Pinwheel of Death

Dick Miles


SONGS

Writers Kelso Herston, Dick Miles, Bob Prather

Genres Country, Americana, Classic Country, Spoken Word

Recorded 1972

Lyrics verse 1:
spoken
WE'D FINISHED DINNER
AND I'D GONE
INTO THE DEN
AND TURNED ON THE TV
WHEN SHE WALKED IN
AND KISSED ME
ON THE CHEEK
LIKE A MILLION TIMES
BEFORE.
SHE SAID,
I KNOW IT'S LATE,
BUT IF YOU DON'T MIND,
MY SHOPPING'S
GOT A LITTLE BEHIND
AND I THINK
I'LL DRIVE DOWNTOWN
TO THE GROCERY STORE.

verse 2:
I DIDN'T LOOK UP,
I JUST NODDED OK
AND ASKED HER
TO HAND ME
AN ASHTRAY.
AND WHEN SHE DID
I REACHED OVER
AND SQUEEZED HER HAND,
AND THEN SHE LEFT
AND I SHUDDERED A MINUTE
AND THOUGHT OF MY WORLD
WITHOUT HER IN IT
AND I REASSURINGLY
SOUGHT THE TOUCH
OF MY WEDDING BAND.

verse 3:
I MUST HAVE BEEN DOZING,
'CAUSE I DIDN'T HEAR
THE DOOR,
AND I THOUGHT,
STRANGE,
I'VE NEVER DONE THAT
BEFORE.
BUT I LOOKED UP
AND SHE WAS STANDING
BY MY CHAIR,
HUH,
KINDA SNUCK UP ON ME,
I SAID
AND SHE SMILED
AND NODDED HER HEAD.
AND I TOLD HER
SHE LOOKED JUST LIKE
AN ANGEL
STANDING THERE.

verse 4:
FOR A LONG MOMENT,
SHE DIDN'T SAY A THING,
AND THEN SHE CARESSED
HER GOLD WEDDING RING
AND I THOUGHT I SAW
A TEARDROP IN HER EYE...
YOU'LL NEVER KNOW HOW MUCH
I LOVE YOU,
SHE SAID,
AND I THOUGHT
OF THE MANY YEARS
WE'D BEEN WED...
AS I TOLD HER
NO ONE COULD BE
AS HAPPY AS I...
...AND THEN
THE STRANGEST FEELING
FILLED THE ROOM...
NOT ONE OF HAPPINESS,
BUT ONE OF GLOOM...
AND FOR THE FIRST TIME
IN MY LIFE,
I SAW SADNESS
IN HER FACE...
I REACHED OUT
TO TOUCH HER
AND SHE DREW AWAY...
AND TOLD ME AGAIN
THAT OURS WAS A LOVE
THAT TIME
COULD NEVER ERASE...
AND THEN I THOUGHT
I HEARD
A THOUSAND VOICES SINGING
AND I REALIZED
IT WAS THE TELEPHONE RINGING...
AND THAT'S WHEN
I SAW THE HALO
SURROUND HER GOLDEN HAIR...
I TURNED TREMBLING
TO THE RECEIVER
AND I HEARD
A COLD VOICE SAY
THAT THERE'D BEEN A WRECK
OUT ON THE HIGHWAY.
AND I KNEW
THAT WHEN I LOOKED BACK
SHE WOULDN'T BE THERE,
BECAUSE
spoken or sung
IT WAS AN ANGEL'S WAY
OF SAYING GOODBYE.
 

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