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Cindy's Crying

Words and Music by Tom Paxton

Cindy's Crying

Words and Music by Tom Paxton

Cindy's cryin' but it ain't no use -
She's got a habit and she can't get loose.
Stoppin' each and ev'ry man she meets,
Gonna be a hooker on Bleecker Street.

On Bleecker Street,
Honey, makes you feel like cryin'.
You said you'd leave it and I hope you're tryin'.
Oh, they call it livin', and it feels like dyin'.

Police stopped her on the street today,
She was holdin' and they took her away.
Threw her in jail and they made her wait,
She was cryin' "Oh, Jesus, let me just get straight.
Let me just get straight". Honey, makes you feel like cryin'.
I know you can make it but you better stop tryin'.
Oh, they call it livin', Baby, someone's lyin'.

Cindy, Cindy, whatcha gonna do?
Got no money and you're way past due.
You got every last penny I had,
The man is restless and your credit is bad,
And your credit is bad, Honey, makes you feel like cryin'.
We can make it but we better start tryin'.
Oh, I ain't leaving you and I ain't lyin'.

Now Cindy went South and took the cure,
"This time, Honey, I'm straight for sure".
Went to the corner to the grocery store,
You were gone ten minutes and I know you scored,
And I know you scored,

[Repeat First Verse]

Tim R. writes and points out some variations in the lyrics as recorded on The Complete Tom Paxton versus the lyrics shown on this page:

I don’t know if you want to note possible variations between albums, but on The Complete Tom Paxton the lyrics to Cindy’s Crying are a bit different than the lyrics at http://www.mydfz.com/Paxton/lyrics/cc.htm.(deletions, additions)

In the third verse, instead of “I know you can make it but you better stop tryin'.” Tom sings “You can make it if you just start tryin'.”

In the next verse, “We can make it but we better start tryin'.” is sung “I know we can make it but we better start tryin'.”

The repeat of the first verse is done with a variation to that same line, from “You said you'd leave it and I hope you're tryin'.” to “I know we can make it if we just start tryin'.”

I don't ordinarily indicate minor variations in lyrics however I suppose it's good to do it now and again to remind people that such things exist. There is no one "correct version" because even the author changes things around from time to time.

Enjoy!


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