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emmylou harris – broken man’s lament lyrics

i was once a broken man
i was once a broken fool
lost my wife and children
to one basic broken rule

now i live my life in silence
though i’m not quite in a sh*ll
i drink and listen to that song
‘a whiter shade of pale’, oh
a whiter shade of pale

i was a good shade tree mechanic
so i sent myself to school
they smoothed out my rough edges
in my hands they put new tools

the instructor, once he told me
i could work on any line
i could tune to make a diesel sing
just like patsy cline, oh
just like patsy cline

well, i met my wife to be
through my mother’s best friend’s son
she’d been a barroom singer
she was as good as anyone

but i asked her to stop singing
and the girl, she did not flinch
next day she went and bought that man
a brand new crescent wrench, oh
a brand new crescent wrench

we had three fine children
as eight years went on by
and earned a supervising line
my knuckles stayed bone dry

but after supper i kept hearing her
by the kitchen radio
singing sweet but desperate harmony
a little bit too low, oh
a little bit too low

she left three months later
i’d just come home for lunch
note said “easy come, hard go
i still love you so much”

she said, “i don’t know if i’ll be there
or if you’ll want me when i come
but if and when that happens, dear
you’d better let my sweet dream run”, oh
let my sweet dream run

oh, oh
oh, oh
oh, oh

i was a good shade tree mechanic
so i sent myself to school
they smoothed out my rough edges
in my hand they put new tools

the instructor once he told me
i could work on any line
but now my diesels ain’t the only thing
that sing like patsy cline, oh
sing like patsy cline

i was once a broken man
i was once a broken fool
lost my wife and children
to one basic broken rule

now i live my life in silence
though i’m not quite in a sh*ll
i drink and listen to that song
‘a whiter shade of pale’, oh

a whiter shade of pale, oh
a whiter shade of pale, oh
a whiter shade of pale


- emmylou harris lyrics

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