bartender’s blues lyrics – james taylor

now i’m just a bartender
and i don’t like my work
but i don’t mind the money at all
i see lots of sad faces
and lots of bad cases
of folks with their backs to the wall

but i need four walls around me to hold my life
to keep me from going a-stray
and a honky-tonk angel to hold me tight
to keep me from slipping away

i can light up your smokes
i can laugh at your jokes
i can watch you fall down on your knees
i can close down this bar
i can gas up my car
i can pack up and mail in my key


now, the smoke fills the air
in this honky-tonk bar
and i’m thinking ’bout where i’d rather be
but i burned all my bridges
i sank all my ships
and i’m stranded at the edge of the sea


/ james taylor lyrics