I Told Him That My Dog Wouldn't Run

by Patty Larkin

I Told Him That My Dog Wouldn't Run
I told him that I loved someone
Yeah, that's my old car out in the parking lot
I saw him when he first walked in
I thought it was a vision of him
He was lookiing like where he had been
Looking kind of fragile

He said
I read the Bible everyday
Trying to keep the demons at bay
Thank God when the sun goes down
I don't blow away

My friend said, was he always like that
I said yeah, but he was never this bad
I remember us playing for nickels and dimes
Out on the corner
I asked him to marry me once
He told me he couldn't because
This would be all that there was

He said
I read the Bible very day
Trying to keep the demons at bay
Thank God when the sun goes down
I don't blow away

He was laughing but I didn't get the joke
He was dying to light up a smoke
And I wanted to cry
In the florescent light of the restaurant
I smiled and I got up to go
I was hoping for a goodbye to hold
But it was kinda like touching a ghost
So I ran when I walked out

He said
I read the Bible every day
Trying to keep the demons at bay
Thank God when the sun goes down
I don't blow away

I got in my car and I drove
Over the bridge to the coast
Wondering where does old love go

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