The Opening Act

from by Marty Jones

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about

Few musical things are as scary and humbling to me as being the solo opening act for a show. No big volume. No far-more-talented mates to hide your flaws. No wizards to flesh out your songs and grab the attention of a crowd that’s never heard of you. I wrote this to serve as an audience icebreaker for my solo slots, and to shed light on the hurdles for the first-up sacrificial lambs at many a concert. I’ve never understood how the first people to not get paid at a music venue are the folks making the music. Do restaurants stiff the chef on a slow night? -- MJ

lyrics

Don’t go asking for your money back, I’m the warmup act
The big draw will soon hit the stage
I’m just breakin’ in the crowd with a PA half as loud
As it’s gonna be for tonight’s latest rage

I’m the opening act tonight
Burning up my dreams in limelight
I’m the opening act tonight

I’m the special guest who puts your patience to the test
With a bunch of songs you’ve never heard before
It ain’t me you paid to see and that’s alright with me
In half an hour I’ll be out the door

I’m the opening act tonight
I’ll be home in bed by midnight
I’m the opening act tonight

My sound check was a mess, my name didn’t make the press
I gotta set up in front of the band and I’m scanning the crowd for just one fan

Two bands, the doorman, the sound girl, the bar and lights
Get paid tonight
Somehow they’ll be no bones for Mr. Jones
But I got a box of CDs so when I’m done come talk to me
And don’t forget martyjones.net.

I’m the opening act tonight
Choking on one more slice of life
I’m the opening, forever hopening
I’m the opening act tonight

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from Nothing to Cry About, released January 1, 2017

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