Outside Looking In

Mary Chapin Carpenter

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Mary Chapin Carpenter

Mary Chapin Carpenter (born February 21, 1958) is an American folk and country music singer, songwriter and musician. Carpenter spent several years singing in Washington, D.C. clubs before signing in the late 1980s with Columbia Records, who marketed her as a country singer. Carpenter's first album, 1987's Hometown Girl, did not produce any singles, although 1989's State of the Heart and 1990's Shooting Straight in the Dark each produced four Top 20 hits on the Billboard country singles charts. more »


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Everywhere I see the signs pointing one direction 
No more twists or crooked turns leaving room for doubt 
Where I used to take the time for quiet and reflection 
Now I only hear the noise of what I am without

I see them walking hand in hand and my eyes just want to linger 
On those golden wedding bands wrapped around their fingers 
By the time I turn away I feel it once again 
I'm back in this familiar place, outside looking in

Baby, all the tears between us couldn't fill the spaces 
And all the words we grasped at they just fell away 
I kept waiting on forgiveness to fix the broken places 
But nothing even like it ever came my way
And tonight I drove around and the street came up before me 
I took a turn and then I found this old house coming toward me 
I heard the sound a heart must make when a memory's caving in 
Oh, baby, what a hungry place, outside looking in

It's the hardest kind of need that never knows a reason 
Are we such a lonely breed or just born in a lonely season?
Baby, it's all in the eyes; it's where the reckoning begins 
It's where we linger like a sigh; it's where we long to be pulled in
It's where we learn to say goodbye without saying anything 
Just standing on the borderlines, outside looking in

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