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Late For Dinner

from A Crooked Line (2001) by Darryl Purpose

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written by Darryl Purpose and Robert Morgan Fisher

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Sheppard served in pharaoh's army, 1968
Came home with his body parts in tact
Spent a year inside his room smoking cigarettes
Never talked about it after that

Shep and I got married on the day Nixon resigned
Honeymooned down Mexicali way
Sometimes when he held me tight he looked like he was blind
Or staring at a graveyard far away

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And if he blew in through that doorway today
Like some long forgotten echo of winter
I don't know if I'd shoot him in the face
Or tell him that he's Late For Dinner

For thirteen years my love grew for this solitary man
Who reacted strong when anyone would cross me
With hard looks, fisticuffs, if it came to that
He did the little things that said he loved me
And in the morning he would cook for me and drop me off to work
Kiss me on the cheek to start my day
There was no warning the last time he would not come no more
There was no time to memorize his face

CHORUS:
And if he blew in through that doorway today
Like some long forgotten echo of winter
I don't know if I'd shoot him in the face
Or tell him that he's Late For Dinner

Now I almost went to look for him but couldn't find the nerve
Something there did not sit right with me
I realized this battle's not what I deserved
Chasing Isrealites through parted seas

CHORUS:
And if he blew in through that doorway today
Like some long forgotten echo of winterI
don't know if I'd shoot him in the face
Or tell him that he's Late For Dinner 

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from A Crooked Line (2001), released January 1, 2001
Acoustic Guitar and Vocals: Darryl Purpose
Pedal Steel: Dan Tyack
Bass: Keith Lowe
Drums: Todd Gray
Banjo: Dave Carter
Background Vocals: Tracy Grammer

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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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