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Haley's Comet

Dave Alvin and Tom Russell

    
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"Do you know who I am?" said Bill Haley
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in a pancake house near the Rio Grande
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the waitress said, "I don't know you from diddley"
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"To me you're just another tired old man"

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He walked alone down on Main street
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a hot wind was blowing up from the south
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there were two eyes staring in a pawn shop window
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and a whiskey bottle was lifted up to his mouth

[Chorus]
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There was no moon shining on the Rio Grande
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as a truck of migrants pulled through town
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and the jukebox was busted at the bus de - pot
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when Haley's Comet hit the ground


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He blacked out all the windows in his bedroom
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he was talking to the ceiling and the walls
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he closed his eyes and hit the stage in 1955
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as the screams of the children filled the hall

[Chorus]

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This cop walked into a pancake house in Texas
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and ordered up a couple of cups to go
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and he tells the waitress, "Hey, I just found the body
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of some guy who was famous long ago"

(final CHORUS uses |G```|D`C`| pattern played 4 times - same as intro)