Ode to Jim Manning

June 23rd, 2020 by Ken

(Editors note:  In the late 70’s and into the 80’s, a number of entertainers made their home – temporarily – in Lacey.  Many of them performed at the Red Bull in its lounge.  Some were involved in other projects.  One of them was Jim Manning, who opened his own facility and for a while leased Richard’s Roundhouse, renaming it The Doo Wop Diner.  This is my tribute to him and to the other traveling entertainers who appeared in Lacey)

Jimmie was a friend of mine.  Always helped me pass the time.  Wore his heart outside himself for all the lonely word to see.

Jimmy turned to song and joke with a guitar and lots of hope.  Looking for a place to land, not another one night stand.

Jimmy always did his best, tried to answer each request.  Played his song and all the rest.  Not always with success.

And when the crowd had cleared the room, Jim was left with just the tune.  Looking for a place to land, not another one night stand.

Now its better, now its worse, first a tune and then a verse.  Never knowing how it ends – or just how it began.

Jimmie left this town you know, still had a need to roam.  Looking for a place to go.  A place that he could call his own.

Jimmy was a friend of mine.  Really helped my pass the time.  Hope he found a place to land – not another one night stand.

Posted in History, The Real News


(comments are closed).