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Thread #158164   Message #3737969
Posted By: Joe Offer
17-Sep-15 - 02:04 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: love songs by John McCutcheon
Subject: ADD: A Cup of Coffee (McCutcheon)
Hi, Glen -

The first thing that came to mind was the What It's Like album. There's a song there called "Cup of Coffee" that may be the one you seek.

(John McCutcheon)

Standing barefoot in the darkness, one hand upon the door
I turn to look just one last time, like a thousand times before
To where you're sleeping there without me, your breasts rise and gently fall
Then I turn and slip so silent to the hall


It's a cup of coffee down the road
A heavy heart and a heavy load
The lines, the lights, the red-eyed nights
The troubles I can't lose
Just pulling loads and pulling time
In younger days would suit me fine
But now the aches, the age, the burning rage
Lie smoldering like a fuse

I remember at the union hall, back at Christmas '63
How I lied that I could waltz just to hold you close to me
It was "Midnight on the Waters" and daylight in your arms
Now, 25 years later, I'm still a prisoner of your charms


Voices on the radio, only help me pass the time
They got foolish cares I pray I'll never know
At some roadside phonebooth I fumble my last dime
I got eighteen wheels and a thousand miles to go

Now your hair is spun to silver and mine is nearly gone
And the children that I hardly know are grown up and moved on
Out here it's so damn lonesome that I don't know what to do
My heart stretched like a highway home to you


©1989 John McCutcheon/Appalsongs ASCAP.