"Come Back to Us Barbara Lewis Hare Krishna Beauregard" as written by and John Prine....
The last time that I saw her
She was standing in the rain
With her overcoat under her arm
Leaning on a horse head cane

She said, "Carl, take all the money"
She called everybody
"Carl my spirit's broke
My mind's a joke and getting up's real hard"

Don't you know her when you see her?
She grew up in your back yard
Come back to us Barbara Lewis
Hare Krishna Beauregard

Selling bibles at the airports
Buying Quaalude's on the phone
Hey, you talk about, a paper route
She's a shut in without a home

God save her, please she's nailed her knees
To some drugstore parking lot
Hey, Mr. Brown turn the volume down
I believe this evening's shot

Don't you know her when you see her?
She grew up in your back yard
Come back to us Barbara Lewis
Hare Krishna Beauregard

Can't you picture her next Thursday?
Can you picture her at all?
In the Hotel Boulderado
At the dark end of the hall

I gotta shake myself and wonder
Why she even bothers me
For if heartaches were commercials
We'd all be on TV

Don't you know her when you see her?
She grew up in your back yard
Come back to us Barbara Lewis
Hare Krishna Beauregard


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"Come Back to Us Barbara Lewis Hare Krishna Beauregard" as written by John Prine

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    General CommentI think this song is about losing touch with someone you used to be close to because they've changed. In this case, it seems like "Barbara" is trying to find herself, and that's why she's drifted away from the people she used to know.

    "Don't you know her when you see her?
    She grew up in your backyard"

    This line has two meanings to me. It's referring to Barbara, and how she's someone he's known all his life but still doesn't recognize her, but I think it's also saying to the listener, "You know the kind of person I'm talking about." I think everyone has a Barbara Lewis in their life, someone who changed so much that it's hard to believe they're the same person.
    frankiefanon January 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI'm old enough to remember these people - I knew a few Barbara Lewises. They went out in search of peace, love and daisies, and found anarchy and ugliness. Those from her old neighborhood don't recognize her because of what she's done to herself. The flower child life was very rough.
    Audaciouson March 04, 2009   Link

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