She's Your Lover Now

Your pawnbroker roared
Also, so did the landlord
To see me so crazy, wasn't it?
Both were so glad
To watch me destroy what I had
Pain sure brings out the best in people, doesn't it?
Why didn't you just leave me
If you didn't want to stay?
Why'd you have to treat me so bad?
Did it have to be that way?
Now you stand here expectin' me to remember somethin' you forgot to say
Yes, and you, I see you're still with her, well
That's fine 'cause she's comin' on so strange, can't you tell?
Somebody better explain
She's got her iron chain
I'd do it, but I, I just can't remember how
You talk to her
She's your lover now.

Aw... I already assumed
That we're in the felony room
But I ain't the judge, you don't have to be nice to me
Will you please tell that
To your friend in the cowboy hat
You know he keeps on sayin' ev'rythin' twice to me
You know I was straight with you
You know I never tried to change you in any way
You know if you didn't want to be with me
That you . . . didn't have to stay.
Now you stand here sayin' you forgive and forget. Honey, what can I say?
Yes and you, you just sit around and ask for ashtrays, can't you reach?
I see you kiss her on the cheek ev'rytime she gives a speech
With her picture books of the pyramid
And her postcards of Billy the Kid
(Must everybody bow?)
You better talk to her about it
You're her lover now.

Oh, ev'rybody that cares
Is goin' up the castle stairs
But I'm not up in the castle, honey
It's true, I just can't recall
San Francisco at all
I can't even remember El Paso, uh, honey
You never had to be faithful
I never wanted you to grieve
Why was it so hard for you
If you didn't want to be with me, just to leave?
Now you stand here while your finger's goin' up my sleeve
An' you, just what do you do anyway?
Ain't there nothin' you can say?
She'll be standin' on the bar soon
With a fish head an' a harpoon
An' a fake beard plastered on her brow
You'd better do somethin' quick
She's your lover now.

Oh, why must I fall into this sadness?
Do I look like Charles Atlas?
Do you think I still got what you still got, baby?
Her voice is really warm
It's just that it ain't got no form
But it's just like a dead man's last pistol shot, baby
Oh, your mouth used to be so naked
Your eyes used to be so blue
Your hurts used to be so nameless
And your tears used to be so few
Now your mouth cries wolf while             [Presumably a mistake, not a new version of the line.]

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© Dwarf Music 1971, 1976
Original title: "Just a Little Glass of Water"
Transcribed from The Bootleg Series, Vol 2
Boldface text highlights variations from the official Lyrics book version
and the verse four lyrics given in the companion booklet to The Bootleg Series.