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Harry Chapin The Mayor of Candor Lied Lyrics

Last updated: 02/19/2011 10:00:00 AM

In the little town of Candor in the last year of my youth
I learned the final lesson of the levels to the truth
My father was a farmer he'd go tilling in the ground
My mother was a neighbor she'd go visiting around.

But I didn't care.
For I had found the answer to a plowboy's lonely prayer.
She was the daughter of the Mayor.

The Mayor fought my courtship for he'd made other plans
He saw her married to a better man than a boy with farmer's hands.
I said -- I hate your father, it's so hard not to strike him.
She said --You know I love you because you're so much like him.

And so I'd go sneaking in the evening
And there she'd stand a crying in the dawn as I was leaving

But the Mayor of Candor lied
When he offered me his only daughter
The Mayor of Candor tried
To take her off across the water
What a thing to do to a young man in love
What a thing to do to your daughter.

One day with father on his tractor and mother off again
I go to find the mayor to work out what I can
But he is not at his office, he is not at his home
When I find him in the countryside he is not alone

He's holding a woman and imagine my surprise
As she jumps back from his arms I look into my mother's eyes
The mayor of Candor lied

All my thoughts of outrage, embarrassment and pain
Were washed away by what then went roaring through my brain
How the Mayor's at my mercy and I hear my own voice say --
Your run for re-election sir is one month away.

And the world will never know what I've seen here sir
But I'll be with your daughter is my meaning clear sir?

The Mayor of Candor lied
When he offered me his only daughter
The Mayor of Candor tried
To take her off across the water
What a thing to do to a young man in love
What a thing to do to your daughter.

My mother looks in horror at this compromise we made
But the Mayor's rueful smile says the piper must be paid
I had a month of joy in heaven from this deal I'd made in hell
What was to happen then my friend the prophet could not tell

The day after his re-election and the victory celebration
The Mayor takes his family on a month long foreign vacation

Oh Coleen -- you know how much I love you
There is no one I'd ever place above you
Oh Coleen -- you don't even know me
To have you there's nothing that's below me.

But time always passes after all
And as the summer follows spring so does the winter follow fall

The day that they return I stand waiting in the road
I watch the car drive up I watch the passengers unload
Of course she isn't there of course I should have known
The Mayor says that she has stayed the decision is her own.
He says " She's finishing her schooling, on that unseen foreign shore
and I'll tell you very frankly boy, you'll not see her anymore

The Mayor of Candor lied
When he offered me his only daughter
The Mayor of Candor tried
To take her off across the water
What a thing to do to a young man in love
What a thing to do to your daughter.

I spit out my hatred and my fury at his lies
When he says you tried to blackmail me you're just as bad as I
Go on and do your damndest boy, throw your mother to the streets
You know it's been too many years I've had to be discreet
And as he stands there saying we're just two of a kind
It hits me like a thunderbolt exploding in my mind

As I look into his leering aged wrinkled mirror of my own face
He laughs and sneers and says -- Of course dear son --
Where do you think you came from in the first place?

The Mayor of Candor lied
When he offered me his only daughter
The Mayor of Candor tried
To take her off across the water
What a thing to do to a young man in love
What a thing to do to your daughter.

Thanks to L. McCready for submitting The Mayor of Candor Lied Lyrics.



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The Mayor of Candor Lied but Chapin never lied. | Reviewer: Ron Lucchesi | 2/19/11

For 70 years I've read and listened to stories told by the best that humans have to offer on recorded music. In his song "The Mayor of Candor Lied" he tells of double twisted betrayal and treachery. This episodic storytelling method is, by far, the most difficult to do convincingly. Chapin dispatches it flawlessly...again. This is fodder for a great opera.



harry/candor | Reviewer: Ahdi Dasuqi | 12/30/07

one of the greatest songs out there,however I believe we are missing some words based on all the times I heared Harry sing this song, SHE IS FINISHING HER SCHOOLING ON THAT UNSEEN FORIEGN SHORE,AND FRANKLY BOY YOU WILL NOT SEE HER ANYMORE, THE MAYOR OF CANDOR LIED WHEN HE OFFERED ME HIS ONLY DAUGHTER,.......