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Goodnight America by Mary Chapin Carpenter

Album: Between Here and GoneReleased: 2004
  • I'm standing at a traffic light somewhere in West L.A.
    Waiting for the sign to change then I'll be on my way
    The noise, the heat, the crush of cars just robs me of my nerve
    And someone yells and blasts their horn and pins me to the curb

    I'm a stranger here, no one you would know
    My ship has not come in but I keep hoping though
    And I keep looking past, the sun that sets above
    Saying to myself, goodnight America

    And I'm driving into Houston on a rain slicked Texas road
    Land so flat and sky so dark, I say a prayer to float
    Should all at once the Sanasito surge beyond it's banks
    Like Noah reaching higher ground I'd offer up my thanks

    'Cause I'm a stranger here, no one you would know
    I'm just passing through, I am therefore I go
    The moon rose in the east but now it's right above
    As I say aloud, goodnight America

    Midnight, it's hard to see the stars
    Out on a highway near Atlanta
    Full of strip malls and used cars

    First light just roll your window down
    And smell the salty air
    Perfume of Charleston Town

    I'm looking with a pilgrim's eyes upon some promised land
    And dreaming with my heart outstretched as if it were my hand
    And I'll hit the cross Bronx just in time to beat the rush hour lock
    I have no clue what time it is from this world's busted clock

    I'm a stranger here, no one you would know
    I'm from somewhere else, well, isn't everybody though?
    I don't know where I'll be when the sun comes up
    Until then sweet dreams, goodnight AmericaWriter/s: MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER
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