Back story for WALMART PARKING LOT

I don’t even know what to say about track 9 from White Lightnin’.

The whole idea came out of looking at those pictures from Walmart that you
see on the net from time to time. There’s even a website . There are some
characters.

I spent a lot of time researching and imaging this one.

The making of the video was the best. (You can get a copy of this if you
sign up on my website. www.russstill.com). My ex sister in law has worked for
Walmart for years. I called her to ask about how to go about getting permission
to do a video. “No way!” she told me. “They don’t even let people take pictures
in the store”. But a rule or two has never stopped me before. We’d go in
guerilla, no permission! So Donny Maness, my videographer, and I worked out the
idea (sort of – we never plan too much) and a date was set.

The band, the videographers and 2 actors met in Walmart parking lot one
Sunday afternoon. We scoped the place out. There were police regularly riding
through the parking lot, but we didn’t see any security guards inside. The band
wasn’t convinced we could pull it off.

We attached a go-cam to a baby stroller and put a camera in the stroller
covered by a blanket. The band went in, 2 at a time, and Donny followed me and
Cam into the store. It was a little nerve wracking to start with, but we soon
realized there was nothing to worry about.

We made many passes around the store with the go-cam getting shots of the
band and the actors. You’ll notice Cam shows up in a lot of shots. That wasn’t
intentional; she just has a nose for cameras! No one was paying any attention.
Once we felt like we had enough on the go-cam we pulled out the camera. Surely
we’d get caught carry around a high end camera attached to a stabilizer. Again,
nothing! We shot most of the specific lyrical pieces in the song verses;
spraying on cologne (that got the biggest crowd), rolled back prices (an
employee walked up as we were shooting the actor looking at the rolled back
prices sign. I approached her and had her show me something in another part of
the store. She never even saw what was going on, or didn’t care.), shopping in
tools and negligees. It all went without a glitch, question or arrest.

Next we sized up the parking lot for some outside shots. There were trees in
the way of the best spots so we headed down the road to location 2. It was
getting dark so we found a spot under a parking lot light with a good view of
the store sign. We got the shots of the actor driving slow down the lanes, etc.
While that was going on the band set up in the parking lot. We must have shot
for 45 minutes in the parking lot. Cars were stopping, some guy came up and
offered us a tip, an employee was out gathering shopping carts – not a word.

We spent hours shooting this video and no one said a word to us. I always
say it’s better to ask for forgiveness than ask for permission. It’s working!!

You can hear a snippet of “Walmart” at www.russstill.com/white-lightnin and buy
the CD. You can buy the single on iTunes under Russ Still and The Moonshiners.

WALMART PARKING LOT

VERSE
I can see the glow burning
Coming From the parking lot
I feel my insides churning
This place has all I want

I pull into the asphalt prairie
Drive slow down every lane
If things go like I’ve planned
I won’t ever be the same
Never be the same

CHORUS
Forget about the dating scene
Or hanging in the bars
What I want it can’t be bought
But I know in my heart
I can find my one true love
In the Walmart parking lot

VERSE
I spruced myself up tonight
I’m looking mighty fine
I hope the knock off spray cologne
Won’t cloud up my mind

The old man greeter knows my face
He’s seen me here before
But it’s not for rolled back prices
It’s love I’m looking for

CHORUS
Forget about the dating scene
Or hanging in the bars
What I want it can’t be bought
But I know in my heart
I can find my one true love
In the Walmart parking lot

BRIDGE
It don’t matter what you’re looking for
Everything’s got guarantees
This is the place you can get it all
Hometown shopping USA

GUITAR THANG

VERSE
I’ve searched almost everywhere
From tools to negligees
I can’t find what I want
There’s nothing here for me

But then I see her
I wink and then she smiles
It won’t be long until you see us
Walking down the aisle
Walking down the aisle

CHORUS
Forget about the dating scene
Or hanging in the bars
What I want it can’t be bought
But I know in my heart
I can find my one true love
In the Walmart parking lot

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