Love At The Five And Dime


by Nanci Griffith
Tuning: D G D G B D
(Capo 3rd Fret)

Rita was sixteen years, with hazel eyes and chestnut hair
She made the Woolworth counter shine
Eddie was a sweet romancer, and a darn good dancer
They'd waltz the aisles of the five and dime, and they sing...

G - - - / Gsus2 - - - / C/G - - - / G - - - / x4 //

 C:	Dance a little closer to me, dance a little closer now
Dance a little closer tonight
Dance a little closer to me, 'cause it's closing time
And love's on sale tonight at this five and dime

G - - - / Am7 - - - / x2 / x2 / D - - - / G - - - //

Eddie played the steel guitar, and his mama cried cuz he played in the bars
And kept young Rita out late at night
So they married up in Abilene, lost a child in Tennessee
Still that love survived, 'cause they'd sing...

C:	(Chorus)

One of the boys in Eddie's band took a shine to Rita's hand
So Eddie ran off with the bass man's wife
Oh but he was back by June, singin' a different tune
And sportin' Miss Rita back by his side, and he sang...

C:	(Chorus)

(Solo over verse)

Eddie traveled with the barroom bands till arthritis took his hands
Now he sells insurance on the side
Rita's got a house to keep, she writes dime store novels about a love so sweet
They dance to the radio late at night, and they sing...

C:	(Chorus)

‘Cause Rita was sixteen years, hazel eyes and chestnut hair
She really made the Woolworth counter shine
And Eddie was a sweet romancer, and a darn good dancer
And they'd waltz the aisles of the five and dime

 T:	And they'd waltz the aisles of the five and dime
And they'd waltz the aisles of the five and dime

C/G - - - / G - - - /  x2  //


© 1986 Rounder Records:: on her “The Last of the True Believers”
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