"thanks for chicago, mr. james" as written by and Andy Semel Scott Walker....
You always said I wouldn’t stay
I guess you knew the way before it all began
I’ve always been a changing train
And when you think on this, you might forgive me then

Thanks for Chicago, Mr. James
And all the shiny suits, and all the shiny names
The things a country boy can’t place
Without that look of shame upon your city face

And you wanted more
Than just the smile I wore

You picked me up on my way down
That dusty one-horse town
I won’t forget the jail
The mayor’s wife and Cadillac
The sheriff on my back
‘Til you put up the bail

Thanks for Chicago, Mr. James
You’ve got a lot of grace, but you’re an empty place
The dawn falls hard upon my face
I’ll move as I began, through fields without a plan

Thanks for Chicago, Mr. James
That world of gray and gold that watched you growing old
The things I never saw, I see
And to think that I’m still free, and I’m not feeling cold


Lyrics submitted by charcoalsketch, edited by Malhavic

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    Lyric CorrectionGood attempt! There are a lot of lyrics that are tough to catch in this one.

    Here are more complete lyrics, based on the original Scott Walker version of the song:


    You always said I wouldn’t stay
    I guess you knew the way before it all began
    I’ve always been a changing train
    And when you think on this, you might forgive me then

    Thanks for Chicago, Mr. James
    And all the shiny suits, and all the shiny names
    The things a country boy can’t place
    Without that look of shame upon your city face

    And you wanted more
    Than just the smile I wore

    You picked me up on my way down
    That dusty one-horse town
    I won’t forget the jail
    The mayor’s wife and Cadillac
    The sheriff on my back
    ‘Til you put up the bail

    Thanks for Chicago, Mr. James
    You’ve got a lot of grace, but you’re an empty place
    The dawn falls hard upon my face
    I’ll move as I began, through fields without a plan

    Thanks for Chicago, Mr. James
    That world of gray and gold that watched you growing old
    The things I never saw, I see
    And to think that I’m still free, and I’m not feeling cold
    Kyomaraon December 08, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe second blank is "without a plan"
    jakobwon November 30, 2006   Link

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