Bruce Brittain
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Taxi Dance

She was sellin’ taxi dances in ’35.
Waltzin’ for the money to survive.

Big city dancehalls, at the small county fairs,
The boys all paid to dance with her and smell her perfumed hair.
While some held her roughly in their arms,
The shy ones could only stammer at her charms.
A young life so lonely, surrounded by the crowd
But smilin’ ever sweetly, she never cried out loud.

And she dreamed only of that day
When she could dance for pleasure, not for pay.
With someone who would loved her, be a lonely life no more.
She’d keep on lookin’ ‘til that love walked through the door.

He came from the country to Baltimore.
Sellin’ Bibles door-to-door.
Made little money and fewer friends.
His clothes a sorry patchwork of other’s odds ‘n ends.
He saw the lights of the dancehall sign.
Drawn to the music from inside.
A young life so lonely and filled with despair
She took his arm so gently he could smell her perfumed hair.

And she said, “ Take a chance, mister buy this dance with me.
Take a chance let’s see where the dancin’ leads.
Let’s do a dance that takes us all way ‘round the floor.
We’ll do this dance better than before.

They laid him in the ground in ‘95
Now she struggles to remember his eyes.
They raised four children, had to bury one
But they had danced for pleasure cause she knew he was the one

When she’d said, “ Take a chance, mister buy this dance with me.
Take a chance let’s see where the dancin’ leads.
Let’s do a dance that only lovers do
And we’ll dance on when the music’s through.”
And they danced on and on when the music was through.

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