What I Should Have Said

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When I'm by myself I'm quite the magician
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With the turn of the phrase and the juxtaposition
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But give me a crowd and watch me go fishin'
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Turn up the heat and I'm out of the kitchen

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Bob got in a good one at my expense
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He had 'em all laughin' at my weak-kneed defense
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On the bus goin' home I could only resort
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To imagine a comeback some snappy retort

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But my chance is over, it's a play in my head
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Where I really nail him with what I should have said

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Friday night at the party, Sue was quite the wit
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She got in some zingers 'bout my politics
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Like a frog on a hot rock my brain squrimed around
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For the perfect rejoinder which I never found

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But my chance is over, it's a play in my head
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Where I turn the tables with what I should have said

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With what I should have said I would know in advance
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I'm the master of banter the King of Romance
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The guy in the center whose leading the dance,
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Not the kid in the corner with the big pair of pants
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And now I'm in bed With what I should have said

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Today at the bus stop a man read the news
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Shook his head and he asked me my religious views
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But the answers he needed somehow wouldn't come
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From the back of my brain to the tip of my tongue

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Well now that that's over it's a play in my head
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'bout how I convinced him with what I should have said
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Now most nights I'm in bed with what I should have said

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