Yuma Daily Sun
December 1, 1977
“He asked me if I could write the lyrics to his melody,” Bette recalled.
“I said I could, but inside I felt nervous, because the song was so precious to him.”
Hoffman wrote the song 20 years’ago, after a girl jilted him.
The song starts as “Dusty’s Tune” and becomes “Shoot the Breeze” (two sets of words to the same melody).
“I was very impressed w i t h t h e b e a u t i f u l melody,” said Bette. “I gave it to four of my writers, and I wrote lyrics to it, too. Then I gave D u s t in e v e r y b o d y ‘s version, including mine.”
None of the lyrics were signed.
“He liked mine best,” said Bette.
Oddly enough, the introductory verse was the hardest.
“I wrestled w i t h ‘Dusty’s Tune,'” said Bette. “I broke my neck on it. I couldn’t find the middle part. I wrote and
re-wrote. It just didn’t come. A week later I wrote ‘Shoot the Breeze’ at one sitting.
“It’s a song about quiet desperation.” explained Bette. It’s about someone who’s trapped â€” not a gigantic trap, but a little trap. It’s a song about helplessness and setting y o u r s e lf f r e e f r om helplessness.