that song about the midway lyrics – judy collins

well i met you on a midway at a fair last year
and you stood out like a ruby in a black man’s ear
you were playing on the horses, you were playing on the guitar strings
you were playing like a devil wearing wings

wearing wings you looked so grand, wearing wings
do you tape them to your shoulders just to sing?
can you fly? i heard you can, can you fly?
like an eagle doin’ your hunting from the sky?

i followed with the sideshows to another town
and i found you in a trailer on the camping grounds
you were betting on some lover, you were shaking up the dice
and i thought i saw you cheating once or twice

once or twice, i heard you did, once or twice
were you wondering, was the gamble worth the price?
pack it in, i heard you did, pack it in
was it hard to fold a hand you knew could win?

so lately you’ve been hiding, it was somewhere in the news
and i’m still at these races with my ticket stubs and my blues
and a voice calls out the numbers and it sometimes mentions mine
and i feel like i’ve been working overtime

overtime, i’ve lost my fire, overtime
always playin’ one more hand for one more dime
slowin’ down, i’m getting tired, slowin’ down
and i envy you the valley that you’ve found
’cause i’m midway down the midway, slowin’ down, down, down

/ judy collins lyrics