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​I'll Never Play Jacksonville Again

This song is by Graham Parker and appears on the album Deepcut to Nowhere (2001).

Two young girls were swept down the culverts in the rain
St. Petersburg was flooded again
I reached my hand out for them but I watched them slip away
And I had to get up to Jacksonville that day
I don't need anyone to remind me
I don't get the big picture
I don't need anybody to find me
Hangin' from a lighting fixture and

I'll never play Jacksonville again
I'll never get on that southbound aeroplane
They gave me a ticket pointed me south
Gave me five hundred bucks to shut my mouth

I'll never play Jacksonville
I'll never have that weird thrill
I'll never play Jacksonville again, again

The road was like a river, the fields were like the sea
The thunder clouds were closin' in on me
I gunned that motor onward up route 1-95
Checked my pulse, yep, still alive

I don't need anyone to remind me
To take my hand out of a fire
I don't need anybody to find me
Tied up with piano wiring

I'll never play Jacksonville again
I'll never get on that southbound aeroplane
They gave me a ticket pointed me south
Gave me five hundred bucks to just shut your mouth

I'll never play Jacksonville
I'll never have that weird thrill
I'll never play Jacksonville again, again

They put me on at the milk bar and said, "Hey, good luck, kid
Here's your Jagermeister, here's half a lid"
Put the past behind you, it's over, pay your bill
This is where it ends now, Jacksonville

I don't need anyone to remind me
I'm on the end of a skewer
I don't need anybody to find me
Floatin' around in the sewer

I'll never play Jacksonville again
I'll never get on that southbound aeroplane
They gave me a ticket pointed me south
Gave me five hundred bucks to shut my mouth

I'll never play Jacksonville
I'll never have that weird thrill
I'll never play Jacksonville again, yeah, yeah, yeah

I'll never play Jacksonville
Never, never, never play Jacksonville
No, I'll never, no, I'll never
No, I'll never play Jacksonville
No, I'll never, no, I'll never
No, I'll never play Jacksonville again, again