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John Mellencamp – Taxi Dancer lyrics

Written by John Mellencamp

Oh yeah
Well she started out, just to be a dancer
Gonna make her livin' dancin'
In the Broadway shows
So she hitchhiked cross the country
From Pasaroba to the Big Red Apple
Where your dreams are made
Your debts must be paid on time

Well she wasn't used to livin' in the city
So she took a job cleanin' up as a maid
At the Grammercy Park Hotel
And all her auditions
They didn't turn out so pretty
So she took a job dancin'
At the bar down the street as well

*I'll hold you close, Taxi Dancer
And I'll listen to how your outgrew your dreams
How they faded away
I'll hold you close, Taxi Dancer
We can pretend this floor is the Broadway stage

Well I don't know how long or how far
Her fortune did take her
But I heard she sits alone drunk
In a bar downtown on 42nd Street
And sometimes an old Butch
Will slip a quarter into the jukebox
And she'll stagger to the bar
And dance with that girl for free

(*Repeat Chorus)
Oh the stage, baby

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    One of my favorite songs. To me taxi dancer is about a gal who went to find her dreams and be who she wanted to be and got derailed. But she had the love of a man who was there for her no matter good bad or indifferent. Even when she was at her lowest he was there for her. Beautiful love song. Wish I had someone to love me that deeply. Dina.
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