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Lyr Add: Talkin' at the Texaco (James McMurtry)

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Joe Offer 17 Apr 16 - 12:08 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: TALKIN' AT THE TEXACO (James McMurtry)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 17 Apr 16 - 12:08 AM

I first heard this song years and years ago, and I didn't hear it again until it played on a Florida public radio station this morning. I think it's a classic. I got the lyrics from one of "those" Websites, so I won't vouch for their accuracy. Corrections invited. I can't do good corrections until I get home.

(James McMurtry)

Well if you're lookin' for a good time, you're a bit late.
We rolled up the sidewalks at a quarter to eight.
It's a small town; we can't sell you no beer.
It's a small town, son; may I ask what you're doin' here?

Hey what you up to? I already know.
I heard the boys talkin' at the Texaco.
It's a small town; I know how you feel.
It's a small town, son, and the news travels quicker than wheels.

Who you lookin' for? What was his name?
You can prob'ly find him at the football game.
It's a small town; you know what I mean?
It's a small town, son, and we all support the team.

The preacher drove by in his Cadillac.
I waved at him but he didn't wave back.
It's a small town; everybody knows your face.
It's a small town, son, and we all must know our place.

And they're havin' a ball down at the Legion hall on a Friday night.
They don't play no rock 'n' roll 'cause it just ain't right.

I woke up feeling foggy and I called old Mrs. White.
I figured she could tell me what I did last night.
It's a small town; she's bound to know.
It's a small town, son; I believe that I better go.

from the 1989 album Too Long in the Wasteland

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