Lyrics Love: Careless - Paul Kelly

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Dedicated to words, expression, creative craft and speaking from the heart. There's no more intense love of a song than when you pour over, analyse and repeat the words of your latest song obsession. It happens a lot when you're a teenager and if you're lucky continues throughout your life. This has been the source of my crush for many manys:


Careless - Paul Kelly

How many cabs in New York City, how many angels on a pin?
How many notes in a saxophone, how many tears in a bottle of gin?
How many times did you call my name, knock at the door but you couldn't get in?

I know I've been careless

I've been wrapped up in a shell, nothing could get through to me
Acted like I didn't know I had friends and family
I saw worry in their eyes, it didn't look like fear to me

I know I've been careless
I lost my tenderness
I've been careless
I took bad care of this

Like a mixture in a bottle, like a frozen over lake
Like a long-time, painted smile I got so hard I had to crack
You were there, you held the line, you're the one that brought me back

I know I've been careless
I lost my tenderness
I've been careless
I took bad care of this

How many cabs in New York City, how many angels on a pin?
How many notes in a saxophone, how many tears in a bottle of gin?
How many times did you call my name, knock at the door but you couldn't get in?
How many stars in the milky way, how many ways can you lose a friend?

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