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24 Sep 2008

The Story Behind "La Cienaga Just Smiled"



Coming out of Raleigh, N.C., Adams works in a country-rock hybrid similar to the Byrds or Gram Parsons. Elton has called Adams' "Heartbreaker" albums as "the most beautiful album of 2000," and he credits the work with inspiring him to get back to basics on his album, "Songs From the West Coast": "If I hadn't heard Heartbreaker, I'd probably be lost in overproduction somewhere" explained Elton.

The night Ryan Adams and Elton John shared a stage together, was on April 2, 2002. Showing his deep admiration for Ryan Adams, Sir Elton John addressed the young rock and roller as "fabulous one" during a taping for "CMT Crossroads", in Studio A at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. "Let's see if you know this one," Elton John says modestly, leading into his classic "Tiny Dancer." The two artists collaborated on all performances of the one-hour show, with additional interview and behind-the-scenes footage.

"La Cienega Just Smiled"
Lyrics by Ryan Adams

"Oh the night... here it comes again"
It's on with the jeans, the jacket and the shirt
How'd I end up feeling so bad
For such a little girl
And I hold you close in the back of my mind
Feels so good but damn it makes me hurt
And I'm too scared to know to how I feel about you now
La Cienega just smiles..."see ya around"
And I hold you close in the back of my mind
And raise my glass 'cause either way I'm dead
Neither of you really help me to sleep anymore
One breaks my body and the other breaks my soul
La Cienega just smiles as it waves goodbye
"Ah the night...here it comes again"
It's off with the jeans, the jacket and the shirt
How'd I end up feeling so bad
For such a little girl
And I hold you close in the back of my mind
Feels so good but damn it makes me hurt
And I'm too scared to know how I feel about you now
How I feel about you now
La Cienega just smiles and says, "I'll see you around"
"

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