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

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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
[Bartender's Blues lyrics on http://www.metrolyrics.com]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

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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

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Bartender's Blues Lyrics

James Taylor – Bartender's Blues Lyrics