Chestnut Street

Album: Chestnut Street Incident (1976)
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  • Well I've lived and breathed and been disbelieved
    In these small town streets too long
    I've been up with the winners and down with the sinners
    And hung on this corner 'til dawn
    And my hands they have been tied
    To a life I've been denied
    I'm just a small town boy bein' used like a toy
    And workin' from nine to five

    By the end of the day, all the kids would go play
    And I'd come staggering home
    With a dream in my hand and a master plan
    That wouldn't leave my mind alone
    I compromised all my schemes
    And fluctuated all my dreams
    I'm just a small town boy bein' used like a toy
    And nothing is like it really seems

    But you must believe that when I walk down the tracks
    The young girls fall back and say
    There goes that sleek young silhouette
    He don't drive no Corvette
    But he stings just like a Sting Ray
    And that's my only redemption in this house of detention
    That keeps me from simply blowin' it all away
    'Cause when I walk down the street in the hot summer heat
    I say, God don't take this away

    I keep hopin' and wishin' that these romantic positions
    Gonna help me hide my pain
    And all the hurt that I've felt underneath my leather studded belt
    Of not finding fortune and fame
    But some day I'll blow 'em away with the things that I may sing and
    Might say
    I'm just a small town boy bein' used like a toy
    And waitin' for my pay dirt day

    I'm just a small town boy bein' used like a toy
    And waitin' for my pay day Writer/s: JOHN MELLENCAMP
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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