"Hey St. Peter" as written by and George Young Harry Vanda....
The morning was cold and lonely
City lights old and grey
The sun arose trying to smile
Gave it all away
The honky-tonk called a stranger
The stranger couldn't pay the bill
Made a stand, raised his hand
Sang a song, no time to kill

I said, Hey, hey, hey, St. Peter
I've got a tale to tell
I've just been down in New York town
It really feels like hell
It really feels like hell

Billy was out of fashion
Manhattan was years ago
Yesterday he wasted time
Money was kind of slow
Billy had friends of glory
Billy was a friend of fame
Took a chance, raised his hand
Sang a song, now he's back in the game

Hey, St. Peter
Before you ring your bell
Just been down in New York town
Done my time in hell
Done my time in hell

I said, Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, St. Peter
Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, St. Peter
Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, St. Peter
It really feels like hell
It really feels like hell
It really feels like hell



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    General CommentI am going to guess Hey St. Peter has something to do with drugs because of the line " The stranger couldn't pay the bill". Because of the line " Sang a song, now he's back in the game" the song may have something to do with trying to get into show business in New York. But, it does not say what is wrong with being in New York, other then "money was kind of low." I heard about a case of singers trying to make in Nashville and the paid money to be listed in a magazine called Cash Box. I wondered if maybe this was a similar thing, but in New York. Maybe Billy is a singer trying to make it in New York? The money was kind of low and could not pay the bill could mean Billy is running out of money to pay the promoters to push his songs. The Cash Box Murder happened after this song was written however, so it can't be related to the incident at Cash Box Magazine. The lyrics are very vague. I found the video on You Tube, and I did not like it. It did not bring any new meaning to light. The only part that was watchable was when the two guys were singing the song on a microphone, but they were probably lip syncing. If someone has insider information from the group Flash in the Pan, which by the way has a connection to Angus Young of AC/DC, I would like to know what this songs means, and what they were thinking when they wrote the song and made the video.
    tropicalthoughton October 27, 2014   Link

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