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That Song About The Midway

Released by Bonnie Raitt in 1974
From the Album: Streetlights |

This version of That Song About The Midway was released by Bonnie Raitt in 1974.

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Met you on a midaway at a fair last year
And you stood out like a ruby in a black man’s ear
You were playing on the horses
You were playing on the guitar strings
You were playing like the devil wearing wings
Wearing wings, you looked so grand, wearing wings
Do you tie them to your shoulders just to sing
Can you fly? I hear you can! Can you fly?
Just like an eagle doin’ his hunting from the sky

I followed through a sideshow to another town
And I found you in a trailer on the camping grounds
You were betting on some lover, shootin’ out the dice
And I thought I saw you cheating once or twice
Once or twice, I heard ya did, once or twice
Were you wondering was the gamble worth the price
Now you’ve packed it in, I heard you did, packed it in
Was it hard to fold a hand you knew you could win?

Lately you’ve been hiding, it was somewhere in the news
And I’m still at these races with my ticket stubs and my blues
The man calls out the numbers…he sometimes mentions mine
But I feel like I’ve been working overtime
Overtime, I’ve lost my fire, overtime
And I envy you the valley that you’ve found

‘Cause I’m midway down the midway
Slowin’ down

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Bonnie Raitt has released many songs over the years besides That Song About The Midway. Bonnie Raitt released songs from 1971 to 2005 spanning across albums like Bonnie Raitt, Give It Up, Takin' My Time, Streetlights, Home Plate, Sweet Forgiveness, The Glow, Green Light, Nine Lives, Nick Of Time, Luck Of The Draw, Longing In Their Hearts, Fundamental, Silver Lining, and Souls Alike. Decade Lyrics has over lyrics & songs by Bonnie Raitt.

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