In the Temple of the Honky Tonk

by Michael Ogborn

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WAS ICH WUNSCHE IST
EINER PLATZ,
WEIT ENT FERENT
VON DIE KALTE NACHT...
GEE, HOW UNLUCKY CAN YOU GET...

Mike
I HEARD YOU BLOWIN' OUT YOUR VOICE
THE OTHER NIGHT,
IN THE TEMPLE OF THE HONKY TONK
THE OTHER NIGHT,
YOU WERE WEAVIN' IN AND OUT THE CROWD
THE OTHER NIGHT,
YOU WERE DRUNK AND YOU WERE SINGING LOUD
THE OTHER NIGHT,
YOUR CHEATIN' HEART WAS COAXIN' SOMETHING
OUT OF A HORN
WISHIN' WHO YOU DID FOR LOVE
HAD NEVER BEEN BORN.

YOU MADE ME LOVE YOU SEVEN TIMES
THE OTHER NIGHT,
IN THE TEMPLE OF THE HONKY TONK
THE OTHER NIGHT,
I SAW YOU WORKIN' ALL YOUR CHARMS
THE OTHER NIGHT,
YOU WERE WORKIN' THOSE EVITA ARMS
THE OTHER NIGHT,
YOU WERE WALKIN' AFTER MIDNIGHT
WITH A SMILE ON YOUR FACE,
SINGIN' IN THE RAIN AGAIN AND
BELTIN' OUT EMBRACEABLE YOU.

The Crowd
AND ALL WE NEED IS A ROOM SOMEWHERE,
FAR, FAR AWAY, FROM THE COLD NIGHT AIR,
GEE, HOW UNLUCKY CAN YOU GET
DA-DA-DA-DA-DA-DA-
DA...

Mike
I LOVE TO WORK A ROOM LIKE THAT,
WHERE ANYONE CAN PASS THE HAT.
WHERE EVERYBODY GETS INVOLVED,
AND EVERY CHORD IS UNRESOLVED.
WHERE ANYTHING GOES,
AND EVERYTHING'S SAID,
AND LYRICS RESIDE IN EVERY ONE'S HEAD
WHERE NOBODY NEEDS THE CUE TO KNOW WHEN
TO UP THE KEY AND SING IT AGAIN
DA-DA-DA-DA-DA-DA
DA...

The Crowd

(Ah, forget about it. That's in my break!)
WAS ICH WUNSCHE IST
EINER PLATZ,
WEIT ENT FERENT
VON DIE KALTE NACHT!

Mike
CIGARETTES AND DOLLAR BILLS,
AND OLD REFRAINS,
IN THE TEMPLE OF THE HONKY TONK
TO EASE THE PAINS
YOU WERE SIPPIN' ON A GLASS OF WINE
FROM EARLY ON
SLOPPY ON THE COUNTER-POINT
YOUR VOICE WAS GONE
YOU WERE SCREAMIN' AT SOME TENOR
WHO HAD STOLEN YOUR PART
THEN ZOOM! BOP! ZING!
WENT THE STRINGS OF YOUR HEART!

WE CHECK OUR COATS WE LAUGH A LOT,
WE CONGREGATE.
IN THE TEMPLE OF THE HONKY TONK,
WE CELEBRATE.
WHEN WE HAPPEN ON A COMMON KEY,
AND LIGHTS ARE DIM
WE LET THE OLD FAMILIAR SONGS
TURN INTO HYMNS.
IN THE TEMPLE OF THE HONKY TONK
EVERYBODY HAS THEIR OWN SONG.
BUT IN THE TEMPLE OF THE HONKY TONK
EVERYBODY ELSE SINGS ALONG
DA-DA-DA-DA-DA-DA
DA...

The Crowd
ALL WE NEED IS A ROOM SOMEWHERE
FAR, FAR AWAY FROM THE COLD NIGHT AIR
SOMEHOW...
SOMEDAY...
SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW...

Mike
MAIRZY DOATS AND DOZIE DOATS
AND LIDDLE LAMZY DIVEY...
IN THE TEMPLE OF THE HONKY TONK.
IN THE TEMPLE OF THE HONKY TONK.


"In the Temple of the Honky Tonk"
Words and Music by 

Michael Ogborn (c) 1998

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released August 18, 2016

Recorded live April 2,2001
Piano & Vocal: Michael Ogborn
Bass: John Loerhke
Back-up: Jeff Coon, Jilline Ringle,
Todd Waddington, Denise Whelan

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Michael Ogborn New York, New York

Michael Ogborn is a composer/playwright currently living in New York City. He has had over 25 musicals produced to date. Please visit his website at www.michaelogborn.com for archival photos and show information. Thanks!

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