All I Can Do Is Pray

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Charlie works down at the corner store, he sees a lot of faces
He can’t go anywhere without running across a friend, even in the strangest places
And he knows more than he lets on about the lives of everyone
But at the end of the day all he can do is pray

Now Charlie tells a story about a man named Tom who died before he shoulda’
Tom spend every day sitting in a bottle, he would have saved him if he coulda’
So Charlie tries to crack a smile when Tommy’s mom walks down the aisle
But at the end of the day all he can do is pray

There’s this girl named Sydney and she broke Charlie’s heart, up and left without a letter
It took a month or two ‘til he could look at me straight and say, “Jim, I’m doing better”
He said he wonders what went wrong, or if she knew it all along
But at the end of the day all he can do is pray

I’ve known Charlie just a couple years now, don’t know much about his past
Every morning he reminds me not to waste it, you the know the days go by so fast
And it’s not hard to recognize there’s a distance in his eyes
But at the end of the day all I can do is pray


 - July 2009 -