Sedona Sunrise
Recording Artist: Aerosmith
Writers: Steven Tyler
Joe Perry
Jim Vallance
Date Written: 1989
Albums: Devil's Got A New Disguise (Columbia/Sony, 2006)
Audio:
 
Steven Tyler: vocal
Joe Perry: rhythm guitar, slide guitar
Brad Whitford: rhythm guitar
Tom Hamilton: bass
Joey Kramer: drums
 
Produced by Bruce Fairbairn. Recorded at Little Mountain Sound Studios, Vancouver Canada, April-June 1989.
Comments:
Joe Perry >
To the best of my recollection, "Sedona Sunrise" was started during the writing sessions for "Pump". It was an idea that Joe Perry had, and he showed it to me and Steven one day.

Joe and his wife Billie had recently spent time in Arizona, visiting Joe's mother. They were impressed with the serenity and beauty of the desert near Sedona, and Joe was inspired to write about it.

We did a bit of work on the song, but it wasn't completed at that time. Steven and Joe finished it later, possibly back home in Massachusetts. The track was never released, and I completely forgot about it.

Then, in September 2006, I got a call from Aerosmith's management office:

"Do you remember any un-released songs you wrote with Aerosmith?', the woman asked. "Yes", I replied, "Legendary Child and Anybody Out There" ... unreleased tracks from the "Get A Grip" sessions. But those weren't the titles she was looking for.

"Do you know a song called Sedona?", she prompted.

"Yeah! ... Sedona Sunrise!", I said, suddenly remembering the long-forgotten song.

This is how I learned that the track had been resurrected and would be included on Aerosmith's "Devil's Got A New Disguise" album. In fact, the CD's were being manufactured the following week, and there was a panic to sort out the songwriting and publishing credits. Hence the mysterious phone call.

Considering how many years had passed, it was thoughtful and generous of Steven and Joe to remember my involvement in the song, and to share credit.
"Devil's Got A New Disguise"
CD cover.
Lyrics: I was a city boy
Caught up in a city way
A nitty gritty boy
I was out all night, and always gettin' blown away

There ain't no breeze to cool the heat of love

She was a city girl
With no responsibility
A pretty little city girl
All fired up, and what's that got to do to me?

Cuz there ain't no breeze to cool the heat of love

It's as clear as a sunrise in Sedona
Just what it is that's blowin' in the wind
It's the fire in her eyes
It's the tear when she cries
It's the heat when I fall on my knees that I'm thinkin' of

There ain't no breeze to cool the heat of love

It's as clear as a sunrise in Sedona
Just what it is it's blowin' in the wind
It's the fire in her eyes
It's the tear when she cries
It's the heat when I fall on my knees that I'm thinkin' of

There ain't no breeze to cool the heat of love
Ya - the heat of love
Ya - the heat of love