The Fool’s Paradise    (video)

 

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1. As I write this letter to you, darling,

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    I can't hold the teardrops from my eyes,

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    for at sundown I will lay a-dying

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    at the door of the Fool's Paradise.

 

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2. Rode into this cattle town this morning,

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    left my herd to check the market price.

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    And I walked into the nearest barroom,

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    they call it the Fool's Paradise.

 

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3. There the crowd was gay and girls were dancing,

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    and the men were playing cards and dice.

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    So I stepped up to the bar to join them,

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    what a grand place this Fool's Paradise !

 

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    It was then I showed to them your picture,

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    I passed it around once or twice.

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    Then a man insulted your sweet honor

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    at the bar of the Fool's Paradise.

 

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4. (spoken : )      So I slapped his face and I told him,

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    I says, “You eat 'em words, Mister, or draw, that's my advice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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    And he said, “Well somebody might get hurt inside.

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    But I'll be glad to meet you in the street at sundown,

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    at sundown in front of the Fool's Paradise.

 

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5. So, goodbye, my darling, may God bless you,

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    I go to make this sacrifice,

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    and if ever you visit old Dodge City,

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    remember the Fool's Paradise.

 

(orig. = capo 2nd)    (Jim Reeves)