Easy Street

by Carl Clay Caulkins

On a Sunday I came back
    to my one room country shack
It was late afternoon
    in early Spring
You sat there on the bare mattress
    long hair fallin’ all down your back
The sun was sinking low
    and burning fiery red
When you turned your head
    the bed began to sing
Like a dulcimer

    made out of rusty springs

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       Easy Street
Where they play that Hawaiian guitar
They say that love is bittersweet
They say it leaves a scar
       Oh Nancy
Let’s go dancin’ all the same
    We can’t go wrong
    As long as I just aim
                                 this car
              at that morning star

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We ran off to Denver
    Dead certain I was ready
To conquer the Country Western
    music scene
You bought a silk kimono
    and learned to cook spaghetti
At closing time in the taverns
    I would sing “Goodnight Irene”
And then come waltzin’ home
    with a jingle

    and a jangle
    down in the pockets

    of my jeans

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       Easy Street
Where they play that Hawaiian guitar
They say that love is bittersweet
They say it leaves a scar
       Oh Nancy
Won’t you dance with me all the same
    We can’t go wrong
    As long as I just aim
                                 this car

              at that morning star

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Later in New England
    I was Singing “Ring of Fire”
and thinking Paris France
    or Budapest
I could see you at the corner table
    turning down admirers
Pale as the moon
    in your Sausalito dress
Sippin’ Rusty Nails
    and rememberin’
    the sunset that we saw
    when we were runaways
    passing through Wichita

    heading for the West

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       Easy Street
Where they play that Hawaiian guitar
They say that love is bittersweet
They say it leaves a scar
       Oh Nancy
We could dance through flames
    maybe we’ll vanish without a trace
    and laugh right in the devil’s face
    yes we could end up anyplace
         If I just aim
                          this car
       at that morning star