A Better Place To Be

Harry Chapin

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D It was an early morn-in Dmaj7 D7 bar-room? and the place just Gmaj7 opened up Em Em/D# Em/D (open) A7 And a little man, come in so fast? and he started at his cups D And the broad who served the Dmaj7 D7 whiskey, She was a big old Gmaj7 friendly girl Em Em/D# Em/D (open) A7 And she tried to fight her empty nights by? smilin? at the world G A And she said ?Hey Bub, it?s been F#m awhile, since you?ve been around B7 Em A Where the hell you been hidin?? G D and why you look so down?? G A But the little man, just sat there G A D like he?d never heard a sound Cm G The waitress she give out a cough, Bb/F and act-tin? not the least put off F Em she spoke A D once again? she said ?I don?t want G to bother you? consider it?s Em/G Em understood; A/C# Em I know I?m not no beauty queen, A/C# Em A7sus4 D but I s-u-r-e can listen good G And the little man took his drink A Em in his hand and he raised it to D his lips G D He took a couple of sips, and then Em7 A he t-o-l-d the waitress this D story D Am I am the midnight watchman down at C G D Miller?s Tool and Die G F#m And I watch, the metal rustin? and Bm Cmaj7 I watch, the time go by A G F#m B7 barre A week ago at the diner, I stopped to get a bite Em A And this here lovely lady, she sat G Em7 A11 D two seats from my right G G/F# Em7 A11 And Lord, Lord, Lord? G G#m7/5- A7sus4 D she was all right D Am Ah she was so damn beautiful, that C G D she?d warm a winter?s frost G F#m But she was long past lonely, and Bm Cmaj7 well nigh on to lost A G F#m B7 barre
Now I?m not much of a mover or a pick-em-up easy guy Em A But I decided to glide on over, G Em7 A11 D and give her one good try G G/F# Em7 A11 And Lord, Lord, Lord? G G#m7/5- A7sus4 D she was worth the try D Am Tongue-tied like a schoolboy, I C G D stammered out some words G F#m But it did not really matter much, Bm ?cause I don?t think she heard Cmaj7 A G F#m B7 barre She just looked clear on through me, to a space back in my head Em A And it shamed me into silence, as G Em7 A11 D quietly she said D G ?If you want me to come with you, Em/G Em then that?s all right with me A/C# Em ?Cause I know I?m goin? nowhere, A/C# Em and anywhere?s a better place A7sus4 D to be? A/C# Anywhere?s a Em A7sus4 better place to D be D Dmaj7 I drove her up to my boardin? D7 house, and I took her up to my Gmaj7 room Em Em/D# Em/D (open) A7 And I went to turn on the only light? to brighten up the gloom Dm But she said, ?Please leave the Gm light off? oh? I don?t mind the dark,? F And as her clothes all tumbled Asus4 ?round her? I could hear my A heart Asus4 A Asus4 A D Am The moonlight shone up upon her, C G D as she lay back in my bed G F#m It was the kind of scene I only Bm Cmaj7 had imagined in my head A G F#m B7 barre I just could not believe it, to think that she was real Em A And as I tried to tell her, she G said, ?Sshh, I know just how Em7 A11 D you feel D And if you want to co me here with G Em/G Em me, then that?s all right with me A/C# Em ?cause I?ve been oh, so lonely; A/C# Em lovin? someone is, a better way A7sus4 D to be A/C# Anywhere?s a Em A7sus4 D better place to be? D Am The mornin? come so swiftly, but I C G D held her in my arms G F#m But she slept like a baby? Bm Cmaj7 snug and safe from harm A G F#m B7 barre I did not want to share her, with the world or break the mood Em A So before she woke I went out? and G D brought us both some food Dm I came back with my paper bag? to Gm find that she was gone F She left a six word letter? sayin? Gm D ?It?s time that I moved on? D Dmaj7 The waitress took her bar-rag? D7 Gmaj7 and she wiped it across her eyes Em Em/D# Em/D (open) A7 And as she spoke her voice came out? as something like a sigh D She said that ?I wish that I was Dmaj7 D7 beautiful, or that you were Gmaj7 half-way blind Em Em/D# Em/D (open) A7 And I wish? I weren?t so don-gon fat, I wish that you were mine G A F#m B7 barre And I wish? that you?d come with me when I leave for home Em For we both know all ?bout A G loneliness? and livin? all Em D alone? Em7 And the little man? looked at the F#m empty glass in his hand Em7 D and he smiled a crooked grin? he Em7 D said; ?I guess I?m out of gin, Em7 And I know? we both have been? D/F# G Em7 A s-o l-o-n-e-l-y A7 D And if you want me? to come with G you, then that?s all right with me Em A Em ?cause I know I?m goin? nowhere? A Em7 and anywhere?s? a better? place? A7 D t-o b-e? Dmaj7 Gmaj7 D
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