Tom's Diner - Suzanne Vega

    I am sitting in the morning
    at the diner on the corner
    I am waiting at the counter
    for the man to pour the coffee

    and he fills it only halfway
    and before I even argue
    he is looking out the window
    at somebody coming in

    "it is always nice to see you"
    says the man behind the counter
    to the woman who has come in
    she is shaking her umbrella

    and I look the other way
    as they are kissing their hellos
    and I'm pretending not to see them
    instead I pour the milk

    I open up the paper
    there's a story of an actor
    who had died while he was drinking
    it was no one I had heard of

    and I'm turning to the horoscope
    and looking for the funnies
    when I'm feeling someone watching me
    and so I raise my head

    there's a woman on the outside
    looking inside--does she see me?
    no, she does not really see me
    'cause she sees her own reflection

    and I'm trying not to notice
    that she's hitching up her skirt
    and while she's straightening her stockings
    her hair has gotten wet

    oh, this rain it will continue
    through the morning as I'm listening
    to the bells of the cathedral
    I am thinking of your voice

    and of the midnight picnic once upon a time
    before the rain began...
    I finish up my coffee
    it is time to catch the train

    la la la la, la la la la
    la la la la, la la la la

    © 1983 by Suzanne Vega


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