"Come Up to The Cove, Baby" Words music guitar bass and vocals by Lance Frank. Produced & Arranged by Lance Frank & Ed Genovese.
Aside from "Runner Runner" all of the tunes I wrote prior to this one were deadly serious and heavily laced with social commentary. I figured if I was every going to make any money with my music I would have to write something lighter in tone. One day, Paul McCartney’s “Silly Love Songs” came on the radio and I decided to try my hand at writing one. The result was "Come Up To The Cove."
It is both a love song and sort of a travelogue of things to do in the rustic La Quinta Cove based on a phone conversation I had with a former girlfriend. I had not spoken to her for years when she called me out of the blue. She was living in "The Cove" and it sounded like she wanted to invite me over to get re-acquainted. I was in the process of moving and told her I would call her back, but I could not reach her and never saw or spoke to her again. Turns out my Haute Couture El Paseo Girl wound up living in The Cove too...but that is another story. Click here if you want to know more.
The basic rhythm of the tune is similar to “La Bamba” by Richie Valens and “Good Lovin’” by The Rascals and would make an excellent medley with them if performed live. The “Wooos!” are not only onomatopoeia for a coyote howl, but a tribute to Little Richard as well as The Beatles who he influenced. In fact, the second “Woooo!” directly references “I wanna hold your hand.”
Because of the similarity to "La Bamaba" I tired to get my childhood friend Steve Berlin of Los Lobos interested in recording a version of "Come Up To The Cove" but never heard back from him. Llámame, Steve!