Parvin & Patterson
Arcata (If You Don't Live Through The Night)
Lyrics
ARCATA (IF YOU DON'T LIVE THROUGH THE NIGHT)
Parvin & Patterson © 2013

Hunter Thompson said the right song
On the radio takes you far
So I summoned Johnny Winter
And backed out from the bar
Then I eased her out to the frontage road
And fed that Holley gas
As I watched you shrink in the mirror
And fade into my past

Chorus:
Should've done better at saying goodbye
Well I tried to do what's right
But none of that really means a thing
If you don't live through the night

The casualties were mounting
In Arcata she'd gone mad
And by the time that I got going
Well the going had gotten bad
Well it's not like I had a lot of choice
Or a burning desire to stay
But if I could get to 101 alive
I just might stay that way

Should've done better at saying goodbye
Well I tried to do what's right
But none of that really means a thing
If you don't live through the night

(SOLO)

I detoured through Novato
It wasn't the route I chose
But I saw no point in stopping
Oh I was just too close
Just one more hour behind the wheel
Asleep beyond that bend
Lay one last liability
In bed with one loose end yeah

Should've done better at saying goodbye
Oh I tried to do what's right
Oh but none of that really means a thing
If you don't live through the night

Should've done better at saying goodbye
Yeah we don't always do what's right
But none of that really means a thing
If you don't live through the night

If you don't live through the night
Just got to get through the night
Credits
Lyrics Credits: Mark Patterson
Music Credits: Lee Parvin & Mark Patterson
Producer Credits: Parvin & Patterson
Publisher Credits: Distinguishing Marks Music, BMI
Performance Credits: Lee Parvin: Lead vocal and keyboards, Barney Doyle: Lead guitar, Jon Blaufarb: Rhythm guitar, Gary Davidson: Bass, Danny Montgomery: Drums, Nancy Hall: Background vocals
Label Credits: Distinguishing Marks Records
Description
Short Song Description:
Funk-based Blues-Rock track about violence, revenge, and survival.
Long Song Description:
Arcata tells the story of deals gone sour in Northern California,leading to murder, escape, and the desire for revenge - despite the expected collateral damage. More than anything, morals and a desire to "do the right thing" go right out the window when you're just trying to live through the night. The track features inspired vocals and keys from Lee Parvin, lead guitar by Barney Doyle, Jon Blaufarb on rhythm guitar, Gary Davidson on bass, the incomparable Danny Montgomery on drums, and Nancy Hall on background vocals.
Story Behind the Song:
Arcata is a funk-infused Blues-Rock track about murder, revenge, unlawful flight, and the simple need to survive.
Metadata
Song Length: 5:05
Primary Genre: Blues-Rock
Secondary Genre: Rock-Funk
Tempo: Medium Slow (91 - 110)
Lead Vocal: Male Vocal
Subject Matter 1: Violence
Subject Matter 2: Bad Love
Mood 1: Composed
Mood 2: Brutal
Similar Artist 1: Neville Brothers, The
Similar Artist 2: Johnny Winter
Language: English
Era: 2000 and later