Shaidri Alrich
Darlin'
(Don't Wait Up for Me Tonight)


Shaidri truly has the voice of an angel, and I knew her voice should be the first in the song circle. She has known this song for a long time, but not from its honkey-tonk roots. (Jack and I were relaxing on the Pitch'n'Putt behind the Split Rail for a Balcones Fault break when this song was born, eight years before Shaidri.) She freed this wonderful tune from its roadhouse shackles (with the able support of concertmeister Floyd). Not wanting to wait for all of Taking Turns to be completed, Armadillo Records recorded and released the critically acclaimed Carry Me Home.

We cut the rhythm tracks with her scratch vocal at Cedar Creek (after the rhythm section had cut Until You Walked Out on Me with Craig Toungate and Don't Be Nowhere with Mady Kaye). Later, almost-brother Larry and Hank teamed up at the La-Z-L for a guitar/mandolin session. Once Spencer had replaced his original acoustic bass part with electric bass, Shaidri could record the final vocal. After the third take, she wanted to do it again, and Randy Sulsar remarked, "I don't know why - she keeps doing it exactly the same." And, I might add, with feeling each time. So we recorded one more take, I kept the previous one, and we called it a day after thirty minutes! As Chet was about to mix, rather than edit previous takes, Hank grabbed his Gibson Model A mandolin, along with his Schoepps mics and cut the final mandolin track - fittingly the last recording for Taking Turns.


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Floyd Domino
Spencer Starnes
Art Kidd
Larry Nye
Hank Alrich
piano
electric bass
drums
guitars
mandolin
Fred Remmert
Larry Nye
Spencer Starnes
Chet Himes
Cedar Creek Studio (South Austin)
La-Z-L Studio (Kingsland)
Bee Creek Studio (Spicewood)
ASM Studio (Austin)

DARLIN' (Don't Wait Up for Me Tonight)

DARLIN', don't wait up for me tonight.
I'll be late, but, love, I'll be alright.
The bright lights and the music are callin' me away,
And I must go, but I'll be home.
And I swear I'll love you all the time I'm gone.
Yes, I swear I'll love you all the time I'm gone.

Dear, it's not the limelight or the wine.
It's the music poundin' in this heart of mine.
The music can be jealous like a lover.
So I must go, but I'll be home.
And I swear I'll love you all the time I'm gone.
Yes, I swear I'll love you all the time I'm gone.

Loud music hurts your ears, smoke burns your eyes.
And you don't like those screams and drunken cries.
Well, I don't like 'em either, still I go there.
To sit and sing, the same old song.
And I swear I'll love you all the time I'm gone.
Yes, I swear I'll love you all the time I'm gone.

by Jack Jacobs & Fletcher Clark
2010, Armadillo Music (ASCAP). All Rights Reserved.

rev. 07/29/10