Downstairs at danny's all-star joint
They got a juke box that goes doyt-doyt
The vice is nice, they stay in the back all day
But when the nighttime comes, hey-hey
There's this cat down there that makes a bad kinda soup
I come around struttin' my luck in my shoop coupe
Cecil gives me coffee
And he won't never take my coin
I say, "I got thirty dollars in my pocket!
Whatchoo doin'?"

I holler, "Come on, Cecil, take a dollar!
Come on, Cecil, take a ten!
I've finally geared up into a whole buncha big ones
And you're actin' like I'm down-shiftin'"

He knows all the under-riders on the boulevard
They got to barefoot cruise when it's forty-weight hard
They look particularly dead-beat
Permanently pale
Cecil picks up his butcher knife
Waves it at the jail
The kid say, "I ain't got no dough, Joe, I just want some o.j"
I said, "Don't look at me" (Cuz he was lookin' my way)
Cecil wink upon him some juice and some green
And the kid walks over and puts the quarter in the pinball machine
And he says, "Come on, Cec, gimme a dollar
Come on Cecil gimme five
I'm in a half-way house on a one-way street
And I'm a quarter past left alive"
He can talk about your people in a wonderful way
He can talk about your people 'til your hair turns grey

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Danny's All-Star Joint Lyrics as written by Rickie Lee Jones

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    General Comment

    i just found a mix tape my dad made in the mid to late 80s and this is the last song on it...i guess its not very popular since im the first one to write about it

    MissI3behavedon December 07, 2007   Link
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    This song's great. Has a great atmosphere to it, and even though I'm an Aussie, I can still feel as though it's authentic. It should be, in any case, because Rickie Lee Jones was a street-kid before she became well-known. I love that line: "I'm in a halfway house on a one-way street, and I'm a quarter past left alive." Shame I'm only the second to comment on it . . .

    NellieWhiskeyon September 12, 2009   Link
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    Just getting into Rickie Lee Jones. This is definitely my favorite song from her first album. Jazzy atmosphere, totally sounds like a place I'd want to hang out. Another stand out is "Weasel and the White Boys Cool".

    Seth17on October 08, 2012   Link
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    This is just a great song, got such a great beat, great sax. This album of Ricki-Lees just never dates. I have turned my daughter onto it now too.

    tillytesson December 14, 2022   Link

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