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Song: “It’s Not Too Late to Leave Him”

“It’s Not Too Late to Leave Him”

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Behind the Song

This song came as the title and the idea all at once. I was thinking how some women stay too long with a guy out of a sense of duty, long past the time any duty has been well and truly paid.

I quickly sketched out some lyrics, some of which I wasn’t happy with. I let the song sit in the back of my head for a few weeks, then hashed out the lyrics you hear today.

Lyrics

A woman who is strong
stays the course and does no wrong
she keeps the home-fires burning

now she don't slip and she don't stray
she just keeps working every day
and never listens to her heart's yearning

but there's something you should know
there's nothing more you owe

You were only twenty-two
when he showed you what to do
how to keep a weather-eye out for his squalls

he bought you a dress and he gave you a ring
he didn't take much, just everything
he keeps you for a landing when he falls

and you know you'll never get a rest
when every moment is a test

It's not too late to leave him
your life has still got meaning
you're more than just some walking man's wife

It's not too late to leave him
whatever god you believe in
won't cast you in the dark for loving life
it's not too late to leave him tonight

So what you're fifty-four
a few decades lost, but you've got more
don't you think by now you've given him enough?

so pack your bags and step outside
my car is running, you've got a ride
I'll take you where life won't be so dammed tough

let someone else give
it's time for you to live

It's not too late to leave him
your life has still got meaning
you're more than just some walking man's wife

It's not too late to leave him
whatever god you believe in
won't cast you in the dark for loving life
it's not too late to leave him tonight

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