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written by Darryl Purpose and Robert Morgan Fisher

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Well I first started hangin' with Laura Lee, when they took away her father
We'd steal on down to the five and dime, where she was no man's daughter
I took her favorite doll from the shelf cause I thought that she deserved it
But the next time I passed by the store I saw that she'd returned it

I'd look outside my window, stare across the street
She'd wave back, kill the light, and settle off to sleep
I'd feel the hole inside my heart, wish that we were grown
And someday Laura Lee and me would be more than halfway home

Years later she went off to college and I went to work at the racetrack
And when that didn't pay the rent I taught myself to play Blackjack
I'd drive up to her dormitory and I'd clean those frat boys out
I'd show her all the money I had won, but I could see she had her doubts

She'd look outside her window, stare across the street
I'd wave back, she'd kill the light and settle off to sleep
I'd feel the hole inside my heart and wish that we were't grown
And often times I'd cry til I was more than halfway home

But when Laura Lee was accepted, down at the police academy
I took my luck to the isle of St Martin, by way of Atlantic City
By the time I'd left, inside my boots I had hidden half a mil'
But if the hired goons don't getcha darlin, you know US customs will

I'd wish I had a window so I could stare across the street
And wish the guards would kill the light, so I could get some sleep
I'd feel the hole inside my heart, wish I had a phone
So I could call my Laura Lee, and dream me halfway home

After two years of good behavior they finally let me out
To spend the rest of my time in a skid row halfway house
Then one night my room-mate he broke parole and they came for his arrest
He pulled a gun and shots were fired and one ripped through my chest

Ohh, I looked outside the window, heard the sirens in the street
Closed my eyes, saw a light, and they covered me with a sheet
And I felt the hole inside my heart, but I did not feel alone
Cause standing there was Laura Lee, to see me halfway home

I'd look outside my window, stare across the street
She'd wave back, kill the light, settle off to sleep
I'd feel the hole inside my heart, wish that we were grown
Someday Laura Lee and me would be more than halfway home

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from Same River Twice (1997), released January 1, 1997
Darryl Purpose - Acoustic Guitar and Vocal

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Darryl Purpose Portland, Oregon

Darryl went to Las Vegas at 19 and became a professional blackjack player, which he still calls the 'only real job I've ever had'. He is a member of the Blackjack Hall of Fame.
Since 1996, he has toured extensively and released 8 albums of original music.
Darryl's last two albums spent weeks at #1 on the RMR radio charts. Next Time Around and Still The Birds
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