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James Taylor – Bartender's Blues lyrics

Now I'm just a bartender
And I don't like my work

But I don't mind the money at all
I see lots of sad faces
And lots of bad cases
Of folks with their backs to the wall

But I need four walls around me to hold my life
To keep me from going a-stray
And a honky-tonk angel to hold me tight
To keep me from slipping away

I can light up your smokes
I can laugh at your jokes

[Bartender's Blues lyrics on]I can watch you fall down on your knees
I can close down this bar
I can gas up my car
I can pack up and mail in my key


Now, the smoke fills the air
In this honky-tonk bar
And I'm thinking 'bout where I'd rather be

But I burned all my bridges
I sank all my ships
And I'm stranded at the edge of the sea


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    Listening night after night to "lots of bad cases", knowing there is not much of an answer to give of encouragement to "folks with their backs to the wall", a bartender smiles, lites up their smokes and laugh at their jokes, but when it comes to himself who has burned all his bridges and sank all his ships, there is only one answer when the four walls that held him and a honky tonk angel no longer stops him from slipping away.
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