Words and music by Steve Mann
A7 Ab7 Ab7, A7
F7 E7, E7(+5)
A friend I used to know
There is no ambiguity in the mood of this song. It does not follow any standard blues progression, but it has a very bluesy sound. The use of dominant seventh chords is one thing that characterizes blues, and half-step moves between chords is a common jazz device, so in some ways this song is like a Mose Allison tune that fits into both categories at the same time. A favorite device of Steve's is pedaling around the cycle of fifths in his chord arrangements. This one is a fine example of that.
For those unfamiliar with American slang:
Sunset strip is refers to the main street in Los Angeles, Sunset Boulevard, where there are a lot of music clubs and action of various kinds..
Flagging a ride is hitchhiking (autostop?) . And of course "hip" is by now an old-fashioned word for praise like " cool" or "groovy."
The word "Groovy " probably comes from "in the groove," which is old-time musicians' talk for a good sound, from the days when records were played on turn tables. If none of this makes sense to you, then you are too young and should go home and do your homework and clean your room.
"Play a money game," means getting a job to Steve, who just wants to play music, not work a day job at a desk.
The depressed feeling of "Here I A m Again" is timeless, and together with the slow tempo, the seventh chords, the sense that everyone is leaving town and I'm left behind, and I wonder where my gal went--it all adds up to the blues, one way or another.