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Lyrics for Sunday and Mary Chapin Carpenter

I Take My Chances
By Don Schlitz and Mary Chapin Carpenter

I took a walk in the rain one day
On the wrong side of the tracks
I stood on the rail 'til I saw that train
Just to see how my heart would react
Now some people say that you shouldn't tempt fate
And for them I can not disagree
But I never learned nothing from playing it safe
I say fate should not tempt me

I take my chances
I don't mind working without a net
I take my chances
I take my chances every chance I get

I sat alone in the dark one night
Tuning in by remote
I found a preacher who spoke of the light
But there was brimstone in his throat
He'd show me the way according to him
In return for my personal checks
I flipped my channel back to CNN
And I threw away my cigarettes

I take my chances
Yes, forgiveness doesn't come with a debt
I take my chances
I take my chances every chance I get

I've crossed lines of words and wire
And both have cut me deep
I've been frozen out and I've been on fire
And the tears are mine to weep
But I can cry until I laugh
Or laugh until I cry
So cut the deck right in half
I'll play from either side

I take my chances
I pay my dollar and I place my bet
I take my chances
I take my chances every chance I get

I take my chances
I don't cling to remorse or regret
I take my chances
I take my chances every chance I get


Paul and I are just back from seeing Mary Chapin Carpenter at Wolf Trap, where we saw her several times in the mid-late '90s, but not since, and she is still phenomenal -- she did most of the songs from Come On Come On and Stones in the Road, of which I can sing every word and several of which are major touchstones in my life. The awesome Rhiannon Giddens (whom we knew from Nashville, though we didn't make the connection until afterward) and Francesco Turrisi opened for her and they were wonderful too. We had indoor tickets after having been flooded out of one of those '90s concerts, but we ate on the lawn and the rain held off!

Earlier, we had a quiet morning doing chores -- the fan/dehumidifier is hopefully being picked up tomorrow morning, then more cleanup begins -- and I went to Cabin John Park to catch some Eevees for Pokemon Go Community Day before we did some shopping at Michael's and Giant. I found several shiny Eevees and traded an old, mediocre Jolteon that turned into a high-IV lucky Pokemon. Now we're half-watching pre-season football and horrified reading about the University of Maryland's football program. There were no photos allowed inside the Filene Center once the concert started, but here are a few of the flowers and souvenirs at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts:

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