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Wanna Wanna Bar

from General Store by Owen Temple

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A seagull cry, a child laugh, an old man orders a drink
It's been ten years since he got here and it hurts to think
That years ago at this beachside bar a woman held his hand
He lost his chance for true romance on South Padre Island

The woman's name was Mary Ann and Gary loved her so
He said be my wife for the rest of your life and she said no
Old Gary was from Indiana all his life a traveling man
He had a dog and a boat and he would float and fish around the island

He's stuck at Wanna Wanna the beachfront bar
sipping on a Coke and rum
The tide rolls in his dreams die out
waiting on a love that won't come
True love never will come

Years ago in California Gary loved a girl named Sue
She and three more wives told him lies when they said I do
And this last one took the money and the things Gary cared about
She took the dog and the boat, now he can't float cause she walked out


Gary looks out at the gulf and squints his eyes
He's thinking again of what might have been without them hard goodbyes
But Gary's got lots of stories about people and places he's been
Yeah, I've had a few of them good times too he said with a grin


And Gary's still down there on Padre a little sad but he's alright
If you head his way on some Sunday he'll drink with you all night


(Owen Temple)
© 1997 Owen Temple Music (BMI)


from General Store, released September 21, 1997


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