Queen Of The Neon

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I wrote this song alone . . . some of it in my apartment, some in my car, wherever I was . . . and some of it while I was doing temp work (or I suppose, more accurately when I WASN'T doing temp work . . .) I can remember sitting at a desk in one of the offices at TSU while I worked out the lyrics to the chorus of this tune. There is no real-life specific "Ruby", but she certainly reminds me of some of the characters that I've met out in the honky-tonks.

One of my favorite places while I was in California was the "Cowboy Palace" in Chatsworth, CA . . .
(it's been used as a 'honky-tonk location' in a lot of movies). I borrowed part of the name for this
fictional locale. She might have also been at Cousin's, The Longhorn, the BanDar, or a few other of my favorite California honky-tonks back before I moved to Nashville.

- Jeffrey Scott Stewart

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QUEEN OF THE NEON

Ruby comes into the "Palace"
Most every night of the week
Everyone knows her around here
And that's how she wants it to be

There ain't no strangers in this place for long
She makes 'em feel right at home

She's the Queen of the Neon
The "Belle of the Ball"
And she glows in the flourescent light
She might be ordinary
But not till tomorrow
She's the Queen of the Neon tonight

She's got a son in Nevada
They say he's a gambler by trade
I'll bet she misses her family
But Ruby, she won't move away

We won't be losin' her anytime soon
She's made herself right at home

She's the Queen of the Neon
The "Belle of the Ball"
And she glows in the flourescent light
She might be ordinary
But not till tomorrow
She's the Queen of the Neon tonight

She might be ordinary
But not till tomorrow
She's the Queen of the Neon tonight

Written by Jeffrey Scott Stewart
Copyright Blue Clover Music (ASCAP)

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from Honky​-​Tonk Opera, released March 4, 2009
All Instruments/Vocals by Jeffrey Scott Stewart

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Jeffrey Scott Stewart Houston, Texas

Originally from Southern California, and now - after sixteen years of "seasoning" in Nashville, Tennessee - based in Houston, Texas.

Jeff has had his songs heard in movies, documentaries, television and radio from Australia to Seattle to Switzerland.

Live performances feature a wide variety of original music using guitar, tenor banjo, accordion, mandolin, violin, ukelele and harmonica.
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