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Post Card From Paris

 

Dear friend of my mine 

The Weather's fine 

Today, I saw some ruins 

Of the Roman world's decline 

 

And I climbed all those Spanish steps 

You've heard of them no doubt 

But Rome has lost its glory 

I don't know what it's about 

 

I wish you were here 

When the shadows fall 

And all the rushing traffic stills

 

I wish you were here 

When the bells are ringing 

On the seven hills

 

I make my way to a small cafe 

I wonder what you did today 

Wish you were here 

 

Dear one at home 

I just flew in from Rome 

And Paris is a postcard 

 

All decked out in color chrome 

 

And so, I climbed the Eiffel Tower 

And prayed at Notre Dame 

But I just can't find the romance 

And I wonder why I came 

 

I wish you were here 

On the Champs Elysees 

Lovers walk hand in hand 

 

I wish you were here 

They take one look at me 

And seem to understand 

 

This city of light is a lovely site 

The first bright star I see tonight 

Wish you were here 

 

Now, I write this from the plane

Drinking cheap champagne

And wondering why

Two people got so far apart

 

I wish you were here

Here in London

Where the rain the pouring down 

 

I wish you were here

On this airplane

Headed back to New York Town 

 

I'll never leave you alone again

I'm coming home but until then 

I Wish you were here 

 

I wish you were here

Wish you were here. 

Adios

 

Ran away from home when I was seventeen

To be with you on the California coast

Drinking margaritas all night in the old cantina

Out on, out on the California coast 

 

Don't think that I'm ungrateful

And don't look so morose

Adios, adios 

 

We never really made it baby

But we came pretty close

Adios, adios 

 

Going up north where the hills are winter green

I’ve got to leave you on the California coast

Going where the water's clear and the air is cleaner

Than the California Coast 

 

Our dreams of endless summer

Were just too grandiose 

Adios, adios 

 

And I miss the blood red sunset

But I miss you the most

Adios, adios

Adios, adios

Adios, adios 

 

Galveston

 

Galveston, oh Galveston 

I still hear your sea winds blowing 

I still see her dark eyes glowing 

She was twenty-one 

When I left Galveston 

Galveston, oh Galveston 

I still hear your sea waves crashing 

While I watch the cannon flashing 

And I clean my gun 

And I dream of Galveston

I still see her standing by the water 

Standing there, looking out to sea 

And is she waiting there for me? 

On the beach where we used to run 

Galveston, oh Galveston 

I am so afraid of dying 

Before I dry the tears she's crying 

Before I see your sea birds flying 

In the sun, at Galveston

 

The Highwayman

 

I was a highwayman 

Along the coach roads I did ride 

With sword and pistol by my side 

Many a young maid lost her baubles to my trade 

Many a soldier shed his life blood on my blade 

The bastards hung me in the spring of '25 

But I am still alive 

I was a sailor 

I was born upon the tide 

And with the sea I did abide 

I sailed a schooner 'round the horn to Mexico 

I went aloft to furl the mainsail in a blow 

And when the yards broke off they said that I got killed 

But I am living still 

I was a dam builder 

Across the river deep and wide 

Where steel and water did collide 

A place called Boulder on the wild Colorado 

I slipped and fell into the wet concrete below 

They buried me in that great tomb that knows no sound 

But I am still around.. 

I'll always be around, and around, and around, and around, and around.. 

I'll fly a starship 

Across the Universe divide 

And when I reach the other side 

I'll find a place to rest my spirit if I can 

Perhaps I may become a highwayman again 

Or I may simply be a single drop of rain 

But I will remain 

And I'll be back again 

and again, and again, and again, and again...

