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Who Knew? (Original Version)

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Just happened to run across Greg Connor’s challenge to write a song around the words “who knew”. I knew right off I wanted to include some characteristics of Greg’s songs: romance, humor, and Las Cruces leaped to mind. I thought about it for a little while and this is what came out.

Hey, who knew?

Oh your eyes they are beady
Too large is your snoot
Yer flat in yer breastworks
And back in yer boot
Yer hair’s thin and mousy
But land sakes above
Who knew that at first sight
I’d fall in love

It was down in Las Cruces
In a honky-tonk bar
You were servin’ up them juices
I was waitin’ on my car
To get fixed down at Louie’s
Garage, Lord above!
You were some kinda vision
And I fell in love

We look back from the future
It’s all we can do
We’re blind at the time
Yes it’s true
Hindsight’s 20/20
Lookin’ back we just laugh
Shake our heads, shrug
And just say “Who knew?”

At first you were shy
Wouldn’t look me in the eye
Sir we got 50-cent tacos
On special today
My head went all queer
I ordered six with my beer
And sat there and drooled
As you walked away

To make a long story short
You eventually came around
Now it’s been 20 years
Since we laid our hearts down
Looking back from the future
We were destined to
But that day in Las Cruces
Oh Lordy, who knew?

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Greg Connor said

This song graced our living room this morning. Your guitar playing on this is amazingly delicate, but it’s the lyrics that got both Rita and I laughing out loud. Now .... that’s poetry.

Guest said

So many different interpretations of this challenge and this is just fabulous.

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Gary Fox said

Great number!

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Andrew Russe said

Oh yes. Like it, wonderful story telling.

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another cultural landslide said

Robert, this is wonderful!

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Johnny Stone said

Dig it

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Nick P said

Wonderful song! Great story telling.

Guest said

I love tacos!

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Colleen Dillon said

OH MY!!!!!!!!!!!! This is such a delight!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!

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Robert Palomo said

Greg Connor - actually there's some true story in there. My wife and I had overnighted in Las Cruces and visited the historic village of Mesillia next day. There was a little "cafe" (bar!!) on the corner of the square. We wanted lunch. We stuck our noses in and were informed that it was "Taco Tuesday"... 50-cent tacos and $1.00 Samuel Adams pints until 5 pm. We were on vacation. SOLD! Ordered 6 not knowing that New Mexico's popular variety of taco has mashed potato inside. Ugh! Too stuffed to jump!

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slkrell said

Great to see you took the Challenge. lots of fun here.

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Greg Connor said

I got a real kick out of your comment about my *"Who Knew"* song. And now I've listened to your Masterpiece! What a treat! I love the way you describe your sweetheart . . . as only a poet could do. Six Taco? Now that's love! Thanks for raising the bar, once again. Added to the Playlist:

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