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ten days

The last time I saw Richard was Detroit in '68,

And he told me,

" all romantics meet the same fate someday.

Cynical and drunk, and boring someone in some dark cafe."

 

"You laugh," he said,

" you think you're immune?...go look at your eyes,

They're two blue moons...

You like roses and kisses and pretty men to tell you

All those pretty lies, just pretty lies.

When you gonna realize, they're only pretty lies

Only pretty lies, just pretty lies?."

 

He put a quarter in the Wurlitzer, and he pushed

Three buttons and the thing began to whirr

And a bar maid came by

in fishnet stockings and a bow tie

And she said,

"Drink up now it's gettin' on time to close."

 

"Richard, you haven't really changed", I said

"It's just that now you're romanticizing some pain that's in your head

You got tombtones in your eyes,

but the songs you punched are dreaming

Listen, they sing of love so sweet, love so sweet.

When you gonna get yourself back on your feet?

Oh, love can be so sweet... so sweet."

 

Richard got married to a figure skater

And he bought her a dishwasher

and a Coffee percolator

And he drinks at home now most nights with the TV on

And.. all the house lights left up bright.

 

I'm gonna blow this damn candle out.

I don't want Nobody comin' over to my table,

I got nothing to talk to anybody about.

All good dreamers

pass this way some day...

Hidin' behind bottles in dark cafes.

Dark cafes

Only a dark cocoon before I get my gorgeous wings...

And fly away

Only a phase,

these dark

cafe

days.

  

Joni Mitchell

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Taken on September 22, 2009