Dreaming of Kerrville

Copyright Doc Pablo, August 2001

Inspired by an old photo of Dar Williams at the Kerrville folk festival

G riff: G  G/F# G/E G/F# //
D riff: D  D/B  D/C D/B

v1:     C            C/B           Am       G  
Your guitar's on the stairs, and I ask if I might
         C          C/B           Am          D  
You say "Oh, do you play?" Well I guess I'm alright,
      C            C/B              Am            G  
and I won't win no prizes, but I've written a few songs
       C            C/B    Am                D (D riff)
That I play with my friends, and we all sing along...

So you pour us some tea as I strum a few bars
And you're smiling at me but we're both working hard
And we stumble in silence, left with nothing much to say
As we sit on your couch - guess I'm still miles away...

1st chorus: (chords as in verse, except for last line hook)

And I'm dreaming of Kerrville where they sing to the dawn
In the heartland of Texas as summer comes on
Though I ain't never played there - only in my dreams I might,
       C           C/B     Am            D          G (G riff)
So I'm dreaming of Kerrville, though I'm with you tonight

v2:
You say "Oh, what's the point?"; I agree with a sigh
You're bent all out of joint and don't even know why
But I'm easily distracted, so the fault is surely mine:
You just let me near a steel guitar, and in a matter of time...

So I mutter an apology, and put the guitar down
And I promise that I'll be much better on the next time 'round
Though you know I know this time's the last, you whisper "It's alright"
And I thank you for the tea again - then it's time to say "Goodnight"

2nd chorus:
But I'm still dreaming of Kerrville with a song on the wing
They won't turn you away if you can play or you can sing
And though I'd leave here tomorrow, just like Joni I've been tied
So I'm dreaming of Kerrville, on the lonely midnight ride

v3:
Driving home alone revives my echoes of the past
And I wonder at the way my first dates tend to be my last
Please don't call me a 'romantic' - that gig's never what it seems
'Cause romantics don't get romances, but this dreamer's got his dreams

3rd chorus:
And now I'm dreaming of Kerrville where they sing to the dawn
In the heartland of Texas as summer comes on
Though I ain't never played there - only in my dreams I might,
So I'm dreaming of Kerrville, as I turn out the light... (D riff this time only)

And I'm dreaming of Kerrville, and I smile at the crowd
And I take a deep breath, and I sing it out loud
And I reach for that note, and I nail it just right
When I'm dreaming of Kerrville - in my dreams tonight

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