Looking Glass From Stanton Station

I used to work for the New Jersey Railroad

I got laid off ’cause the times weren’t good

My unemployment sixty-five dollars

Sixty-five dollars don’t buy what it should

I have a-a weakness for 80-proof whiskey

Lately I’m drinkin’ a bottle every day

Messin’ my mind up, lord, it’s wreckin’ my body

But it helps make those long lonely hours slip away

I used to be a railroad man, and I’m damn proud of it, too

I did more work in a workin’ day, than any two men could do

Foreman said I drink too much and I guess it’s half-way true

I drink half as much as my daddy did, and twice as much as you

I used to have me a good lookin’ woman

Loved her and kept her, and called her my own

She started packin’ when I started drinkin’

Now I’m drunk, and I’m busty, and I’m angry all alone

I used to be a railroad man, and I’m damn proud of it, too

I did more work in a workin’ day, than any two men could do

Foreman said I drink too much and at last I know it’s true

But I’m too far gone to change now, ain’t nothin’ I can do

Looking Glass Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne

Just seventeen, everything that you’ve seen

It’s all there in her eyes

So many years of her poor mama’s tears

And her daddy’s sweet lies

There’s nobody home

Mary-Anne’s alone

Almost fully grown

And worrying the whys

Jimmy’s been down, he’s been out and around

And he knows where it’s at

Love to be good if he thought that he could

But it isn’t like that

He don’t make mistakes

What he makes, he takes

Jimmy gets all the breaks

‘Cause he knows how

Jimmy loves Mary-Anne

Jimmy wants to be her man

Jimmy loves Mary-Anne

She thinks it’s all right

She’s not alone and she picks up the phone

And she hears Jimmy say

Mother I’m beat, I’m so sick of the street

Feel like running away

There’s no life here at all

The city seems so small

There’s sweeter music calling us away

Let it play

Jimmy loves Mary-Anne

Jimmy wants to be her man

Jimmy loves Mary-Anne

She thinks it’s all right

This big dollar town, it can drag you right down

If you go it alone

Even the strong don’t survive very long

When they’re out on their own

Jimmy knows it’s true

Mary-Anne knows it too

They can see each other through

If they hold on

Jimmy loves Mary-Anne

Jimmy wants to be her man

Jimmy loves Mary-Anne

She thinks it’s all right

Jimmy loves Mary-Anne

Jimmy wants to be her man

Jimmy loves Mary-Anne

She thinks it’s all right