Add Explanation
Add Meaning
New! Read & write lyrics explanations
  • Highlight lyrics and explain them to earn Karma points.
Joe Ely – Standin' At The Big Hotel lyrics

(Butch Hancock)

I was standin at a big hotel
Wishin everybody well
But if anybody paid me any mind it was hard to tell
A big policeman on his beat
Pulled his pistol and he pointed at me
Lookin down the barrel I could see the gates of hell
I was Standin' At A Big Hotel

So I went walkin down the avenue
Lookin for someone who looked like you
But I never saw a face that seemed to ring a bell
So I stopped beside the five and dime
Just window-shoppin and wastin time
When along came a gal who sold me all she had to sell
She left me Standin' At A Big Hotel
I lost my mind in the wilds of Hollywood
I did some time in the shadows where I stood
I let the cards fall where they fell...
And I found myself Standin' At A Big Hotel

A blind lady with a big tin cup
Had her pencils all sharpened up
She was standin in the door just to see what she could sell
But nobody bought a thing all night
They thought she was a pitiful sight
Lord help the gal who helps herself
Standin' At A Big Hotel

Long gone are horse n buggy days
Big limousines are here to stay
And when they see you to the door
They want something for their help
But I saw somebody make a little slip
He only left the kid a ten cent tip
You shoulda heard what I heard when I heard that bell boy yell...
Standin' At A Big Hotel

Lord Lord what's the matter with me
To pay so much for the song I sing
When all I was doin was singin it to myself
Like standin in a stagnant stream
With nothin in the world left to dream
I was dyin at the bottom of a dried up wishin well
I was Standin' At A Big Hotel

Well I know what you're thinkin today
I can feel it though I'm miles away
Everybody knows I love my southern belle
But from the east to the wild wild west
They say a bird in the hand is best
So here I am with a bird dog and a bottle of muscatel
Standin' At A Big Hotel

Lyrics taken from

  • Email
  • Correct


      Write about your feelings and thoughts

      Know what this song is about? Does it mean anything special hidden between the lines to you? Share your meaning with community, make it interesting and valuable. Make sure you've read our simple tips.
      Min 50 words
      Not bad
      This page is missing some information about the song. Please expand it to include this information. You can help by uploading artist's image, adding song structure elements, writing song meaning or creating lyrics explanation.



      [an error occurred while processing the directive]