She was touching up her makeup.
I was standing next in line.
I couldn't help but notice.
'Neath those powder room lights.
It was China red, outlined in black.
On the left side of her shoulder.
In plain view.
I just had to ask, "Hey, what's with that half a heart tattoo?"
She glanced at me through the mirror.
And just started to laugh.
She said, "I know this looks funny but there is another half.
And it's China red, outlined in black on the right side of his shoulder.
Last I knew.
Yeah somewhere out there is a match to this.
Half a heart tattoo"
Well the last I heard some redhead.
Caught his eye in New Orleans.
And before that it was a blonde in Baton Rouge.
I know there's at least a dozen gals out sporting one of these.
Thinking that they're the only fool.
That he left them with a half a heart tattoo.
Well girl you got my sympathy.
I knew a guy like that.
I said, "You ain't gonna believe this" Then I pulled my jacket back.
"Yeah it's China red, outlined in black, on the left side of my shoulder.
Still fairly new.
I guess there's just a whole mess of us.
With a half a heart tattoo.
Well the last I heard he moved in.
With some dancer from L.A.
But I'm betting that won't last a week or two.
He loves them long enough to leave his mark.
And then he's on his way.
And he's so good they never have a clue.
'Til they're stuck with a half a heart tattoo.
So ladies make sure that guy standing next to you.
Ain't wearing no half a heart tattoo."
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