True, it’s of dubious relevance to the awful situation going on there now, except whenever I hear the word “Baltimore” I immediately flash on Bobby Bare’s classic 1966 country/pop hit “Streets of Baltimore,” up there with “500 Miles Away From Home” as my favorite Bare songs.
At least the melancholy tune, penned by Tompall Glaser and Harlan Howard and covered notably by the Flying Burrito Brothers and the Del McCoury Band, does center around the night life of Baltimore–dead for tonight at least due to the 10 p.m. curfew.
“Her heart was filled with laughter when she saw those city lights
She said the prettiest place on earth is Baltimore at night”
Let’s hope it’s better–for all of us–in the nights to come.
Here’s the studio version, produced by Chet Atkins: