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It was raining hard in 'Frisco,
I needed one more fare to make my night.
A lady up ahead waved to flag me down,
She got in at the light.
Oh, where you going to, my lady blue,
It's a shame you ruined your gown in the rain.
She just looked out the window, and said
"Sixteen Parkside Lane".

Something about her was familiar
I could swear I'd seen her face before,
But she said, "I'm sure you're mistaken"
And she didn't say anything more.

It took a while, but she looked in the mirror,
And she glanced at the license for my name.
A smile seemed to come to her slowly,
It was a sad smile, just the same.
And she said, "How are you Harry?"
I said, "How are you Sue?
Through the too many miles
And the too little smiles
I still remember you."

It was somewhere in a fairy tale,
I used to take her home in my car.
We learned about love in the back of the Dodge,
The lesson hadn't gone too far.
You see, she was gonna be an actress,
And I was gonna learn to fly.
She took off to find the footlights,
And I took off to find the sky.

Oh, I've got something inside me,
To drive a princess blind.
There's a wild man, wizard,
He's hiding in me, illuminating my mind.
Oh, I've got something inside me,
Not what my life's about,
Cause I've been letting my outside tide me,
Over 'till my time, runs out.

Baby's so high that she's skying,
Yes she's flying, afraid to fall.
I'll tell you why baby's crying,
Cause she's dying, aren't we all.

There was not much more for us to talk about,
Whatever we had once was gone.
So I turned my cab into the driveway,
Past the gate and the fine trimmed lawns.
And she said we must get together,
But I knew it'd never be arranged.
And she handed me twenty dollars,
For a two fifty fare, she said
"Harry, keep the change."
Well another man might have been angry,
And another man might have been hurt,
But another man never would have let her go...
I stashed the bill in my shirt.

And she walked away in silence,
It's strange, how you never know,
But we'd both gotten what we'd asked for,
Such a long, long time ago.

You see, she was gonna be an actress
And I was gonna learn to fly.
She took off to find the footlights,
And I took off for the sky.
And here, she's acting happy,
Inside her handsome home.
And me, I'm flying in my taxi,
Taking tips, and getting stoned,
I go flying so high, when I'm stoned.



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    UnregisteredAug 13, 2012 at 2:02 am
    They were each other's first love... Both attempted to follow their dream.. But only able to achieve in name what they wanted to be... She's "acting happy" and not... He's" flying" only in his mind... Sad song of love lost.. Lives lost ...
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    Dale VinzantDec 7, 2013 at 8:16 am
    Allegedly Harry did work as a cab driver after he got out of the Air Force (he wanted to fly). I have always wondered if this was not part of Harry's real life. Granted, Harry is a story teller, but maybe this was real, there seems to be a lot of detail, more than one would expect in a song. The vivid memories of times gone by. The wanting, the desire, but the final reality -- it could never be. Play the cards you have been dealt, maybe, someday... Hope springs eternal.
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    UnregisteredJul 17, 2012 at 7:15 pm
    I just love the line "another man never would have let her go". This guy walked away from a beautiful woman to chase his dream and didn't get it either. Very sad. Been there, done that, 1973.
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    UnregisteredJun 18, 2012 at 10:31 pm
    Life turns out funny. Some people are able, through hard work, encouragement, education, and luck to get to live their dreams. Most of us have to settle for something slightly less than the dream. That's what this song is about.
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    UnregisteredJun 13, 2012 at 5:14 am
    I agree with march 21st. Neither got what they really wanted out of life but ironically settled for a lot less and terrified to admit it. Aren't we all like that in some way or another?

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