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AL & RITA

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One day as I was turning into my driveway I saw Rita on her porch. She’s a lot like me.

AL & RITA

Al was a smoker. He’s dead now, of course
Al has Alzheimer’s. Alcohol made it worse
Al had a family, two sons and a wife
Everyone said Al had a good life

Al was a lawyer, a decan, a friend
Al would smoke a cigarette, then he’d smoke it again
His memories were scattered along with his health
But Rita loved Al like nobody else.

She’ll be alone for the rest of her days
Too late to start over in too many ways
Men at her church as lonely as she
But none of them dream about Rita.

Rita wears moomoos to cover her weight
Her nails are pristine. Her hair’s up yo date.
It’s hard on her heart but Rita knows it’s too late
Nobody’s looking for Rita

I climb up on her roof
rake the leaves to the ground
When things need doing
her boys aren’t around

She wakes at 6:30. She makes up her face
Scrambles an egg then washes the plate
Sits out on her porch and she ponders her fate
What does this world hold for Rita?

She’s looking back on the best of her days
Too late to start over in so many ways
Men at her church as lonely as she
But none of them interest Rita.
Al was the one man for Rita…

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Greg Connor said

Sad and beautiful at the same time. A good look into the lives we lead.

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terrysongs said

Shades of “say hello in there” You'er at your best on this one Jim.

Guest said

Shades of "say hello in there" You'er at your best on this one Jim.

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Rhonie said

great song!

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