Chicago native Rickie Lee Jones was discovered in L.A. but her big shoulder roots remained the muse for her early songwriting. If we’re shaped by where we come from then “Danny’s” can be found on most Chicago neighborhood corners. Jones confided in an interview that the song was partially influenced by a nursery rhyme her niece’s recited when jumping rope. It has that rhythm. Then there are the street-wise lyrics. In the song Jones banters with the owner (Cecil) like she’s channeling Jack Kerouac. “Danny’s” is a place inspired with pure beat joy but be advised that, “when the nighttime comes, hey-hey.”

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