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God Babe You've Been Good To Me
by Harry Chapin

Oh God Babe, you've been good for me
Good when I been barely holding on
and you did what you could for me
When all the ones I counted on were gone

You picked me up in your battered blue
Volkswagen, babe
You laid me down on the mattress on the
floor that was your bed
Some wisdom in you told you
ministering to my body
Brought a temporary respite to the
demons that were screaming in my head

Oh God Babe, you've been good for me
Good when I been barely holding on
and you did what you could for me
When all the ones I counted on were gone

You see it was not the things you told
me
Though what you told me served to
make me smile
You just knew enough to hold me, and
in holding me you held off the night
a little while.

You had a beach and a cottage and
some nights that were free
You had those eyes that smiled in a
dream
But I was lost, confused and still you
seemed to see
How I was tired of running rapids, I
was trying to find an island in the stream

Oh God Babe, you've been good for me
Good when I been barely holding on
and you did what you could for me
When all the ones I counted on were gone

You see it was not the things you told
me
Though what you told me served to
make me smile
You just knew enough to hold me, and
in holding me you held off the night
a little while.

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"Oh, if a man tried to take his time on earth and prove before he died what one man's life could be worth, I wonder what would happen to this world?" -- Harry Chapin, 1942-1981.

 

 


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In 1972, Harry released Sniper & Other Love Songs. Thirty years would pass before the album would ever reach the CD format. Sniper was finally re-released in June, 2002.

Originally given a working title of Sweet City Suite, the album tells the story of various characters one might run into in a city. The album features the original studio versions of Chapin classics "A Better Place to Be" and "Circle." But perhaps more importantly (as those songs are already well-distributed on compilation CDs), the album features seemingly lost Chapin stories, including "And the Baby Never Cries," "Burning Herself," "Barefoot Boy," and "Woman Child."

Sniper is for the seasoned Chapin fan. New fans would do better to check out Greatest Stories Live. But for Chapin fans who have reached the level of the Dance Band on the Titanic album, this is the next step. Slightly over-produced and having a little of the "forced" feel that some of Harry's studio albums possess, this album does not capture the powerfully live Harry Chapin. Nonetheless, it captures Harry's great iconoclastic songwriting--Harry takes the story song to new heights here. But the album works best for those ready for it; don't buy it until you are ready to appreciate it!