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Same Sad Singer
by Harry Chapin

They just told me take a pause
here between the takes at the studio,
And you came into my mind.
It's kind of funny, for you were the cause
of me being here on the radio
And though that's another time,
I'm still wanting you,
I've been hunting for you.
I'm still wanting you,
I need to find you.
I'm just the same sad singer of the lonely songs
you long since left behind you.
Since you've gone I've gone along,
Been writing the music I've always wanted to,
And they just picked up on me.
I'm putting myself here inside each song
And finding my music is still so full of you.


I dreamed of being here,
but I never dreamed that you would be so long time gone from me,
Oh, I'm still wanting you,
I've been hunting for you.
I'm still wanting you,
I need to find you.
I'm just the same sad singer of the lonely songs
you long since left behind you.
Oh, me finding music's why I lost you,
Now, it's the only chance I've got.
They're bringing in the strings to melt your heart somehow.
You couldn't hear me then,
but maybe you can hear me now.
Oh, I'm still wanting you,
I've been hunting for you.
I'm still wanting you,
I need to find you.
I'm just the same sad singer of the lonely songs
you long since left behind you.
When I'm still wanting you.


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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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The Latest Release

Sniper & Other Love Songs

 
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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!