Taxi Lyrics - Harry Chapin

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It was raining hard in 'Frisco,
I needed one more fare to make my night.
A lady up ahead waved to flag me down,
She got in at the light.

Oh, where you going to, my lady blue,
It's a shame you ruined your gown in the rain.
She just looked out the window, and said
"Sixteen Parkside Lane".

Something about her was familiar
I could swear I'd seen her face before,
But she said, "I'm sure you're mistaken"
And she didn't say anything more.

It took a while, but she looked in the mirror,
And she glanced at the license for my name.
A smile seemed to come to her slowly,
It was a sad smile, just the same.
And she said, "How are you Harry?"
I said, "How are you Sue?
Through the too many miles
and the too little smiles
I still remember you."

It was somewhere in a fairy tale,
I used to take her home in my car.
We learned about love in the back of the Dodge,
The lesson hadn't gone too far.
You see, she was gonna be an actress,
And I was gonna learn to fly.
She took off to find the footlights,
And I took off to find the sky.

Oh, I've got something inside me,
To drive a princess blind.
There's a wild man, wizard,
He's hiding in me, illuminating my mind.
Oh, I've got something inside me,
Not what my life's about,
Cause I've been letting my outside tide me,
Over 'till my time, runs out.

Baby's so high that she's skying,
Yes she's flying, afraid to fall.
I'll tell you why baby's crying,
Cause she's dying, aren't we all.

There was not much more for us to talk about,
Whatever we had once was gone.
So I turned my cab into the driveway,
Past the gate and the fine trimmed lawns.
And she said we must get together,
But I knew it'd never be arranged.
And she handed me twenty dollars,
For a two fifty fare, she said
"Harry, keep the change."
Well another man might have been angry,
And another man might have been hurt,
But another man never would have let her go...
I stashed the bill in my shirt.

And she walked away in silence,
It's strange, how you never know,
But we'd both gotten what we'd asked for,
Such a long, long time ago.

You see, she was gonna be an actress
And I was gonna learn to fly.
She took off to find the footlights,
And I took off for the sky.
And here, she's acting happy,
Inside her handsome home.
And me, I'm flying in my taxi,
Taking tips, and getting stoned,
I go flying so high, when I'm stoned.

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A wonderful song, from a wonderful man | Reviewer: Mark | 11/15/13

Nobody told a story like Harry, and I never saw an artist more committed to his fans. I was lucky enough to attend two of his concerts, and after each he stayed and signed autographs and talked to his fans until the last person was gone. He was also very devoted to World Hunger Year.

Forty Years Removed | Reviewer: Motelrob | 9/21/13

Having followed the music genre since the mid 60's, I feel "Taxi" is one of the best songs ever written. It's sorrowful passion and to this day, it's unique arrangement always grips me. Chapin, Dan Fogelberg and Bruce Cockburn stand apart to me as artists since the Beatles split, who really created music as a form of art.

Harry Chapin in Fairbanks, Alaska | Reviewer: Rich K | 8/7/13

I was also at the concert Harry gave in Fairbanks, Alaska in 1978. He also had his brother on stage as well as his 5 year old son. I think the whole family was there because they were in AK for a fishing trip. Even though it was winter in Fairbanks, fishing still happened further south.
Like many others, I felt that Harry was a long-time friend and I remember standing right next to him after the concert while he chatted with my friends. Who else did that?

Poker game stopper | Reviewer: Pete Bower | 6/20/13

This song reminds me of when I was younger (back in the 70's) and we played poker all night and many times into the next day. When this song came on the radio (and It seemed that it came on every time we played) the game would just stop and we would all sing along. Not sure how or when or why it started but it was a song that all us young guys could relate to and we just loved it.
I heard it the other day and wanted to bone up on some of the words. Getting goose flesh just writing this. One of the BEST songs ever in my mind. I will never own this in CD or other because hearing it out of the blue to me makes it so................special.

Greatly missed | Reviewer: Bernard Hughes | 11/27/12

Ipod on random and taxi just came on.It brought back the night over 30 years ago. I was at my girlfriends and the radio announced that Harry was playing in north London that night. It was really raining, I was on my motorbike with no waterproofs and decided to see him next time. Sadly, there was no next time.
This was the first Harry Chapin song that I ever heard. He was not on UK radio except for Cats in the cradle and WOLD.
I wish that I had gone that night.

Love Philosophy Deluxe | Reviewer: Matt from Brooklyn | 5/1/12

For some reason I've been thinking about this song for weeks! Finding it here really surprised me: I thought it had been a "guilty pleasure", kind of a cliched song that I just liked.
Reading the lyrics made me remember how insightful and nuanced it is into the relative importance of an early love.
Harry, I never knew ye! This song is well worth becoming a Pandora station. (Only other one I've done was "A Day in the Life".)

