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Tangled up Puppet
by Harry Chapin



Tangled Up Puppet

I’m a tangled up puppet
Spinning ‘round in knots
And the more I see
what used to be
The less of you I’ve got

There was a time that you curled up
In my lap like a child
you clinged to me smiling
your eyes wide and wild.
Now you slip through my arms
wave a passing ‘hello’
slip away and pass a kiss
laughing as you go.

You used to say, ‘Read me a story’
and sing me songs of love
for you, a princess paradise
on the wings of a dove
Now I’ve chased you and teased you
trying to remake you my own
you just turn away from me
‘Please leave me alone’.

[Chorus]
And I’m a tangled up puppet
All hanging in your strings
I’m a butterfly in a spider’s web
Fluttering my wings
And the more that I keep dancing
And spinning ‘round in knots
The more I see what used to be
And the less of you I’ve got.

You are a drawer full of make-up
and rinses and things.
You keep changing your moods
like your earrings and rings.
But tonight while we played tag
for 5 minutes in the yard
just for a moment
I caught you off guard.

[Chorus]

Now you write your secret poems
in a room just for your dreams.
You don’t find time to talk to me
about the things you mean.
What I mean is….
I have watched you take shape
from a jumble of parts
to find the grace and form
of a fine work of art.
Hey you, my brand new woman
newly come into your own
don’t cha know
that you don’t need
to grow up all alone.
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Lyrics submitted by Jim Martin.