The Kiwi Cafe

THE KIWI CAFÉ

 

She gets up with the birds, five-thirty

Her eyes a little bit sandy this morning

But when she pours the lady that first cup of coffee

Take a look at them eyes; they smile, they grin

 

How you doing, Joe, hey, you’re a little early

The same over-easy, with a little cinnamon?
Here come some more hungry folks, won’t you sit a spell?
Let me open the blinds, let a little more sunshine in

 

Welcome to the Kiwi Café

Never a better way to start your day

It may be a little loud for you

But the service is quick and the food’s good, too

Welcome to the Kiwi, have a nice day!

 

All the businessmen with a tie and a briefcase

Only have an hour, something fast with a good taste

Get the order from the lady with the boy in the bright orange cap

Better not let the soup get cold

But thank you, ma’am, for the chat!

 

It makes you feel like you’re in Friendly Town

All the people, how they laugh

And they bustle and they run around

Thank you for coming, yeah, see you tomorrow

Where you never have to beg, no, you never have to borrow

 

Welcome to the Kiwi Café

Never a better way to start your day

It may be a little loud for you

But the service is quick and the food’s good, too

Welcome to the Kiwi, have a nice day!

 

This song was first recorded in Los Angeles for Annie’s 2006 “compilation” CD, which was half Shut Up Marie songs that Annie sang at her solo/acoustic shows, and half new solo/acoustic songs that were recorded by a friend in L.A. (Sean Householder).  Householder helped Annie out by recording about 6 new songs (just her voice & her guitar) at no charge, so she could have a full-length CD to sell while she drove around the U.S., looking for gigs & couches, and learning how to make a living only playing music.  The song was worked on further at a studio in Reno with engineer/producer Tom Gordon around 2007, (the alarm clock was added along with the triangle and other sounds).  Then, around 2010, the final drum & bass tracks & new vocal & guitar tracks were added, creating the full-band mix that got released on The Kiwi Cafe 2010 CD.  On cajon: Carlos Adames, and on bass: Conway Powell.  The final recording was tracked & mixed by J. Christopher Hughes at PostHistoric Studios (Milwaukee).

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