Sequel

Album: Sequel (1980)
Charted: 23
  • So here she's actin' happy inside her handsome home
    And me, I'm flyin' in my taxi, takin' tips and gettin' stoned
    I got into town a little early
    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
    I thought about taking a limousine
    Or at least a fancy car
    But I ended up taking a taxi
    'Cause that's how I got this far
    You see, ten years ago it was the front seat
    Drivin' stoned and feelin' no pain
    Now here I am straight and sittin' in the back
    Hitting Sixteen Parkside Lane
    The driveway was the same as I remembered
    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"
    But he offered to give me the address
    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"
    And so we rolled back into the city
    Up to a five-storey old brownstone
    I rang the bell that had her name on the mailbox
    The buzzer said somebody's home
    And the look on her face as she opened the door
    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
    And she said, "How are you Harry?
    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
    She said I've heard you flying high on my radio
    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"
    That's when I asked her where was that actress
    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"
    So we talked all through that afternoon
    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
    So I asked her to come to the concert
    She said "No, I work at night"
    I said, "We've gotten too damn good at leaving, Sue"
    She said, "Harry, you're right"
    Don't ask me if I made love to her
    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
    So I thought about her as I sang that night
    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
    I guess it's a sequel to our story
    From the journey 'tween heaven and hell
    With half the time thinking of what might have been
    and half thinkin' just as well
    I guess only time will tell Writer/s: HARRY F. CHAPIN
    Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
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Comments: 5

  • Pocono Charlie from PaChris in Vanceboro --- Sue was an actress, who knew well about 'playing out scenes'. Harry meeting her again was a role-reversal of their last meeting.
  • Jon from Colo Spgs, CoChapin did a year at the AF academy and he did have dreams to fly -- like so many others of us. "Taxi" and "Sequel" hit a good nerve here at AFA!!. I heard him sing "Taxi" when I attended AFA -- back in 1976 or 1977?. "Taxi" is an anthem to dreams of flying machines and loves lost trying to get there. "Sequel" is remarkable as is the song "Taxi." Gaping Chapin (his nickname at the Academy - his doolie year) was like all of us - 'gonna learn to fly'. Maybe he did it in a taxi - but the song? It's an AFA favorite... Sequel is too, for many reasons. Especially for those of us who did similar - try to learn to fly and who lost loves doing it. Clear skies - your six is clear Harry. -Jonbouy
  • Chris from Vanceboro, NcGiven the deliberate overtones of irony in Harry's body of work, I was always struck by the line:
    "and she said how are you Harry, 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"...

    That last repeated phrase, while it was obviously repeated to fill the line with the right number of syllables and rhyme scheme, "Play it out just once more" takes on new significance when one realizes that we would lose Harry not long after the release of the song.

    "Play it out just once more" before WHAT?

    I can't help but wonder if he had a sense of foreboding himself?
  • Kurt from Nashville, TnOriginal entry, sadly, misses Taxi's point: neither got the dream, at least at that point in their lives. Sue was NOT a successful actress, any more than Harry (the song character, not the singer) was then a successful singer.

    While Sue had presumably tried and failed to make it in that tough career choice, she had given up just as Harry had. It was clear to me from that song that she'd compromised ny marrying some rich guy - "actin' happy inside her handsome home" - and if it isn't clear from Taxi it becomes crystal in Sequel. If she were a successful but unhappy actress in Taxi she'd have owned the house; in Sequel, she's living in a walk-up because she's had to leave the house. Short of a vow of poverty and resulting giveaway, she can only be a wife who walked away from an unhappy marriage and home.
  • Grizzly from Panohai, PaTaxi was a great, bittersweet song, and Sequel matches it perfectly. What can you say about two really well-written songs like this -- they were great emotional songs. So many Chapin songs were filled with emotion, which is one of the things I like about them. If you like heart-felt ballads and haven't listened to these two, do yourself a favor and get them into your ears.
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