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C.B. Heinemann: Music

Cold Rainy September

(C.B. Heinemann)
February 22, 2010
C.B. Heinemann
COLD RAINY SEPTEMBER

When you see me today, eyes dim and hair gray
You might never guess where I’ve been
I smoked and I cursed, but that’s not the worst
I broke many girls hearts and looked back with a grin
But I got my comeuppance, as you might have guessed
From a girl who was more than my match
She had lovely dark eyes, and she packed a surprise
She let me know I could never come up to scratch

It was a cold rainy September
I took matters into my hands
After two quarts of wine I made up my mind
I went out on the road in the wind and the rain

The first time I saw her she walked into my class
And sat down at a desk on my right
I feel asleep with eyes crossed reading “Paradise Lost”
And woke up with my nose in the palm of her hand
She never came back, I thought it must have been me
I wanted at least to apologize
But I remembered so much waking up to her touch
And that quizzical look she held in her eyes

When I saw her again I was telling bad jokes
And drinking too much to see straight
I showed up at her home after trying to phone
Until the police informed me the hour was late
I came off like a fool, but still thought I was cool
So like a fool I kept trying my luck
One day we got talking, and as we were walking
She kissed me, and that moment I knew I was stuck

I was caught by my lies--don’t pretend you’re surprised
We argued and then she was gone
I cast about blame, but it’s always the same
I’m left wondering just what side that I’m on
Now I’ve traveled through many far countries
And drank far too much that I should
Between fear of tomorrow and yesterday’s sorrow
They say live in the moment, I wish that I could