Simple Life

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lyrics

‘Simple Life’
Words and music by Thom Carter. Copyright Verlaine Records 2010.


You were talking about Allan Ginsberg,
With cigarettes and good white wine,
On the table, in a restaurant,
With your camera in your hand all the time,

And the light was changing,
The light was changing all the time,

And life is changing,
Life is changing all the time.


You were telling me all about ‘Howl’ and the Vietnam War,
And I was listening, all the while not listening,
I was more concerned about the jeans that you wore,
And the life right in front of me than what was written on some pages,

In the ‘60s,
In the ‘60’s,
One more time,

Then she kissed me,
Well, she almost kissed me,
As I told her why,


Why I just don’t mind a simple life,
Why I just don’t mind a simple life,
I take each day at a time,
I just don’t mind a simple life.


I was the first one in my family to make it,
Out of the working class and into the new,
It don’t make you better,
Don’t make you wiser,
But money can let you do things that you can’t otherwise do,

Not for wanting,
Not for needing,
Not for being just good enough at those things to make do,

Not for love,
And not for dreaming,
Not for wishing on air when you can get at the truth,
And that’s always the truth.


But I can’t even whisper to myself,
What I wanted you to know,

Life’s so crowded, life’s so fast,
All I wanna do is pack and go,

Catch a plane, ride in a boat,
Anything to clear my head,

And bring me back to that simple life again,
And bring me back to that simple life again.


So you were talking about Allan Ginsberg?
In a restaurant with good French wine,
And the chairs and tables were all spilling out onto the street,
And your camera was clicking all the time,

And the light was changing,
The light was changing all the time,

And life is changing,
Life is changing with the times,

But I just don’t mind a simple life,
I just don’t mind a simple life,
I take each day at a time,
I just don’t mind a simple life,

A simple life,
A simple life,
A simple life.

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from From Here to You, released September 1, 2010

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