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The scene was a small roadside cafe
The waitress was sweepin' the floor
Two truck-drivers drinkin' their coffee
And two okie-kids by the door

How much are them candies, they asked her
How much have you got, she replied
We've only a penny between us
Them's two for a penny, she lied

And the daylight grew heavy with thunder
And the smell of the rain on the wind
Ain't it just like a human
Here comes that rainbow again

One truckdriver called to the waitress
After the kids went outside
Them candies ain't two for a penny
So what's it to you, she replied
In silence they finished their coffee
Got up and nodded godbye
She called, hey, you left too much money
So what's it to you, they replied

And the daylight grew heavy with thunder
And the smell of the rain on the wind
Ain't it just like a human
Here comes that rainbow again

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    UnregisteredSep 14, 2011 at 5:58 pm
    Not so much for meaning as for understanding I think.
    All of us are either on our way to somewhere, or standing by the road near that cafe door for a way on with our life. We are either the truckdrivers a-travelin on , or that waitress a-waiting and a-serving others headed somewhere.
    And there's the two okie kids at the door, no prospect of getting on with life except as it might accidentally fall to them; wisting for~ they know not what. But the candies are there, the only scant sweetness in their lives for all to see, and only see, without the 'nother penny forthcoming in this dusty place-between-places that could garner them some sweetness. One-cent worth of hope and longing flood the song's meaning for our listening's understanding, and the waitress is seen by the travelers-at-coffee doing the slight-compassion delivering up sweetness of her humanity in the form of them penny-candies: a sweetness that erupts in a rainbow of light illuminating the scene as sung for us all to catch the force of the summer storm providentially settling the dust with a rare refreshment that, like the storm sweeping through with such a power, commands all attention, wanting, it seems in the moment, to cleanse the shabbiness of our human self-concernitudes and we are cheered by the compounded reaction in the two coffee drinkers thus compelled to humanly become part of this simplest generosity of the human heart: this wind-swept thundering moment as it passes from our virtually sung view: the melody becomes not easily forgotten, because we know we have been there, if only in this moment, so wondrous to our ears and understanding of what has always been the message of the rainbow: how a least kindness can blow up a storm of generosity that providentially can never be out done thanks to the powers that be.

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