TAXI - describes the reality of life | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/28/11

"Taxi" is one of the greatest songs ever and if you really think about the message the lyrics convey you'll realize that this is everyone's life story in some manner - "Cat's In The Cradle" is also one of the greatest for the same reason -
I saw Harry Chapin live just several weeks before his untimely death and his death was among the biggest tragedies in entertainment - it's hard to believe that 30 years has elapsed - Bruce from Pennsylvania

He was a great kisser! | Reviewer: Cynthia | 8/16/10

I was lucky enough to see Harry Chapin perform at Spirit Square in Charlotte -- it was just a few weeks before his death. I was about 21 years old.

During the intermission he sold T-shirts and books out on the sidewalk in front of the theatre. He told everyone, "I shake the guys hands and kiss the girls." I didn't think he meant it -- we stood in line and when it was my turn he said, "I told you I kiss the girls." He came out from behind the table and put his hands on my shoulders and bent us both over so it was like the kiss in the famous photo from WW2. Instead of a peck it was a several-second kiss.

I'll have to say I've never been kissed like that before or since.

Memories | Reviewer: Dennis | 1/21/10

I remember enjoying Taxi from the time it was first released. In the late 1970s, I had the privilege if seeing Harry in concert. The most enjoyable part of the concert was learning the inspiration for his songs. The opening act that evening was Karla Bonoff and her lyrics are also poignant with an explanation of the inspiration in the liner notes.

Taxi, Piano Man, and Auld Lang Syne (Fogelberg) remain my three favorite songs of all time.

touched then and now | Reviewer: tony evanoff | 12/3/09

What a beautiful love song and creativity in the lyrics. I reflect back to 1973 every time I hear the song. I have the album to this day. My only regret is I never saw Harry in concert. He did come to Hershey Pa and I could not make it. Peace to you Harry

i still remember you | Reviewer: bob dow | 12/17/08

being a harry chapin fan immediately after hearing him for the first time,iwas hard pressed to find a favorite song .when i lost my first love at the old age 15 taxi became the song in which i remebered her .after 30 yr.s of rare glances of her we met ironically after iheard taxi heading for a bithday party we reunited have been together for 13 yrs.ty harry for giving memories to keep my dream alive. i wish you here to keep the change.

remembering harry | Reviewer: joe h | 5/22/08

I have had 2 heroes in my life and Harry Chapin was one of them – for his songs and music, for his dedication to causes such as solving world hunger, and his citizenship to the world. Taxi is the type of song that epitomizes the man and stories I love to remember. Whenever I need something helpful or encouraging to get me back on track, all it takes is a Harry Chapin song. His stories are truly the greatest ever told.

I had the honor of meeting Harry at a concert – he was in the back of the theatre after the show selling and signing a “Harry, it sucks!” t-shirt. I bought one and gave it to my girlfriend to have Harry sign it. When Harry saw this beautiful girl asking for an autograph, he lit up and said “Wow, you’re gorgeous.” Upon noticing I was standing very close to her with a concerned look on my face he said “Are you with him? Well if it doesn’t work out come back and see me” – at which point we all laughed, he gave my girlfriend a kiss and shook my hand. Funny, gregarious, talented guy and someone I miss to this day.

Keeps his wonderful memory very alive by having the courage to do something positive to the change lives of people less fortunate than yourself and to change the world - that's restarting today for me.

Opened up a world of songwriters for me | Reviewer: Kirk | 3/15/08

I was in high school when Taxi was originally released. The lyrics were hard to hear in spots, but hypnotic. There was no short version of the song, only the long play version which made it all the more compelling.
When it came time in Sophomore English to choose a song to write down and discect the lyrics for alliteration, rhymeing, and other tricks of the trade, that was the one I chose.
It was a long song, just the same, and it took me all period. But I loved doing it. I got an A for effort, and the teacher noticed I had chosen a long song, even though he didn't know it. The teacher wrote a special note to me asking where I have found such a moving song. I told him after class, and I believe he went out and bought a copy of Short Stories or Taxi.
Since that time, I've seen Harry's brother in concert several times, and HIS version of Cat in the Cradle is just a poignent as Harry's.
But the one thing that no one seems to remember, is that there was a SEQUEL to taxi that reverse the roles of the main characters. I urge you to seek it out. Call up your oldies radio station and request Sequel by Harry Chapin. It's on the greatest hits CD but never really took off for the sky...

I CAN STILL REMEMBER YOU | Reviewer: xodsg | 2/6/08

the song quite interest me when i've first heard it on the radio,though,some of the lyrics were hard to understand, its soft melody and the meaning was really catchy. i kinda miss someone when i here this song...

Beautiful, timeless melody | Reviewer: Eric | 1/10/08

I first heard 'Taxi" on the radio when it was released and always have loved this song. I put it on a CD a few years ago and just played it again. The lyrics are as poignant as any ever written. A warm and wonderful song that transports me back to a different time " I go flying, so high, when I'm stoned" What a great last line. Bless you Harry Chapin wherever you are.

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