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Love at the Five and Dime

Nanci Griffith


Capo 3



Intro (x2):

/ G - - - / - - - - / - - - - / - - - - /

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



Rita was sixteen years, hazel eyes and chestnut hair

G/C                                                   G
she made the Woolworth counter shine

Eddie was a sweet romancer, and a darn good dancer

G/C                                                         G
they'd waltz the aisles of the five and dime




                  D11                                  Am7
They'd sing, dance a little closer to me, dance a little closer now

D11                         Am7
Dance a little closer tonight

D11                                  Am7
Dance a little closer to me, it's closing time

C/D                      D                                G
And love's on sale tonight at this five and dime




Eddie played the steel guitar and his mama cried 'cuz he played in the bars

G/C                                                G
And kept young Rita out late at night

So they married up in Abilene, lost a child in Tennessee

still that love survived





One of the boys in Eddie's band took a shine to Rita's hand

G/C                                                     G
so Eddie ran off with the bass man's wife

Oh but he was back by June and be singin’ a different tune

G/C                                                G
And sportin' Miss Rita back by his side





Eddie traveled with the barroom bands ‘till arthritis took his hands

G/C                                           G
now he sells insurance on the side

Rita's got a house to keep she writes dime store novels and a love so sweet

G/C                                               G
they dance to the radio late at night



Repeat First Verse


C/G                                                      G

they'd waltz the aisles of the five and dime

C/G                                                       G
they'd waltz the aisles of the five and dime

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