Roads in Disrepair 

©1984 Andrew Calhoun, recorded on The Gates of Love and Where Blue Meets Blue

Written in a laundry room on Jarvis Street in Chicago in 1984, in 40 minutes. But two lines that took 15 years to fix. 

Spring has come again 
And the men are upholding their manhood 
And the dogs are going to the dogs 
We haven't spoken in a month 
The neighborhood is changing a little 
Some roads are in disrepair 

Spring has come again 
Marcia goes on saying she can't go on 
Tyler's tending bar 
Hugh and Cindy are getting a divorce 
and another car 
We haven't spoken in seven weeks 
We haven't gotten that little dinner thing going 

Summer's comin' in 
Tulips gone already 
Hey, pretty Betty 
Kiss me like you done before 
Pick that bean 
Bang that door with the broken screen 
Bang that door with the broken screen 

Summer's hot and summer's hummin' 
Look out now, your new friend's comin' 
Tan and sandy man and woman 
There's time to break, and make amends 
And make it while the summer ends 

Autumn is a friendly time 
Sweaters, almonds, apple wine 
Old people praying in the park 
Children playing after dark 
Teacher goin' back to work 
Some roads are in disrepair 

First snow is something new 
To the baby Donald who 
Sits in a stroller, warm and young 
While Mommy smiles and points and talks 
"See the snowflake on my tongue" 
Weary days and winter walks 

Winter brings the solemn fear 
Merciless, glorious and real 
I lost my job on the subway line, 
Finished up the apple wine 
We haven't talked in a half a yea 

Winter sets the blade in me 
I cannot fight its currency 
I caught myself the Asian flu 
Lost myself a day or two 
Caught myself still loving you 

Spring is comin' soon 
First buds popping in the trees 
Green shoots pokin' through dead leaves 
Damnation, and the smell of ham 
Come find me, I am where I am 
Come find me, I am where I am 

And when I called her, she was home 
And she was fine, but not alone 
And I said, "I am glad for you" 
I was proud and lonesome too 


And Spring has come again
And the men are upholding their manhood  
And the dogs are going to the dogs  
We haven't spoken in a month  
The neighborhood is changing a little  
Some roads are in disrepair 

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