Donald and Lydia

Album: John Prine (1971)
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  • Small town, bright lights, Saturday night
    Pinballs and pool halls flashing their lights
    Making change behind the counter in a penny arcade
    Sat the fat girl daughter of Virginia and Ray

    Lydia
    Lydia hid her thoughts like a cat
    Behind her small eyes sunk deep in her fat
    She read romance magazine up in her room
    And felt just like Sunday on Saturday afternoon

    But dreaming just comes natural
    Like the first breath from a baby
    Like sunshine feeding daisies
    Like the love hidden deep in your heart

    Bunk beds, shaved heads, Saturday night
    A warehouse of strangers with sixty watt lights
    Staring through the ceiling, just wanting to be
    Lay one of too many, a young PFC

    Donald
    There were spaces between Donald and whatever he said
    Strangers had forced him to live in his head
    He envisioned the details of romantic scenes
    After midnight in the stillness of the barracks latrine

    But dreaming just comes natural
    Like the first breath from a baby
    Like sunshine feeding daisies
    Like the love hidden deep in your heart

    Hot love, cold love, no love at all
    A portrait of guilt is hung on the wall
    Nothing is wrong, nothing is right
    Donald and Lydia made love that night

    Love
    The made love in the mountains, they made love in the streams
    They made love in the valleys, they made love in their dreams
    But when they was finished there was nothing to say
    'Cause mostly they made love from ten miles away

    But dreaming just comes natural
    Like the first breath from a baby
    Like sunshine feeding daisies
    Like the love hidden deep in your heart

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