 

Wichita Lineman

I am a lineman for the county 

And I drive the main roads 

Searchin' in the sun 

For another overload 

I hear you singin' in the wires 

I can hear you through the whine 

And the Wichita lineman 

Is still on the line 

I know I need a small vacation 

But it don't look like rain 

And if it snows that stretch down south 

Will never stand the strain 

And I need you more than want you 

And I want you for all time 

And the Wichita lineman 

Is still on the line 

And I need you more than want you 

And I want you for all time 

And the Wichita lineman 

Is still on the line 

 

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

See her how she flies 

Golden sails across the sky 

Close enough to touch 

But careful if you try 

Though she looks as warm as gold 

The moon's a harsh mistress 

The moon can be so cold 

Once the sun did shine 

Lord, it felt so fine 

The moon a phantom rose 

Through the mountains and the pines 

And then the darkness fell 

And the moon's a harsh mistress 

It's so hard to love her well 

I fell out of her eyes 

I fell out of her heart 

I fell down on my face 

Yes, I did, and I, I tripped and I missed my star 

God, I fell and I fell alone, I fell alone 

And the moon's a harsh mistress 

And the sky is made of stone 

The moon's a harsh mistress 

She's hard to call your own. 

 

By the Time I Get to Phoenix

By the time I get to Phoenix, she'll be rising 

She'll find the note I left hanging on her door 

She'll laugh when she reads the part that says 

I'm leaving 'cause I've left that girl so many time before 

By the time I make Albuquerque, she'll be working 

She'll probably stop at lunch and give me a call 

But she'll just hear that phone keep on ringing 

Off the wall, that's all 

 

Didn't We

This time we almost made the pieces fit 

Didn't we? 

This time we almost made some sense of it 

Didn't we? 

This time I had the answer, right here in my hand 

Then I touched it and it had turned to sand 

This time we almost sang our song in tune 

Didn't we, love? 

This time we almost made it, made it to the moon 

Didn't we, love? 

This time we almost made our poem rhyme 

This time we almost made that long hard climb 

Didn't we almost make it? 

Didn't we almost make it? 

Didn't we almost make it this time? 

 

The Worst That Could Happen

Girl, I heard you're getting married 

Girl, I heard you're getting married 

This time you're really sure 

And this is the end 

They say you really mean it 

This guy's the one that makes you feel 

So safe, so sane and so secure 

And baby if he loves you more than me 

And baby if he loves you more than me 

Maybe it's the best thing 

Maybe it's the best thing for you 

But it's the worst that could happen to me

I'm never gettin' married, never gettin' married 

You know that's not my scene 

But a girl like you needs to be married 

I've known all along you couldn't live forever 

in between 

And baby if he loves you more than me 

And baby if he loves you more than me 

Maybe it's the best thing 

Maybe it's the best thing for you 

But it's the worst that could happen to me

 

And girl I don't really blame you 

For having a dream of your own 

Hey girl I don't really blame you 

A woman like you needs a house and a home

Baby if he really loves you more than me 

Maybe it's the best thing 

Maybe it's the best thing for you 

But it's the worst that could happen to me

 

Oh girl don't wanna get married 

Girl I'm never, never gonna marry 

Oh it's the worst thing that could happen 

Oh girl..... 

 

 

All I Know

I bruise you, you bruise me 

We both bruise too easily 

Too easily to let it show 

I love you, and that's all I know 

All my plans have fallen through 

All my plans depend on you 

Depend on you to help them grow 

I love you, and that's all I know 

When the singer's gone 

Let the song go on... 

But the ending always comes at last 

Endings always come too fast 

They come too fast, but they pass too slow 

I love you, and that's all I know 

When the singer's gone 

Let the song go on 

It's a fine line between the darkness and the dawn 

They say the darkest night 

There's a light beyond 

But the ending always comes at last 

Endings always come too fast 

They come too fast, but they pass too slow 

I love you, and that's all I know 

That's all I know 

That's all I know ​

 

MacArthur Park

 

