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    A HEARTFELT LINE OR TWO
    (Words and Music by Joan Baez)

    Though the songwriters of the industry
    Write most of the songs I do
    And it's clear that no one will ever
    Sing them quite the way I do
    I think tonight I'll sit down and write
    A heartfelt line or two
    And if they turn out good enough
    I owe every word to you

    To the kid I thought was a little too young
    To know what sadness was
    Who took me out when I was down
    And set out to find the cause
    Of why the lady had the blues
    And seemed on the verge of tears
    I tell you that kid must have been around
    For a hundred and fifty years

    And to the tough guy blonde with the front tooth gone
    And ships all over his chest
    Who approached me out on the promenade
    Of the beach heading into the west
    His friends lay around on the muscleman lawn
    Like a drunken pirate band
    But he turned into a gentleman
    Called me a lady and kissed my hand

    Though the songwriters of the industry
    Write most of the songs I do
    And it's clear that no one will ever
    Sing them quite the way I do
    I think tonight I'll sit down and write
    A heartfelt line or two
    And if they turn out good enough
    I owe every word to you

    To the man and the woman who threw me a glance
    As they picnicked by the sea
    And returned their gaze to the kid and the food
    So as not to bother me
    They got up to leave and the woman looked on
    As the man leaned down to say
    "You've always meant so much to us
    Don't want to bother you and have a nice day"

    And to the band of gypsies I call friends
    Who speak so carefully
    To their friend with a life unlike their own
    In its strange complexities
    Who have the patience of the saints
    When I've been down for a spell
    I wish it were a whole lot easier
    To find the words to wish them well

    Though the songwriters of the industry
    Write most of the songs I do
    And it's clear that no one will ever
    Sing them quite the way I do
    I think tonight I'll sit down and write
    A heartfelt line or two
    And if they turn out good enough
    I owe every word to you

    © 1977, 1978 Gabriel Earl Music (ASCAP)


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