I Wanna Learn a Love Song Lyrics - Harry Chapin

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I come fresh from the street,
fast on my feet, kind a lean and lazy;
not much meat on my bones, and a whole lot alone,
and more than a little bit crazy.
The old six string was all I had
to keep my belly still,
and for each full hour lesson I gave
I got a crisp ten dollar bill.

She was married for seven years
to a concrete castle king.
She said she wanted to learn to play the guitar
and to hear her children sing.
So I'd show up about once a week
in my faded tight-legged jeans
with a backlog full of hobo stories
and dilapidated dreams.

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She said, "I wanna learn a love song full of happy things."
She said, "I wanna learn a love song; won't you let me hear you sing?"
She said, "I wanna learn a love song, I wanna hear you play."
She said, "I wanna learn a love song before you go away."

So I tried to teach her a couple of chords
and an easy melody;
but it always turned out she'd rather listen
to my guitar and me.
I could hear her old man laughing in the den,
playing stud poker with the boys
while I sang so soft in the living room,
to scared to make much noise.
I came one week and the den was dark
and she met me at the door.
And we sat on the couch and we sang and talked
till I could not sing no more.
The silence kept on building,
her eyes grew much too wide;
and I could her both of our heartbeats,
but there was no place to hide.

She said, "I wanna learn a love song full of happy things."
She said, "I wanna learn a love song; won't you let me hear you sing?"
She said, "I wanna learn a love song, I wanna hear you play."
She said, "I wanna learn a love song before you go away."


Well, I guess you know what happened,
God, I never been so clean.
Yes, I feel like I'm working in a Hollywood movie
or living out a good bad dream.
And all them pinup girls in that tinsel world
never touched me like she can;
it took another man's wife in the real world life
to make this boy a man.

She said, "I wanna learn a love song full of happy things."
She said, "I wanna learn a love song; won't you let me hear you sing?"
She said, "I wanna learn a love song, I wanna hear you play."
She said, "I wanna learn a love song before you go away."
I guess you know I stayed.






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2 versions | Reviewer: Neil | 9/28/2008

There are at least two versions of this song. Harry would change it based on his mood, as he did for other songs. Sometimes he sang it, "...kinda lean and lazy...little bit crazy," and sometimes, "kinda crass and corny...little bit horny." Neither is incorrect.



" I WANNA LEARN A LOVE SONG" | Reviewer: JANIS | 8/28/2007


THIS IS A LOVE SONG OF HOW HARRY CHAPIN
AND HIS WIFE SANDY MET. WOW!! TO FALL
IN LOVE WITH THE ONE WHO IS TEACHING
YOU TO PLAN THE GUITAR. NOT A BAD
SONG!



Different lyrics. | Reviewer: George | 7/6/2007


Great song as staed by a master storyteller in song, but the way I listen to it the 4th line ends with him being "more than a little but horny" and not crazy. Is this a politically correct version cos I don't think Harry would aprove, he was never afraid to raise a few eyebrows with his points of view, and horny is not exactly a bad thing.???



can someone say prick??? | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/12/2007

ok your cool. Mr. Chapin was quite an inspirational person. and you my friends are a prick. great review 1st poster.



your reveiws suck | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/10/2006

just list the damn song and we'll do the rest. I'm sue we'll make it just fine withoout yur deep insight into the song we want the lyrics for.



We can wish can't we? | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/28/2005

This song is the quint essential fantasy song..a guy who give lessons to some housewife who is lonely and starving for love, so she takes lessons, and well you know the rest. Harry was a master at telling stories, and this one is one of his finest. RIP Harry





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