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- James Chapin
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by Harry Chapin
Leon wrote a song for his special girl
and Elton and bernie did too!
But you've been mine for such a long time
it's my turn to write one for you
and this is the best
that this poor boy could do.
You see I don't know what to tell you babe
I can't say thanks a lot
for I know I really owe you
for almost everything I got.
You were with me in the good times
and when things were going bad
you were with me when your love
was the only thing I had.
I have been a song man
for a long long time
coming up with some melodies
trying to find some words that rhyme.
And while I have been singing
you've been there to see me through
and so I think it's long past time
that I wrote this song for you.
I was going to keep it simple
and not make it too long
but I had hoped to make it beautiful
for after all it is your song.
You know how I love my music
it is my life and my livelihood
but of all that's happened to me babe
you are everything that's good.
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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.
The Latest Release
Sniper & Other Love Songs
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
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!