From the album Red Beet Records - 2008

Lyrics

(Peter Cooper) Well Known Music/SESAC/admin. by BUG Music

I know a guy who played power forward on a really good high school basketball team. And now he doesn’t. But he wants you to know that he did. Athletes die while they’re still alive, you know. “Playing ball in a high school gym/ Was the last time anybody clapped for him.” Tom T. Hall once told me that applause is the only unbeatable addiction. Sometimes a void causes all manner of unbecoming behavior, and sometimes you can make a song out of just such a situation. By the way, the line in here about “back pocket money” wouldn’t have happened without Tom T. The first hit song he wrote after moving to Nashville was “Back Pocket Money,” recorded by Jimmy C. Newman.

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Car tire scraped up against the curb
Hands on the wheel like a hummingbird
Killed the engine, then he sat there still
Still not believing that he’d closed the deal
Up the walk and through the door
Clock on the wall said a quarter to four
Up the stairs and his wife said
“Christ, I kept waking up wondering if you were okay”


She said, “Where’d you go tonight?”
She said “What’d you do?”
He told a couple of lies
But the rest was true


Playing ball in a high school gym
Was the last time anybody clapped for him
Then it was five day weeks on a company shift
Barroom nights trying to plan some grift
Years ago there was a chance he blew
And it marked him wrong, like a dumb tattoo
But in just one night, Lord, he got it all back
Took the whole damn thing from red to black


She said, “Where’d you go tonight?”
She said “What’d you do?”
He told a couple of lies
But the rest was true


Back pocket money is a small town whore
Won’t stay long, ain’t hard to score
Briefcase money is a different thing
It’s a church bell chime and a diamond ring
Church bell chime and a diamond ring
And a secret dark and threatening
And a sin that’s too fine to repent
And a feeling things are different


She said, “Where’d you go tonight?”
She said “What’d you do?”
He told a couple of lies
But the rest was true
He told a couple of lies
But the rest was true
He told a couple of lies

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