Sequel Lyrics - Harry Chapin

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So here she's actin' happy inside her handsome home
And me, I'm flyin' in my taxi, takin' tips and gettin' stoned.

I got into town a little early.
Had eight hours to kill before the show.
First I thought about heading up north of the bay
Then I knew where I had to go.

I thought about taking a limousine
Or at least a fancy car.
But I ended up taking a taxi
'Cause that's how I got this far.

You see, ten years ago it was the front seat
Drivin' stoned and feelin' no pain.
Now here I am straight and sittin' in the back
Hitting Sixteen Parkside Lane.

The driveway was the same as I remembered
And a butler came and answered the door.
He just shook his head when I asked for her
And said "She doesn't live here anymore."

But he offered to give me the address
That they were forwarding her letters to.
I just took it and returned to the cabbie
And said "I got one more fare for you."

And so we rolled back into the city
Up to a five-story old brownstone
I rang the bell that had her name on the mailbox.
The buzzer said somebody's home.

And the look on her face as she opened the door
Was like an old joke told by a friend.
It'd taken ten more years but she'd found her smile
And I watched the corners start to bend.

And she said, "How are you Harry?
Haven't we played this scene before?"
I said "It's so good to see you, Sue
Had to play it out just once more."
Play it out just once more".

She said "I've heard you flying high on my radio"
I answered "It's not all it seems"
That's when she laughed and she said, "It's better sometimes
When we don't get to touch our dreams."

That's when I asked her where was that actress
She said "That was somebody else"
And then I asked her why she looked so happy now
She said "I finally like myself; at last I like myself."

So we talked all through that afternoon
Talking about where we'd been
We talked of the tiny difference
Between ending and starting to begin.
We talked because talking tells you things
Like what you really are thinking about.
But sometimes you can't find what you're feeling
Till all the words run out.

So I asked her to come to the concert.
She said "No, I work at night."
I said, "We've gotten too damn good at leaving, Sue"
She said, "Harry, you're right."

Don't ask me if I made love to her
Or which one of us started to cry
Don't ask me why she wouldn't take the money that I left
If I answered at all I'd lie.

So I thought about her as I sang that night
And how the circle keeps rolling around.
How I act as I'm facing the footlights
And how she's flying with both feet on the ground.

I guess it's a sequel to our story
From the journey 'tween heaven and hell
With half the time thinking of what might have been
and half thinkin' just as well.

I guess only time will tell.

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Holdin Taxi Close | Reviewer: Terrence | 11/14/13

I was also flying high, in a college way, when I joined the Air Force, my dirty little secret, when I too found the sky as an Air Force pilot. A song that I will always hold close, thanks to Harry.

My love story | Reviewer: Adam | 10/23/07

Until tonight, I had never heard Taxi, and I still haven't heard Sequel. But the pair of them have become very important to me. See, I'm an Aeronautical Science major at ERAU (in other words, I'm getting a bachelors degree in flying airplanes) and the woman I love is a theatre arts major. I was ready to drop out of school, until I called her in a fit of dispair. she told me to youtube Taxi. I'm afraid I do not command the language to convey the thoughts and emotions I felt while listening to these songs. Taxi and it's sequel have displaced Bon Jovi's "Dead or Alive" as my favorite song.

not this one | Reviewer: Jenny | 7/2/07

This is a great song but not a love story his love song the best ever was we were three now that is a great love song broken heart and all but that is true this is a start or a end but a thought of what could be lets face it we all part and sometimes come together again but lets face it we were three is like the heartbreak song if he lived lets face it would he have gone back to sue or would she have found someone else we have our end just wish he had been here longer his songs were special

The greatest love story ever told | Reviewer: Lare | 11/7/06

When Sequel hit the airwaves it was the perfect companion to Taxi, the great classic story from years before. The age-old stroy of 'the one that got away' now had a conclusion of sorts, to bring the tale full-circle for Harry and Sue. If only Harry were still with us, we might have heard the beginning of the narrative, about those steamy nights in the old Dodge, and how they went on their separate journeys in the first place.

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