And me, I'm flyin' in my taxi, takin' tips and gettin' stoned.
Had eight hours to kill before the show.
First I thought about heading up north of the bay
Then I knew where I had to go.
Or at least a fancy car.
But I ended up taking a taxi
'Cause that's how I got this far.
Drivin' stoned and feelin' no pain.
Now here I am straight and sittin' in the back
Hitting Sixteen Parkside Lane.
And a butler came and answered the door.
He just shook his head when I asked for her
And said "She doesn't live here anymore."
That they were forwarding her letters to.
I just took it and returned to the cabbie
And said "I got one more fare for you."
Up to a five store old brownstone
I rang the bell that had her name on the mailbox.
The buzzer said somebody's home.
Was like an old joke told by a friend.
It'd taken ten more years but she'd found her smile
And I watched the corners start to bend.
Haven't we played this scene before?"
I said "It's so good to see you, Sue
Had to play it out just once more."
Play it out just once more.
I answered "It's not all it seems"
That's when she laughed and she said, "It's better sometimes
When we don't get to touch our dreams."
She said "That was somebody else"
And then I asked her why she looked so happy now
She said "I finally like myself, at last I like myself."
Talking about where we'd been
We talked of the tiny difference
Between ending and starting to begin.
We talked because talking tells you things
Like what you really are thinking about.
But sometimes you can't find what you're feeling
Till all the word run out.
She said "No, I work at night."
I said, "We've gotten too damn good at leaving, Sue"
She said, "Harry, you're right."
Or which one of us started to cry
Don't ask me why she wouldn't take the money that I left
If I answered at all I'd lie.
And how the circle keeps rolling around.
How I act as I'm facing the footlights
And how she's flying with both feet on the ground.
From the journey 'tween heaven and hell
With half the time thinking of what might have been
and half thinkin' just as well.