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Library Boy: lyrics & streaming audio


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Here's a quickie home recording with Jodi Krangle on vocals and me on MIDI guitar (if you like Jodi's vocals, do check out her site!). This was a surprise birthday gift from Urban Tapestry to our librarian friend, Rand Bellavia, in April 2002. We don't tend to perform this in public anymore because it's a tad outdated. Someday I'll have to update the lyrics to keep up with modern library technology. :-)

C                                                F    G
I am a civilized girl, I comb my hair, I love family
but I confess my very favourite refuge is my local
F        G
F                            G
The musty bookshelves are so picturesque
F                           G               C     C
But most of all I like the guy behind the desk.
F        C
Hey, Mr. Library Boy, please wontcha
F                                 C
show me a little Heinlein or some Leo Tolstoy
F                          C
You don't know I exist but you have my heart
Wontcha stamp my card?

C  C
C                                                     F   G
The way you put away books, the way you always articulate
The way you gimme a look when I talk too loud, it makes my poor heart 
F       G
F                          G
When I go home, the world loses its zest
F                                 G               C    C                    
Can't wait 'til I get back to the guy behind the desk.
C                                                       F  G
I've got a tendency to keep books 'til they're way overdue
I get the notices but it's been six years, where's my special
F           G
visit from you?  
F                            G
   You smile at me and I can't help but obsess
F                           G               C   C
how I'd like to catalog the guy behind the desk.
                C                       F                       C   C
        Oh Mr. Library Boy, by now you surely know I'm not a newcomer
                  C                             F
        So baby, let's not be coy, I'd like to get your
                             C      C
              Dewey Decimal Number
  F                            G
I try but nothing I do will make me forget
F                            G               C -------
My passion for that special guy behind the desk.
              (Jodi: Mr. Library Boy, lemme show ya some
                     bibliophile joy)

Reader Comments (1)

Great ! Loving one. I like it to read. Is any one sing this one. If some one have info plz can give the detail ?


January 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLyrics

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