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Thread #138137   Message #3161051
Posted By: Joe Offer
26-May-11 - 05:55 PM
Thread Name: Casey's last ride - meaning?
Subject: ADD: Casey's Last Ride (Kris Kristofferson)
For the record, here are the lyrics:

CASEY'S LAST RIDE
(Kris Kristofferson)

Casey joins the hollow sound of silent people walking down
The stairway to the subway in the shadows down below
Following their footsteps through the neon-darkened corridors
Of silent desperation never speaking to a soul

The poison air he's breathing has the dirty smell of dying
Cause it's never seen the sunshine and it's never felt the rain
But Casey minds the arrows and ignores the fatal echoes
Of the clicking of the turnstyle and the rattle of his chain

    Oh, she said, Casey it's been so long since I've seen you
    Here, she said, just a kiss to make a body smile
    See, she said, I put on new stockings just to please you
    Lord, she said, Casey can you only stay a while

Casey leaves the underground and stops inside the Golden Crown
For something wet to wipe away the chill that's on his bones
Seeing his reflection in the lives of all the lonely men
Who reach for anything they can to keep from going home

Standing in the corner Casey drinks his pint of bitter
Never glancing in the mirror at the people passing by
And he stumbles as he's leavin' and he wonders if the reason
Is the beer that's in his belly or the tear that's in his eye

    Oh, she said, I suppose you seldom think about me
    Now, she said, now that you've a family of your own
    Still, she said, it's so blessed good to feel your body
    Lord, she said, Casey it's a shame to be alone

Emmylou Harris sings the following at the end of the song, but Kristofferson does not
    Oh, she said, Casey it's been so long since I've seen you
    Here, she said, just a kiss to make a body smile
    See, she said, I put on new stockings just to please you
    Oh, she said, Casey can you only stay a while

Words and Music by Kris Kristofferson

source: http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/Casey-s-Last-Ride-lyrics-John-Denver/4203B5BBE508CC08482568850008042D

I made a few corrections after listening to the Emmylou Harris and Kris Kristofferson recordings