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State Line Cafe

©1996 Sandra L. Reay
©2008
Sandra L. Reay / B.J. Suter

Colorado Sandstorm Music, B.M.I.

 
chorus {Just an ...} old truck-stop in the middle of nowhere
  That gray weathered place called the State Line Cafe
  Stop in for some coffee, a burger or French fries
  The next place to stop is an hour away
 
1.
Built in the twenties, survived the depression
  Pouring coffee for truckers on that lonesome blacktop
  Dave bought the place to be out of the city
  Cooking hash browns and chicken for the people who stop
 
2.
Then crews widened the highway. They took out the curve
  Engineers said it was safer that way
  Now the trucks don't have access so they keep on rolling
  On up to Wyoming past the State Line Cafe
  {Past that ...}
 
chorus  
 
3.
Jackie served the last breakfast three eggs over easy
  One piece of bacon, three slices of toast
  Then they threw out their dreams with the leftover coffee
  Where they're headed, nobody knows
  {Left that ...}
 
chorus 2 Old truck-stop in the middle of nowhere
  That gray weathered place called the State Line Cafe
  You can't stop for coffee, no burger, no French fries
  Jackie and Dave closed the State Line today
   
coda Yeah, Jackie and Dave closed the State Line today
 
 

The original melody was an uninspired waltz. At a suggestion by Bob Turner, B.J. created an interesting melody in 4/4 time.

 

"I read an article in the Sunday magazine section of the paper about the State Line Cafe. After I wrote the song, I learned that my ex-husband was one of the engineers on the project that changed the highway.

"I planned to make a demo of the song and give it to Greg Lopez, the writer of the article, but, tragically, he was killed in a car accident." — San

 
Airplay:
  • State Line Cafe was aired on "Four Strong Winds," KVMR, Nevada City, on May 26, 2010.
  • State Line Cafe was aired on "Rocky Mountain Bluegrass," KOLT FM, 100.7 FM, Cheyenne WY, on Feb 28, 2010.
 
State Line Cafe
Full-length Demo / Rough
 
 
Samples from Production Versions:
 
I Wanted to Fly - Sandy Reay & Friends
I Wanted to Fly CD

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Sandy Reay & Friends: I Wanted to Fly
 
 
 
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