Amazing Rhythm Aces – Third Rate Romance

The song peaked at #14 in the Billboard 100 and #1 in Canada in 1975. This is a country/rock humorous song. Sammy Kershaw covered this song in 1994 and maybe the better-known version but this is the version I remember.


From Songfacts.

The band was formed in 1974 in Memphis by Jeff Davis and Butch McDade. By 1975 they had added Russell Smith, Barry Burton and James Hooker to the group. Burton left the group in 1977 and was replaced by Duncan Cameron. They disbanded in 1980 after the release of their album “How the Hell do you spell Rhythum?” Smith went on to be a successful songwriter, Earheart joined Hank Williams Jr’s Bama Band and Cameron joined Sawyer Brown, who had their own success with music in a similar style as the Amazing Rhythm Aces. After a hiatus of about 15 years, the group reformed in 1994 with most of the original members and began by releasing some newly recorded version of their biggest hits. They also began composing new songs for a comeback album which was delayed due to McDade’s cancer-related death in 1998. The album Chock Full of Country Goodness was finally released mid 1999.



Third Rate Romance

Sitting at a fancy table, in a ritzy restaurant,
He was staring at his coffee cup,
Trying to get his courage up.
The talk was small when they talked at all,
They both knew what they wanted,
There was no need to talk about it,
They were old enough to talk it out, and still keep it loose.

Third rate romance, low rent rendezvous,
Then he said, “You don’t look like my type, but I guess you’ll do.”
Third rate romance, low rent rendezvous,
He said, “I’ll tell you I love you, if you want me to.”
Third rate romance, low rent rendezvous,

They left the bar, got in his car, and they drove away;
They drove to the Family Inn, she didn’t even have to pretend.
She waited in the car and he went to the desk,
Made his request while she waited outside.
When he came back with the key she said,
“Give it to me and I’ll unlock the door.”

She said, “I’ve never done this kind of thing before, have you?”
Third rate romance, low rent rendezvous
He said, “Yes I have, but only a time or two.”
Third rate romance, low rent rendezvous
Third rate romance, low rent rendezvous
Third rate romance, low rent rendezvous.


Author: Badfinger (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

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