No Place Special

The road stretched out before me
Leading me away from where
I’d spent time spinning all around
It was time to ride from there
The truck it stopped and picked me up
We didn’t talk at all
We’d gone 300 miles
Then he said, ok bud….there that’s all

I walked down from the hilltop highway
Into somewhere new
I didn’t read the sign on entry
This place was somewhere new
I bummed around the country side
Working jobs and playing bars
Getting rides from country truckers
And from college kids in cars

I was heading no place special
And as I look around
I think I’m here
I was heading no place special
And as I look around
I think I’m here

I stopped into a diner for a coffee and a meal
The waitress looked me over
Like I was her next meal
She brought the coffee over
Said “you’ve not been here before”
I told her “I’m not staying”
and what I was looking for

All I owned in the whole world was in my pack
Two pair of jeans, some t shirts,
And my guitar, painted black
She said “son, can you play that?”
“If you can, the meals on me”
I took her on her offer
I love food when it is free

She said, my momma loved the songs
the ones that tell a tale of woe
I tuned up, started strumming
And said, well “here we go”
I sang of Frisco Mabel Joy and crying in my beer
I looked at her, her eyes were closed
But, I knew…were full of tears

I played Lefty and Poncho, songs of love and loss
I sang of travelling the country side
I sang of Christ upon the cross
She wiped her eyes, and looked at me
Real deep, you know the way
When the tone is gonna change some
And there’s something important for to say

“If you want to linger here….there’s a room out in the back”
“The rent is cheap, the food is free”
“Just play your guitar painted black”
She offered me a leg up
It’s been a while since
I thought about a future
I felt kinda like a prince

She said, “no one here plays anything at all”
“They make the words up as they go”
“And they always play too loud”
“You can play here if you want to”
“Mostly requests, and some new stuff”
“You can even sing the songs you write”
“When you think you’ve had enough”

“Tip jar money also, that’s all yours for when you play”
“take notice though, there’s not much here”
“To do through out the day”
Again, she looked me over
I’ll tell you how it made me feel
Like I’d been cornered by a cougar
And I was her next meal

I was heading no place special
And as I look around
I think I’m here
I was heading no place special
And as I look around
I think I’m here

I went on stage that night to start
Singing songs and rambling
I knew most of the ones they asked
On the others I was gambling
I mumbled through and had them sing
So I could learn the words
And as for what I didn’t know
Well, I do not think they heard

Made forty bucks in tips first night
I think I’ll gonna stay
You know “Piano Man” on the guitar
ain’t bad tenth time you play
I sang of seeing doctors and of trucks and vintage cars
Of Redneck Family Reunions
And of looking at the stars

I started out for no place special
Now, I’ve find it I might stay
For the folks in no place special
All kind of roll my way
I started out for no place special
Yes, I know I’m gonna stay
For the folks in no place special
All kind of roll my way

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