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Coffee Cups and Candy Wrappers

from Painted Sky by Schweitzer

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Working at a bar they call the Corner Pocket
Wiping up behind the drunks and the billiard wizards
Tips are earned with smiles and jokes, an extra shot and idle talk
Just settin’ ‘em up for the weekend warriors and the social suicides

But you sit at a corner table every other night
And seem to understand the struggle between me and my pride
Then you’re gone and all I’ve got is what you leave behind
Just coffee cups and candy wrappers

Standin’ out back, takin’ a break, thinkin’ of you
My finger tips are wrinkled from the beer in the bar rags
Falling starlight streaks the darkness to graze another moonless sky
And I’ve only got so many wishes wished upon a desert night

And you sit in a quiet corner and only order twice
First you ask for coffee and a refill when I have the time
And soon you get a candy bar, the check, and tip me with a smile
And coffee cups and candy wrappers

Crickets fill the night outside the Corner Pocket
A warm wind rushes by me and my eyes start to water
Keys, they jingle loudly in the quiet as the city sleeps
I sigh into the seat, behind the wheel, and shut the door
And resign myself to a lonely house and the late, late show

But you sit at a corner table every other night
And seem to understand the struggle between me and my pride
Then you’re gone and all I’ve got is what you leave behind
coffee cups and candy wrappers
coffee cups and candy wrappers
Just coffee cups and candy wrappers

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from Painted Sky, released October 26, 2014
Schweitzer, Jiminy's Crickets and Kai Otey.

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Schweitzer Los Angeles, California

My brother started writing songs and that was the spark that started me on my own songwriting course that would last the rest of my life. I chose to use my surname, "Schweitzer," for practical reasons, realizing long ago that pronouncing "Richard Schweitzer" was difficult. "Schweitzer Projects" under the "tindog music & stuff" umbrella is producing songs in the Pop / Pop rock or folk categories ... more

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