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​You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory

This song is by Willy DeVille and appears on the compilation I Only Wrote This Song for You (1994).

It don't pay to try
All the wiseguys know
It doesn't mean you have to try
Even if you never ever know
Sometimes feeling so cold and alone
Walking the streets when you could be home
I don't mean to be hard to you when I say
I can't believe you're still around today

Feeling so restless down here
Just like beating your head against the wall
Go, try to knock some sense into your head
Just be careful where you fall
Just a bastard kid
You made yourself a name
'Cause you were living on the run
You and me feel somewhat the same

You can't put your arms around a memory
You can't put your arms around a memory
You can't put your arms around a memory
Don't try
Don't try

Now, all the scars, they still show
Even though they're so, so old
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They'll always be here to let you know
It don't pay to try
All the wiseguys know
It doesn't mean you have to try
Even if you never ever ever know

You can't put your arms around a memory
You can't put your arms around a memory
You can't put your arms around a memory
Don't try

You can't put your arms around a memory
You can't put your arms around a memory
You can't put your arms around a memory
Don't try

You can't put your arms around a memory
You can't put your arms around a memory
You can't put your arms around a memory
You can't put your arms around a memory
You can't put your arms around a memory

Written by:

Johnny Thunders