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GERALDINE AND RUTHIE MAE
(Sarah Elizabeth Campbell)

Geraldine and Ruthie Mae
They'll be cruising Main today
Through the walkways, the alleys,
Down by the dumpsters.

They might find a bite to eat
And a place to rest their feet.
It seems to take all the strength
That they can muster.

I don't want to be like them
When my voice is frail and thin,
Hiding in the shadows at night,
Counting hours 'til it's light.

This winter's been a hard one:
Lots of rain and no sun.
Old legs hurt and it's hard
To keep them moving.

It's the fourth winter that they've fought.
Each other is all they've got,
With their old carts pushed by hands
As frail as birds' wings.

Geraldine and Ruthie Mae,
Going crazier every day
In a city going full speed around them.

With their bundles and their bags,
Their trinkets and their rags,
In a world going full speed around them.

Geraldine and Ruthie Mae,
They'll be cruising Main today,
In a world that's going full speed around them.

Oh, I don't want to be like them
When my voice is frail and thin.
Hiding in the shadows at night,
Counting hours 'til it's light.

Recorded by Sarah Elizabeth Campbell on "A Little Tenderness," 1986.
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