Mama ran the family grocery store
Ran a little card game through the pantry door
And every night as Papa snored
She would deal to the boys

He busted in the place around a quarter to two (The night came)
A freshly minted copper with something to prove
"This a bust, nobody move"
I held my mama as she cried

I just got carried away I couldn't help it
I try to get by all by myself
It didn't have to be this way
I got carried away

Worked my way up from the tenement beat
Finally made detective after years on the street
I could never forget the way she looked at me
A fire burning in her eyes

The next time that I saw her she was all grown up (The night came)
Sparkling in spangles at the Club Deluxe (He waltzed right in)
The owner was known as the king of the mob
And my showgirl she was on his arm

I just got carried away...

I noticed when that copper started hanging around
Whatever he was looking for it's not what he found
He was there on a job for the boys downtown
But that's not why he was working so hard

He never said a word but I could see what I saw (The night came)
My heart was at war in a fight to the draw (How could I win)
How could I jump into the arms of the law
All I could do was keep up my guard

I just got carried away...

The night came (It was just a matter of time)
We moved in (One night he didn't come home)
The big sting (Beauty isn't a crime)
We hauled them in (Why should I go it alone)

The night came (It was just a matter of time)
He moved in (Before I won her affection)
A girl needs (So tell me is it a crime)
Protection (I offered protection)

My gangster went up river he was serving hard time
I didn’t forget about him but he’d never be mine
And my cop was so far from a life of crime
But one day I knew he’d stolen my heart

She loved me like the dream we had so long delayed
Then she got a little cough that wouldn't go away
She didn't tell a soul till it was too late
When she closed her eyes the angels sang

I just got carried away...

Lyrics submitted by Artechokes

Showgirl song meanings
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