A Good Time
John Prine
Time was once
just a clock to me
and life was just a book
a biography
success was something
you just had to be
and I would spend myself unknowingly
and you know that I could have me
a million more friends
and all I'd have to lose
is my point of view
but I had no idea
what a good time would cost
till last night
when I sat and talked with you.

An apple will spoil
if it's been abused
a candle disappears
when its been used
a rainbow may follow
up a hurricane
and I can't leave forever
on a train
and you know that I'd survive
if I never spoke again
and all I'd have to lose
is my vanity
but I had no idea
what a good time would cost
till last night
when you sat and talked with me.

You can smile
for the lack of something else to do
and no one will laugh
and point a finger at you
if your tears didn't always
make me feel so bad
would you still cry
everytime that you felt sad
I thought I'd heard and seen
enough to get along
till you said something
neither of us knew
and I had no idea
what a good time would cost
till last night
when I sat and talked with you.

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