Who Sang Esmeralda's Hollywood? Steve Earle & The Dukes

Steve Earle & The Dukes The Hard Way cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1990-6-26
length: 6:02
Nights fall hard on Hollywood
The stars don't come out like they should
Up above the world so high tonight
They can't outshine the neon lights
Now the golden days are gone for good
In Esmeralda's Hollywood

She comes out when the sun is gone
But she don't have to walk alone
Cause once the darkness takes this town
She ain't the only ghost around
Waitin' by the public phone

If it don't ring she heads back home
Esmeralda, Esmeralda girl, what are you waitin' for
Esmeralda, Esmeralda, can't hang around this place no more
Searchlights rip the L.A. sky
When you look in Esmeralda's eyes
The people come from miles around
To see the kings and queens they crowned
Behind the barricades they stood
In Esmeralda's Hollywood

Aw, wait until the sun goes down
Listen for the lonely sound
Esmeralda's hanging round
No one shed a tear that day
When Esmeralda passed away

All up and down the strip they say
It was just like any other day
The evil struggled with the good
Down in Esmeralda's Hollywood

Tracklist
CD 1
  • 1 The Other Kind
  • 2 Promise You Anything
  • 3 Esmeralda's Hollywood
  • 4 Hopeless Romantics
  • 5 This Highway's Mine (Roadmaster)
  • 6 Billy Austin
  • 7 Justice in Ontario
  • 8 Have Mercy
  • 9 When the People Find Out
  • 10 Country Girl
  • 11 Regular Guy
  • 12 West Nashville Boogie
  • 13 Close Your Eyes