Love At The Five And Dime

Album: The Last Of The True Believers (1986)
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  • Rita was sixteen years
    Hazel eyes and chestnut hair
    She made the Woolworth counter shine

    And Eddie was a sweet romancer
    And a darn good dancer
    And they waltzed the aisles of the five and dime

    And they'd sing
    Dance a little closer to me
    Hey, dance a little closer now
    Dance a little closer tonight

    Dance a little closer to me
    Hey, it's closing time
    And love's on sale
    Tonight at this five and dime

    Eddie played the steel guitar
    And his mama cried 'cause he played in the bars
    And he kept young Rita out late at night

    Soon they married up in Abelene
    Lost a child in Tennessee
    But still that love survived


    One of the boys in Eddie's band
    Took a shine to Rita's hand
    So , Eddie ran off with the bass man's wife

    Oh, but he was back by June
    Singin' a different tune
    Sporting Miss Rita back by his side


    Eddie played in the barroom band
    'Til arthritis took his hands
    Now he sells insurance on the side

    And Rita's got her house to keep
    She sells dime store novels with a love so sweet
    And they dance to the radio late at night and still sing


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  • Caroline Attaway from Jonesborough TnWhen I learned Nanci Griffith passed away, I had never heard of her. Having listened to Love at the Five and Dime she has garnered a new fan. I loved the story I discovered when I googled the song and learned about the reference made to the success Kathy Mattea had with the song in the 80's. The fact that the counter from Woolworths is now in the Smithsonian was very impressive, even though it had nothing to do with the song. Thanks to whoever uploaded the song.
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