A Better Place To Be Harry Chapin
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It was an early morning barrom and the place just opened up
and the [EM]little man came in so fast and he started at his[A7] cup
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and the broad who served the whiskey was a big old friendly girl
who trie[EM]d to fight her empty nights by smiling at the wo[A7]rld
and she sai[G]d hey bub i[A]t's been a while [F#M]since you've bee[B7]n around
where the he[EM]ll have you been hid[A]ing and [G]why you look so [D]down
Well the li[G]ttle man just s[A]at there like [G]he'd never heard[A] a sound[D]
the wait[CM]ress she gave ou[G]t with a cough a[Bb]nd acting not th[F]e least put off
she spok[EM]e once ag[A]ain
She said I do[D]n't want to bo[G]ther you cons[EM]ider it's understood
I kn[A]ow I'm not no be[EM]auty queen but I sur[A]e ca[EM]n listen goo[D]d.
And the [G]little man took his d[A]rink in his hand and he rai[EM]se it to his lip[D]s
He to[G]ok a couple o[D]f sips and he [EM]told the waitres[A]s his story[D].
I a[D]m the midnigh[AM]t watchman down at Mi[C]ller's t[G]ool and dim[D]e
I watc[G]h the metal rus[F#M]ting, I wat[BM]ch the time go b[Cmaj7]y
a we[A]ek ago at the din[G]er I stoppe[F#M]d to get a bite [B7]
and this[EM] here lovely lad[A]y she sat two se[G]ats[EM] from my r[D]ight
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And lord, lord, lord she was alright.
She was so damn beautiful that she could warm a winter's frost
but she look long past lonely and I, I was lost
I'm not much of a mover or a pick em up easy guy
but I decided to glide on over and give it one good try
and lord lord lord she was worth a try
Tongue tied like a schoolboy, I stammerred out some words
it did not seem to matter much, cause I don't think she heard
She just looked clear on through me, to a place back in my head
It shamed me into silence as quietly she said
If you want me to come with you than that's alright with me
cause I know I'm going nowhere and anywhere's a better place to be
Well I drove her to my boarding house and I took her up to my room
and I went to turn on the only light to brighten up the gloom
but she said p[DM]lease leave the light on,[GM] I don't mind the dark
and as her c[F]lothes all tumbled round her, [A]I could hear my heart.
The moonlight shone upon her as she lay back in my bed
it was the kind of thing I only had imagined in my head
I just could not believe it , to think that she was real
and as I tried to tell her, she said, shhh I know just how you feel
and lord, lord, lord, she was alright.
Well the morning came so swiftly as I held her in my arms
She slept like a baby snug and safe from harm
I did not want to share her or dare to break the mood
so before she woke I went out to buy us both some food
I came back with my paper bag
to find that she was gone
she'd left a six word letter saying
it's time that I moved on.
You know the waitress she took her bar rag and she wiped it across her eyes
and as she spoke her voice came out as something like a sigh
She said I wish that I was beautiful or that you were halfway blind
I wish I weren't so goddamned fat, I wish that you were mine
and I wish that you'd come with me when I leave for home
for we both know all about emptiness and living all alone.
And the little man looked at the empty glass in his hand
and he smile a crooked grin
He said, I, I guess I'm outta gin
and I know we both have been so lonely.