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Fair & Square EP

by John Prine

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released October 28, 2008

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Track Name: Carousel of Love
I'm going down to ride the merry-go-round in the middle of a bad storm
I feel a little forlorn - Your man blows a mean horn
I think my baby's stuck on a roller coaster looking for a sad song
I'm trying to get her back on the track of the carousel of love.

If I could only go back in time to at least last Tuesday Then there wouldn't be a blues day - or maybe April Fool's Day
I'd buy her flowers and and I'd tell her tomorrow might be a better news day
And take her hand and ride on the carousel of love

If our love is gonna last then you know it's gonna have to go the long way
There's a hundred million wrong ways - trying to find the strong way
But if you'll take my hand I'll always be your man and go the right way
Down the highway that leads to the carousel of love
Down the highway that leads to the carousel of love
Track Name: That's Alright By Me
If you wish upon a falling star
To figure out exactly who you are
That's alright by me, girl
That's alright by me

You've been gone about a week or so
Well, you'll be comin' home to me I know
Your love always sets me free, girl
That's alright by me.

The wind the keeps blowin' the whole world upside down The leaves are fallin' from the trees
The birds are flyin' the wrong way around 'til you come back to me

The wind the keeps blowin' the whole world upside down The leaves are fallin' from the trees
The birds are flyin' the wrong way around 'til you come back to me

When mixed emotions hit a big brick wall
That don't matter much to me at all
We can solve this mystery, girl
That's alright by me
Your love always sets me free, girl
That's alright by me
Track Name: That's How Every Empire Falls
Caught a train from Alexandria
Just a broken man in flight
Running scared with his devils
Saying prayers all through the night
Oh but mercy can't find him
Not in the shadows where he calls
Forsaking all his better angels
That's how every empire falls

The bells ring out on Sunday morning
Like echoes from another time
All our innocence and yearning
and sense of wonder left behind
Oh gentle hearts remember
What was that story? Is it lost?
For when religion loses vision
That's how every empire falls.

He toasts his wife and all his family
The providence he brought to bear
They raise their glasses in his honor
Although this union they don't share
A man who lives among them
Was still a stranger to them all
For when the heart is never open
That's how every empire falls

Padlock the door and board the windows
Put the people in the street
"It's just my job," he says "I'm sorry."
And draws a check, goes home to eat
But at night he tells his woman
"I know I hide behind the laws."
She says, "You're only taking orders."
That's how every empire falls.

A bitter wind blows through the country
A hard rain falls on the sea
If terror comes without a warning
There must be something we don't see
What fire begets this fire? Like torches thrown into the straw
If no one asks, then no one answers
That's how every empire falls.
Track Name: Dual Custody
That's my toaster over there.
It was mine before we married
I bought it fair and square
And that's my purple Persian oriental
Polyester continental rug on the floor
Pots and pans and ugly dishes
One old dog and 2 gold fishes,
Broken dreams and shattered wishes,
A lucky horseshoe hanging above the door
What was that for?

Sweet memories you and me
Dual custody
Dual custody

Your oven roaster
Your rocking chair
The walnut secretary
Your wedding silverware
You only brought out on Thanksgiving
When Gramma was still living
Rest her soul, heart of gold
You only took the things you needed
Hanging plants and old bird feeders,
The jug we used for margaritas
Back when everything was mighty fine - most all the time.

Sweet memories, you and me
Dual custody
Dual custody
These memories, you and me
Dual custody
Dual custody

There's our photo you and me,
it was taken in Orlando in 1993
when we were holding hands and laughing,
we were lovin', we were livin'
naturally so happily

Now we only meet on Fridays
When you drop the kids at my place
You want yours and I want my space
and that's the one thing we agreed upon
Life goes on

Sweet memories of you and me
Dual custody
Dual custody

Sweet memories of you and me
Dual custody
Dual custody

Alllll right