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I USED TO BE A COUNTRY SINGER Steve McEown As recorded Gordon Lightfoot 1998 I was sitting in my hotel room, strummin' my old guitar Not much to do when you're far away, playin' some smokey bar I was feelin' a little empty and feelin' a little blue When the maid came in and asked me if she could do my room. I put down my old guitar and she gave me a smile She had a crusty voice and a drinker's look But she had a friendly style She dusted my room and made my bed and she talked of days gone by She spoke of when she wooed the men, a tear came to her eye. And she said, "I used to be a country singer I could sing a mean Patsy Cline My husband he could yodel like Wilf Carter Kitty Wells was a real good friend of mine". She told me that her husband died and her son was overseas I could tell by her eyes and her broken smile She was lonely just like me She asked me if I'd listen to a tape of when she was young She said, "I can't sing now, I forget the words and my voice is almost gone". And she said, "I used to be a country singer I could sing a mean Patsy Cline My husband he could yodel like Wilf Carter Kitty Wells was a real good friend of mine". Oh I cried inside but I couldn't tell if it was for her or for me So I grabbed my axe and we sang a song in two part harmony Ever since that day when I'm feelin' down and I can't find a happy tune I just think of that maid and the feeling she gave When she came to clean my room. And she said, "I used to be a country singer I could sing a mean Patsy Cline My husband he could yodel like Wilf Carter Kitty Wells was a real good friend of mine". "I used to be a country singer I could sing a mean Patsy Cline My husband he could yodel like Wilf Carter Kitty Wells was a real good friend of mine". Kitty Wells was a real good friend of mine. (Transcribed by David Story - March 2013)

    


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