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A Better Place To Be

  • (Harry Chapin)
  • 'Twas an early morning barroom, the place'd just opened up
    A little man came in so fast, started at his cups
    The lass who served the whisky was a big old friendly girl
    Who tried to fight her lonely nights by smiling at the world
    She said, Hey, it's a while since you've been around
    Where the hell have you been hiding, and why do you look so down
    The little man just sat there like he'd never heard a sound
    And the waitress just gave a cough, and she acted not the least put off
    She spoke once again and she said
    She said, I don't mean to bother you, consider that's understood
    And I know I'm not a beauty queen but I sure can listen good
    The little man raised his glass to his lips and he took a couple of sips
    And he told the waitress this story

  • I am a midnight watchman, think I'll be one till I die
    I watch the metal rusting, I watch the years go by
    Last week, at a diner I stopped to get a bite
    There was this here lovely lady, she sat two seats from my right
    And Lord, Lord Lord, she was all right
    She was so damn beautiful she could warm a winter frost
    She was looking way past lonely, kind of scared, kind of lost
    Now I'm not much of a mover or a pick-'em-up-easy guy
    But I decided to glide on over and give her one good try
    And Lord, Lord Lord, she was worth the try
    But I was tongue-tied like a schoolboy, I stammered out some words
    It didn't seem to matter, though, I just don't think she heard
    She just stared clean through me to some place back in my head
    And she shamed me into silence as quietly she said

       If you want me to come with you that's all right with me
       Because I know I'm going nowhere
       And anywhere is a better place to be

  • I drove her to my boarding-house, I took her to my room
    When I went to put the light on to brighten up the gloom
    She said, Please leave the light off, I don't mind the dark
    As her clothes all tumbled round her I could hear my heart
    The moonlight shone upon her as she lay back in my bed
    It was the kind of scene I only had imagined in my head
    I just could not believe it, to think that she was real
    And when I tried to tell her, she said, Shush - I know how you feel

       And if you want to come here with me that's all right with me
       Because I've been oh so lonely
       Loving anyone is a better way to be

  • The morning came so swiftly as I held her in my army
    Sleeping like a baby she was snug and safe from harm
    I didn't want to wake her, didn't dare to break the mood
    So quietly I tiptoed out to get us both some food
    And when I came back with my paperbag I found that she was gone
    And she'd a left a six-word letter saying, It's time that I moved on

    The waitress took a bar rag and she wiped it across her eyes
    And when she spoke her voice came out something like a sigh
    She said, I wish I was beautiful, or you were halfway blind
    I wish I wasn't so goddam fat, and I wish that you were mine
    And I wish that you'd come with me when I leave here to go home
    Because we both know about emptiness and living all alopne
    The little man looked down at the glass there in his hand
    And he smiled a kind of crooked grin, he said, I guess I'm out of gin
    And yes, we both know about loneliness

       So if you want me to come with you that's all right with me
       'Cause I know I'm going nowhere
       And anywhere's a better place to be
(as sung by Iain C. MacKintosh)

Quelle:Harry Chapin

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