Doobie Brothers - Black Water
Summer Songs #6
Summer of ‘76. A church fair, sitting underneath the spinning ride thing that makes everyone puke eating zeppoles and pickles and sharing a Marlboro with a girl from the next town I wasn’t supposed to be seen with because our towns were rivals and we were stupid Long Island teenagers who thought we were living inside The Outsiders (I have a really long story about that).
There was Doug, who had a summer job with this amusement company and he was working the ride. This song was playing when he caught my eye. He walked over to us, bummed a cigarette and I agreed to meet him back at the Puke-O-Rama after the fair closed down for the night. We talked, shared a brief kiss and I agreed to meet him back there the next night.
This song was playing again (pretty sure the tape they played contained only this, Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll” and Steve Millers “Fly Like An Eagle”) and again I said I’d meet him when the fair shut down.
We dated for a few weeks and during those few weeks I discovered - from his mother - that he had another girlfriend. Suzanne. He swore they weren’t a “thing” anymore so I continued to see him throughout the summer and into the fall.
Then came the “Hi, I’m in jail” phone call (oddly enough, not the last one of those I would get from a boyfriend) and when I went to visit him as his mother asked me to, I wasn’t on his allowed list of visitors. But Suzanne was. I went home, got drunk and wrote a hateful poem about him while listening to Black Water and filed the whole experience under “things I’ll laugh about later.”