Artie Mac was a hero of mine
Singing songs most all of the time
He would never just say Hello
He'd sing a greeting from some Broadway show
Man he could sing simply everything
That voice divine he was a friend of mine...
Saw him up once sing a cappella
Send In The Clowns in some downtown cellar
The Ayresome Angel from his distant youth
Hitting those notes with a resolute truth
A Holgate man, no fancy Dan
That voice so fine he was a friend of mine...
I wrote a song called Riverside Red
With Artie's image burned in my head
Asked him to do it with old Tex and me
Took just one take, as sweet as could be
Nailed it in one, second to none
Talent sublime he was a friend of mine...
One night he's on the stage with JT
I looked away but yeah he'd seen me
Get up he shouts, let's do Out Of Time
You and me we do that real fine
Artie and me, blues harmony
Rocking in time he was a friend of mine...
Change Gonna Come, note by note
I hear him now, lump in my throat
Died far too young, magical guy
Drink in my hand tears in my eye
Thanks for it all you made me stand tall
Loyal and fine he was a friend of mine...