Cactus In A Coffee Can Jerry Kilgore
She had the window and I had the aisle She looked twenty-five but she was shakin' like a child When we took off I looked over and clutched her hands There was a cactus in a coffee can She was holdin' that thing like it was all she had She smiled at me but I could tell she was sad Somewhere over Denver I asked her her name She said, Elena, then told me she came from Santa Fe She ordered a drink and a wall came down Yeah, she started talkin' and the pain poured out She told me a story I'll never forget She had me in tears when she looked at me and said My mama's first love was crack She made her livin' lyin' on her back She gave me away the day that I was born She said, "The last ten years I spent trackin' her down" It just don't seem fair that when I finally found her she was almost gone We had two weeks to laugh and to cry Two weeks to say hello and goodbye She gave me this cactus, said it's kinda like me It'll hurt you to hold it but it blooms every spring She said, I'm on my way back to New Mexico Was gonna scatter her ashes where the desert winds blow But I came up with a better plan Gonna keep 'em on the bottom of this coffee can My mama was a tortured soul But I still love her even though She gave me away on the day that I was born The plane touched down and we both got off I took her hand and said sorry for your loss She said thanks for listening, for being here I've been wantin' to talk about her for so many years Now, I'll probably never see Elena again We met as strangers and parted as friends As we waved goodbye I was sure of one thing There'll be a flower on that cactus come next Spring (C)1998 Famous Music LLC/Song Matters Inc./ Built On Rock Music (ADM. By ICG): Sony/ATV Cross Keys Publishing/David Aaron Music (ASCAP) All Rights on behalf of Sony/ATV Tunes LLC and David Aaron Music admin by Sony/ATV Music Pub. All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission. For Educational Purposes Only.
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