Help for the Helper (Mark Cohen) (1) It's two in the morning, I'm sorry I woke you These faces from work won't get out of my head The rain's getting stronger, I just made some coffee Let's sit here a while, then we'll go back to bed I don't know how long I can keep going back there My caseload's near doubled since Carolyn quit This winter's a hard one, more people not working And some of them desperate . . . and more of them sick CHORUS: Won't you hold me and tell me you love me Tell me I'm doing all right If there's help for the helper, I need some tonight If there's help for the helper, I need some tonight (2) Today Wendy Harrison had her new baby At fifteen, she looks like she's been through a war She says now there's someone who'll just have to love her I wonder how many have failed her before And all of the others, some hungry, some crazy The drifters, the drinkers, I know every one They sit at my desk or they stand in the doorway With eyes that are cold as a pale winter sun (CHORUS) (3) Remember the days when I'd go to work smiling The world was a challenge, we knew what was right Now I see people no older than we were With a job and two kids and no place for the night And Sarah Mackenzie, she's well over eighty A kid with a gun stole her check yesterday I told her she was lucky that he didn't shoot her Then I gave her a form, and I sent her away (CHORUS) (4) The files on my desk look like mountains and valleys Sometimes I imagine them covered with snow I'd strap on some skis and I'd glide through the silence And not have to think about what lies below Outside the rain makes its own lonely rhythm But in here your eyes and the coffee are warm I'll try not to think about Wendy's new baby Crying for love in the heart of the storm FINAL CHORUS: Won't you hold me and tell me you love me Tell me I'm doing all right Take me away from the pain of the day And the children who cry in the night If there's help for the helper, I need some tonight If there's help for the helper, I need some tonight Copyright Mark Cohen 1988) MC
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