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Mr Schwinn
©1999 Darryl Purpose - Gamblers Grace Music and Robert Morgan Fisher -
Extended Family Music

Mr Schwinn was as thin as a pelican's grin
And I took him my bike when the wheel wouldn't spin
When the wheel wouldn't spin and the gear wouldn't shift
For fixing a bike, the man had a gift

They were stashed in the back of his waterfront shack
His and her bikes, perfectly matched
Perfectly matched like a groom and a bride
waiting to take their honeymoon ride

He said, "One of these bikes is more than a twin"
As he pumped up the tires and polished the rim
I'm savin' it for my Mrs Schwinn

The wires and the tires filled me with desire
And the sprockets and streamers were truly admired
Were truly admired by all kinds of folks
Who watched as he carefully tightened the spokes

Yes the chrome really shone but if truth be known
At the end of the day he went home alone
Yes he went home alone by way of the pier
And he watched the tide turn and the sun disappear

CHORUS: (Polished the rim)

Instrumental Verse

CHORUS: (Tested the Brakes)

Yesterday was the day that I heard someone say
That the man at the bicycle shop passed away
Mr Schwinn passed away and my wife and I cried
'Cause he never did take that honeymoon ride

'Twas with grim discipline that the town buried him
And the gravestone revealed that his name wasn't Schwinn
But I'll tell you with pride
He gave me the groom and my wife, the bride



from Same River Twice (1997), released January 1, 1997
written by Darryl Purpose and Robert Morgan Fisher




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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