AT AMBER

I'm calling you from the foyer
Of the Sands Hotel
Where the men and the women
Are acquainted quite well

And the drunkards keep on drinking
And oh, my room is cold
I'm disputing the bill
I will sleep in my clothes

And you, my invalid friend
You slam the receiver when you say
"If I had your limbs for a day
I would steam away"

I'm calling you from the foyer
Of this awful hotel
Where the slime and the grime
Gel

And I cannot - or, I do not
And oh, my room is cold
And I'm envying you never having to choose

And you, my invalid friend
You slam the receiver when you say
"If I had your limbs for a day
I would steam away"

I'm calling you from the foyer
Of the Sands Hotel
It's not low-life, it's just people
Having a good time
And oh, my invalid friend
Oh, my invalid friend
In our different ways we are
The same


Apologies to all who've insisted on it being "Sands" Hotel - it is, as according to the My Early Burglary Years booklet.
Amol Sarva gives one possible reason for it being "Sands" :

"The reason he's laying into the Sands Hotel in At Amber: it was the favorite hangout of Sinatra and the Rat Pack in Las Vegas, and hence an icon for the sort of boy-girl nonsense he wants nothing of."

This song was apparently called "Bed Took Fire" at first before it changed names.
The Comtesse Despair has this to say about the song :

"Moz is talking to an invalid friend on the telephone, complaining about all the minor inconveniences of his life - the cold room, the slime & grime, the low-life tenants - when his friend gets frustrated and tells him that he's ungrateful and he shouldn't complain all the time about such pathetic little things because at least he can walk and go places and do things! And then Morrissey reminds his friend that there's more than one way to be an invalid; there's the psychological as well as the physical; and that, in a sense, they are the same. hence the title "At Amber" - at a yellow light, neither moving forward nor fully stopping. Rather like an invalid - somewhere between living and dying."


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