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Hitting You

This song is by Loudon Wainwright III and appears on the album History (1992).

Long ago I hit you, we were in the car
You were crazy in the back seat, it had gone too far
And I pulled the auto over and I hit you with all my might
I knew right away it was too hard and I'd never make it right

I was aiming for your buttock but I struck your outer thigh
You had on a bathing suit and right before our eyes
Suntanned skin turned crimson where the hand had hit
And my palm stung from hitting you so hard that I hurt it

Against the law in Sweden, charges can be filed
Here it's all too common, a parent hits a child

On your face I saw the shock and then I saw the pain
Then I saw the look of fear, the fear I'd strike again
Then I saw your anger, your defiant pride
And then I saw one tear drop, the rest you kept inside

I said I was sorry and I tried to clean the slate
But with that blow I'd sewn a seed and saw it was too late

These days things are awful between me and you
All we do is argue like two people who are through
I blame you, your friends, your school, your mother and MTV
Last night I almost hit you that blame belongs to me

Long ago I hit you, we were in the car
You were crazy in the back seat, it had gone too far
And I pulled the auto over and I hit you with all my might
I knew right away it was too hard and I'd never make it right

Written by:

Loudon Wainwright III

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