Spring was never waiting for us, girl 

It ran one step ahead 

As we followed in the dance 

Between the parted pages and were pressed 

In love's hot fevered iron 

Like a striped pair of pants 

I recall the yellow cotton dress 

It was foaming like a wave 

On the ground around your knees 

The birds, like tender babies in your hands 

And the old men playing 

Checkers by the trees 

MacArthur Park is melting in the dark 

All the sweet green icing flowing down 

Oh, someone left the cake out in the rain 

And I don't think that I can take it 

'Cause it took so long to bake it 

And I'll never have that recipe again 

Oh, no, oh no

There will be another song for me 

For I will sing it 

There will be another dream for me 

Oh, someone will bring it 

I will drink the wine while it is warm 

And never let you catch me looking at the sun 

And after all the loves of my life 

After all the loves of my life, you'll still be the one 

Little girl 

I will take my life into my hands, I will use it 

I will win the worship in their eyes oh and I will lose it 

I will have the things that I desire 

And my passion flow like rivers through the sky 

And after all the loves of my life 

After all the loves of my life 

I'll be thinking of you 

And wondering why 

MacArthur Park is melting in the dark 

All the sweet, green icing flowing down 

Oh, someone left the cake out in the rain 

And I don't think that I can take it 

'Cause it took so long to bake it 

And I'll never have that recipe again 

Oh no, oh no, no 

 

 

Up, Up and Away

 

Would you like to ride in my beautiful balloon 

Would you like to ride in my beautiful balloon 

We could float among the stars together, you and I 

For we can fly we can fly 

Up, up and away 

My beautiful, my beautiful balloon 

The world's a nicer place in my beautiful balloon 

It wears a nicer face in my beautiful balloon 

We can sing a song and sail along the silver sky 

For we can fly we can fly 

Up, up and away 

My beautiful, my beautiful balloon 

Suspended under a twilight canopy 

We'll search the clouds for a star to guide us 

If by some chance you find yourself loving me 

We'll find a cloud to hide us 

We'll keep the moon beside us 

Love is waiting there in my beautiful balloon 

Way up in the air in my beautiful balloon 

If you'll hold my hand we'll chase your dream across the sky 

For we can fly we can fly 

Up, up and away 

My beautiful, my beautiful balloon 

Balloon... 

Up, up, and away..... 

 

Where's the Playground Susie

 

The end has come and found us here 

With our toys scattered all around us here 

The puzzle that we never found an answer for 

Still asks us, darlin', just what all the games were for 

And here we stand in a box of sand 

Where's the playground Susie? 

You're the one who's supposed to know her way around 

Where's the playground Susie 

If I don't stay around? 

If I don't stay around? 

The carousel has stopped us here 

It twirled a time or two and then it dropped us here 

And still you're not content with something about me 

But what merry-go-round can you ride without me 

To take your hand 

How would you stand? 

Where's the playground Susie 

If I decide to let you go and play around? 

Where's the playground Susie 

If I don't stay around? 

If I don't stay around? 

Where's the playground Susie? 

You're the one who's supposed to know her way around 

Where's the playground Susie 

If I decide to let you go and play around? 

 

Honey Come Back

 

Well honey, I know I've said it many times before 

I said I'd never say it again 

I guess I shouldn't say anything at all 

Since you're supposed to belong to him 

But I just can't let you go 

But I'm tellin' you just how much I love you 

So that is why I'm gonna say it one more time. 

Honey, come back I just can't stand it 

Each lonely day's a little bit longer 

And the last time I held you 

Seems like a hundred years ago 

Back to his arms and never know 

The joy of love that used to taste like 

Honey, come back where you belong to only me. 

Well, I guess that's about all I gotta say 

So I'm just gonna pack my bags and I'm gonna walk 

I know those bright lights're callin' you honey big fine cars 

and fancy clothes 

But if you ever want someone to just love you and some day you just may 

Just give me a call you know where I am and here's what I'll say. 

Honey come back I just can't stand it 

Each lonely day's a little bit longer 

And the last time I held you 

Seems like a hundred years ago 

Back to his arms and never know 

The joy of love that used to taste like 

Honey, come back where you belong to only me. 

Honey, come back where you belong to only me. 

Honey, come back where you belong to only me...