God Bless the Absentee

ŠPaul Simon, released on One Trick Pony, 1980

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Lord, I'm a working man

And music is my trade

I'm travelin' with this five-piece band

And I play the ace of spades

I have a wife and family

Who don't see much of me

God bless the absentee

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Lord, I am a surgeon

And music is my knife

It cuts away my sorrow

And purifies my life

But if I could release my heart

And veins and arteries

I'd say God bless the absentee

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I miss my woman so

I miss my bed

I miss those soft places

I used to lay my head

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My son don't need me yet

His bones are soft

He flies a silver airplane

He wears a golden cross

God bless the absentee

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Lord, this country's changed so fast

The future is the present

The present's in the past

Highways are in litigation

The airports disagree

God bless the absentee

God bless the absentee

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