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He never cared much for high school, only liked to sing
He started up a four-piece band with some drop-out friends
Met himself a girl at a dive bar gig, said her name's Lorraine
Oh Lorraine, oh Lorraine

He wrote a thousand songs about her, always used her name
They married after a short while, only a few dates
And a song he wrote on their wedding day got some radio play
Called "Lorraine," oh Lorraine

He hit the road and hit it good, left her in his wake
She divorced him with evidence of his breach in faith
And the judge gave her all the money from the song that bears her name
Oh "Lorraine," oh Lorraine

Now 10 years gone and the band's broke up, taking real jobs to get paid
He keeps writing songs every night, they all sound just like "Lorraine"
Can't shake the fear of being known for a song that brings him pain
Called "Lorraine," oh Lorraine

Now and again he'll go to the Rhythm Club where the bar staff knows his face
His picture's up there on the wall, back from the good old days
If they ask him to, he'll do a set, and he always closes them with "Lorraine"

But most nights he just watches the band, these young guys sure can play
And he worries that one might write a song cursed just like "Lorraine"
Oh Lorraine, oh Lorraine


from Javelina, released January 26, 2013


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