INTRO: F , C/E , F , C/E , F , D7/F# , G

F             C/E              G74/D        C
All the happy couples on their way to New Or-leans

     F               G         C/E  F
Re-minding me of when we got a-long

        F               C/E           G74/D            C
They're only renting time and space to fill up with their dreams

    F                           G                   C/E  F
And dreams are what they'll have when they have gone

             F            C/E                G74/D     C 
How could it be that I was born without a clue to carry on

    F                  G               C/E F
And still it is the same now I am older

                     C/E             G74/D           C
Armed with just a will and then this love for singing songs

    F                   G         C/E    F
And minding less and less if I am colder

      F               C/E           F             C/E
But I have this funny ache and it's burning in my chest

       F                   G              C/E  F
And it spreads just like a fire inside my body

      F                  C/E       F            C/E 
Is it something God left out in my spirit or my flesh

           F               G               C/E    F
Would I be saved if I were brave and had a baby?

             F                     C/E
It was never clear what would come next

               G74/D             C 
but that's the risk and that's the test

      F                 G           C/E    F
And you were the only one so far to follow

                   C/E                G74/D          C
And no one talks about when one might stop and need to rest

       F             G               F  
Or how long you sit alone before you 

             G74/D              F               G
stop looking back It's like you're waiting for Godot 

             F               G              C
And then you pick your sorry ass up off the street and 

C/E   F  C/E  F  C/E  F  

    F                C/E       F                C/E
And what the hell is this? Who made this bloody mess?

    F              G              C/E     F
And someone always answers like a martyr

      F                    C/E           F             C/E
Is it something you should know, did you never do your best

             F                 G               C/E         F
Would you be saved if you were brave and just tried harder

   F              C/E              G74/D        C
So now I ride the aught-one-thirty-five to New Orleans

  F             G                       C/E   F
I float a mile above life's toil and trouble

                  C/E                 G74/D        C
A thousand lonely lifetimes I still wait and then go on

  F             G              C/E     F  C/E  F  C/E  F  C
A clown to entertain the happy couples
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