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​Beautiful Racket

This song is by Mary Chapin Carpenter and appears on the album Between Here And Gone (2004).

So your day begins like this
Wondering what might have been
Old regrets and chances missed
Borne away on some lambent wind
Job's ok, so it doesn't inspire
Thoughts of leaving it all behind
You used to have dreams of settin' the world on fire
All you want now is peace of mind

And a beautiful racket, in whispers and roars
The bitter and sweet, between the truces and the wars
The noise and the quiet, the courage and the fear
And all of the wisdom between a smile and a tear

You do your dreaming in traffic jams
You do your running in shopping malls
You do your breathing the best you can
Between car pools and cell phone calls
Who cares, you'll never live in Paris
So what, you'll never travel by Lear
How some of us learn what matters
While others never get to hear

Such a beautiful racket, in whispers and roars
The bitter and sweet, between the truces and the wars
The noise and the quiet, the courage and the fear
And all of the wisdom between a smile and a tear

Hold on, hold on

So your day will end like this
Turning slowly down your street
Silent worlds of kitchens lit
Front yards full of fallen leaves
Trees are bare, the garden's done
Another season gone to earth
Before you blink a new one comes
To remind you what the old one's worth

And the beautiful racket, comes in whispers and roars
The bitter and sweet, between the roses and the wars
The noise and the quiet, the courage and the fear
And the infinite wisdom when you hear

Such a beautiful racket... such a beautiful racket... hold on... such a beautiful racket... hold on...

Credits Edit

  • Drums: Chad Cromwell
  • Bass: Glenn Worf
  • Acoustic Guitar: John Jennings, Mary Chapin Carpenter
  • Electric Guitar: Dean Parks
  • Leslie Guitar: Mary Chapin Carpenter
  • Keyboards: Matt Rollings
  • Steel Guitar: Dan Dugmore
  • Percussion: Eric Darken
  • Background Vocals: Mac MacAnally