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Little Waterloo

This song is by Loudon Wainwright III and appears on the album High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project (2009).

There comes a time in a young man's life when he should settle down,
But I've gotta catch that next fair deal before it hits the ground -
I'm on my way, I'm gonna make it pay.
Go ask anybody, it's happened more than once -
I'll step out for a minute and be gone for seven months -
Got a little bit lost, I forgot my watch.
Oh, I'm going away, I'm going to stay, and never coming home.
Gonna miss me, honey, in the days to come,
When the winter wind begins to blow, the ground is covered up with snow -
You'll think of me, gonna wish me back, your loving man.
You're gonna miss me honey in the day, days, days to come.
I'm livin' in the highways, just tryin' to catch a car.
It's "Where you going, buddy?" "Well, I'm going wherever you are -
I'm satisfied, just to take a little ride."
Life's a lot like poker, you can't win if you don't play -
Gonna bankroll my tomorrow and pawn my yesterday.
I'll trust in God, but I'll cut the cards.
Oh, I'm going away, I'm going to stay, and never coming home.
Gonna miss me, honey, in the days to come,
When the winter wind begins to blow, the ground is covered up with snow -
You'll think of me, gonna wish me back, your loving man.
You're gonna miss me honey in the day, days, days to come.
I'm going round the world, what do you think of that?
Going all the way around the world, I'm never coming back -
Never comin' home, goin' away to roam.
Oh but I won't go to San Antone or anywhere near France -
That's two last things, I said that's two,
That I'm never never never ever ever gonna do.
So can't you see? It's guaranteed - there isn't any chance
I'll meet my Alamo, my little Waterloo.

Written by:

Dick Connette