I Walk A Lonely Street

Light Motifs II Thursday Inspiration 56-Street

Vilhelm Hammershøi

One of Elvis Presley’s most famous ( and my personal favorite song ) was inspired by a suicide note- the note read ” I walk a lonely street “.

That song is Heartbreak Hotel.

Before I had learned that story, I had always imagined that the Heartbreak Hotel was actually a song about a cemetery  and had said as much to my parents- I was about 9 years old at the time. Needless to say they were somewhat horrified I could have come up with such a weird idea- but lo and behold it turns out that I was on to something.

So let’s stroll up a few more years when I was in my forties and took a trip to New Orleans for Halloween. I took a tour of Saint Louis Cemetery Number one and the minute I went through the gates and started to walk down the streets I thought for sure I would see a bellhop around one corner and maybe I would see the faceless desk clerk dressed in black around the next corner.

Because in my bones  I knew I had found it… I was seeing it with my own eyes- the real life Heartbreak Hotel.

Although it’s always crowded
You still can find some room
For broken-hearted lovers
To cry there in the gloom
And be so, where they’ll be so lonely, baby
Well, they’re so lonely
They’ll be so lonely, they could die

Photo A.M. Moscoso

Photo A.M. Moscoso

P:hoto A.M. Moscoso

P:hoto A.M. Moscoso

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