreen printing company I designed and printed a few George and the Arizona Star tee shirts with a dripping ice cream cone with a cherry on top the was something reminiscent of a Magnollia Thunderpuusy cone from Haight Street. I know I have my wife's original shirt somewhere ... I swear after forty years I'll find it and send it to Girl George who is still rockin' in Berkeley and Nashville.