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Friday, 7 December 2018

HARRY CHAPIN 7.12.42 - 16.7.1981



Harry Chapin, high up on my list of favourite singer/songwriters, was born this day, 7 December, in 1942. He was killed at 38 in a road traffic accident in 1981.

Shortly after the tragic news, I wrote this song.

HARRY'S SONG (FOR HARRY CHAPIN)

You took me to some places
and not once did I say no
from the deck of a sinking ship
to some local radio
You took me higher than an eagle
and you never let me down
you taught me simple lessons
of a world a-spinning round

It's so sad that Harry's gone but I can bring him back
with an electronic needle on a hundred album tracks
It's so sad to lose a singer before the final song
now the angels buy his music
it's so sad that Harry's gone

You made my dreams a little sweeter
and my smile a little wide
You made me laugh a little louder
and cry deep down inside
You took me by the hand
and you told your stories well
but when the wheel stopped turning
there was still much more to tell
 

It's so sad that Harry's gone but I can bring him back
with an electronic needle on a hundred album tracks
It's so sad to lose a singer before the final song
now the angels buy his music
it's so sad that Harry's gone

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