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Not Tonight, Marie

Not Tonight, Marie
(Tom Paxton)

Not tonight, Marie, it's been a day
Of deals goin' down and bills to pay
A lousy boss said double cross
And golden chances slipped away
I'm tired, Marie, and so depressed
I hid my eyes while you undressed
It's been a long hard day for me, I'm tired,
So not tonight, Marie

Not tonight, Marie, your hands are cold
I almost feel I'm growin' old
A few less hairs, a need for chairs,
A dread of hearing fortunes told
You're lovely, love, I'm proud to say,
But please don't wear that negligee
You're lying much too close to me, i'm tired,
So not tonight, Marie

Oh, God, Marie, I've got no chance
You simply cast that sidelong glance
You scent the room with slight perfume
And let your lovely fingers dance
Your lovely lingering fingernails
A heartless trick, that never fails
Some night you won't get through to me, oh no,
But not tonight, Marie

Not tonight, Marie, the full moon shines,
I'm showing all the danger signs
To hell with rest, I'll thump my chest
I'll swing across the room on bines
Marie, I don't care where or how
Marie, you purely are headed now
Some night you won't get through to me, by God,
But not tonight, Marie.

recorded by Tom Paxton on "Heroes" (1978)
copyright United Artists Music

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