I Wanna Learn a Love Song

Album: Verities & Balderdash (1974)
Charted: 44
  • I come fresh from the street
    Fast on my feet, kinda lean and lazy
    Not much meat on my bones, and a whole lot alone
    And more than a little bit crazy
    The old six string was all I had
    To keep my belly still
    And for each full-hour lesson I gave
    I got a crisp ten dollar bill

    She was married for seven years
    To a concrete castle king
    She said she wanted to learn to play the guitar
    And to hear her children sing
    So I'd show up about once a week
    In my faded tight-legged jeans
    With a backlog full of hobo stories
    And dilapidated dreams

    [Chorus]
    She said, "I want to learn a love song full of happy things."
    She said, "I want to learn a love song; won't you let me hear you sing?"
    She said, "I want to learn a love song, I want to hear you play."
    She said, "I want to learn a love song before you go away."

    So I tried to teach her a couple of chords
    And an easy melody
    But it always turned out she'd rather listen
    To my guitar and me
    I could hear her old man laughing in the den
    Playing stud poker with the boys
    While I sang so soft in the living room
    Too scared to make much noise
    I came one week and the den was dark
    And she met me at the door
    And we sat on the couch and we sang and talked
    Till I could not sing no more
    The silence kept on building
    Her eyes grew much too wide
    And I could hear both of our heartbeats
    But there was no place to hide

    [Chorus]

    Well, I guess you know what happened
    God, I never been so clean
    Yes, I feel like I'm working in a Hollywood movie
    Or living out a good bad dream
    And all them pinup girls in that tinsel world
    Never touched me like she can
    It took another man's wife in the real world life
    To make this boy a man

    [Chorus]

    I guess you know I stayed Writer/s: HARRY F. CHAPIN
    Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 1

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 26th 1975, Harry Chapin's Broadway revue 'The Night That Made America Famous' opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in New York City...
    The revue ran for forty-seven performances and was nominated for two Tony Awards...
    At the time Harry's "I Wanna Learn A Love Song" was at #77 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; a little under four weeks later on March 23rd it would peak at #44 {for 1 week} and it stayed on the chart for 9 weeks...
    It reached #36 on the Canadian RPM Singles chart...
    Between 1972 and 1980 he had seven Top 100 records; one made the Top 10, but that was a big one, "Cat's In the Cradle" peaked at #1 {for 1 week} on December 15th, 1974...
    Sadly, Harry Chapin passed away on July 16th, 1981 at the young age of 38...
    May he R.I.P.
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