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Instant Coffee Blues

Drop D tuning G D C A - A7 D A He washed all the road dirt from his face and from his neck, C G Sat down at her table, and she picked up his check. D A She took him home for reasons that she did not understand. C A Him, he knew the answers, but he did not show his hand. G Em For him, he knew the taste of this wine very well. C Bm G It all goes down so easy, but the next day is hell. G D C A - A7 .................."Morning." D A "Man, was I drunk?" She whispered in the shower C G While he lay there and smoked his way there through the final hour. D A She felt wholly empty like she'd felt it every time, C A And he was feeling just the same 'cept he was trying to make it rhyme. G Em Time was of the essence, so they both did their best C Bm G To meet up in the kitchen feeling fully dressed. D A She just had to go to work, and he just had to go, C G And she knew where and he knew how to blow it off and so. D A They shot the breeze quite cavalier to the boiling of the pot C A And sang the Instant Coffee Blues and never fired a shot. G Em And him - he hit the driveway with his feelings in a case, C Bm G And her - she hit the stoplight and touched up her face. G Em So you tell them the difference between caring and not, C Bm G And that it's all done with mirrors lest they forgot. G Em I said it's all done with mirrors, of which they have none C Bm G To blend the instant coffee blues into the morning sun. G D C A - A7 D

(Words and music by Guy Clark, 1974)

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