Lucksmiths – Ficiton (from Warmer Corners.) Written down here, gentle reader G It seems too good to be true C But there’s a girl in Kansas City G With my favourite tattoo Am C G Oh why would I lie to you? C This was in another century G Somewhere near the summer’s end C The fahrenheit was frightening G I was awake the whole weekend C Invited to a barbecue G I found refuge in the kitchen C Discussing post-war US literature G With a girl whose upper arm read “fiction” Am C G Like it might have been typewritten C G – C G C When I asked her its significance G She said she sometimes took reminding C What she wanted to be doing G Whether reading it or writing C I admitted admiration G For both typeface and intent C And said more softly — sotto voce — G I knew too well what she meant Am C G She just smiled and in a while she went Dm Am G For a time I forgot this ever took place C She left her bottle on the bookcase G – C G – C G – C G – C G – C G C So though I leave you little option G But to take me at my word C I assure you, dearest listener G That it happened as you’ve heard C A beer left on a bookshelf G At a bygone barbecue C By a girl from Kansas City G With my favourite tattoo Am C G Oh why would I lie to you? Am C G Oh why would I lie to you? Am C G Oh why would I lie?