07
Mar
09

For James

Twenty-four days of rain-
It’s not such a long time.
I’m sleeping in a tent again
Hoping to catch the spirit.
Lying under the canopy, the whispering of the trees
And the tuning of your old guitar takes me away

And I cried when he sang “Lady”
Cuz I could tell we’d never be together again just like that.
When he sang the song for Annie he fairly broke my heart;
I wished somebody’d love me enough to write a song for me.
Now he’s gone.

Funny how the rain or an old guitar can take you back in time
Suddenly I’m nineteen
Holding Jimmy’s hand beneath the stars.
We’d sneak into the meeting tent and
Lying there we’d kiss and talk for hours
But first we’d ask Baby Jesus to keep us from going too far.

And I cried when he sang “Lady”
Cuz I could tell we’d never be together again just like that.
When he sang the song for Annie he fairly broke my heart;
I wished somebody’d love me enough to write a song for me.
Now he’s gone.

You never forget the first man in your life who plays guitar
Not eager to share
But proud when he gets flagged down for a song.
You can sit through “Showers Of Blessings” and “Sandals”
Cuz you know your turn will come again.
Night will fall and he’ll be singing “Dearest Esmeralda” just for you.

And I cried when he sang “Lady”
Cuz I could tell we’d never be together again just like that.
When he sang the song for Annie he fairly broke my heart;
I wished somebody’d love me enough to write a song for me.
Now he’s gone.

Twenty-four days of rain-
It’s not such a long time.

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