The Cement Lament

(A) It was that kind of (G#) misting rain
It (G) was that kind of (F#) night
(B7) Nothing was wrong
It just wasn’t right
(A) It weren’t the (D7) blues
(A)It weren’t low (D7) rent
It was (A) just a (D7) cement (A) lament (E7)

All these late night alleys
All these late night alley cats
It starts raining harder
He adjusts his hat
It weren’t the blues
It weren’t low rent
It was just a cement lament

A streetlight goes out
He makes his wish
A taxi turns the corner
A puddle makes a splish
It weren’t the blues
It weren’t low rent
It was just a cement lament

How many years has it been
Since you left that old hometown
Both eyes on your feet
Both feet on the ground

It’s not the blues
It’s not low rent
It’s just a cement lament

It’s not superstition
It’s just playing it smart
Dont’ step on the cracks, now
Don’t you break your mama’s heart
It’s not the blues
It’s not low rent
It’s just a cement lament

The (A) sun’s rolling up the (G#) East River
It (G) slowly dawns on( F#) you
You’re (B7) smoking your last cigarette
The rain has stopped, the sky is blue
(A)Time to shake this (D7) mood
(A)Someone’s got (D7) to pay the rent
(A)Someone’s shift just (D7) started
(A) Singing the (D7) cement lament
(A) Singing the (D7) cement lament
(A) Singing (D7)
(A) Swinging (D7)
(A) Singing and (D7) swinging
(A) Swinging and (D7) singing

Captain Swing (Mercury 1989) / Captain Swing (Mighty Sound 2004)

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The blues is about singing from the depths of your emotions.