Single Rider

from by Brooke Abbey

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I wrote this for my third anniversary with Amy. Our love has always orbited around Cedar Point, an amusement park in Ohio with the best roller coasters anywhere. I love you, darlin'. And I love you too, Cedar Point. I used to be afraid to ride even the little kiddie coasters, and now I go on the meanest, wildest ones. It turns out they're pretty fun if you have someone to hold your hand.

A lot of coasters have a separate line-up for people who don't have someone to ride with, who are willing to sit with a stranger - you can skip a long line-up that way! And that's the single rider line. You see real coaster-nerds, who want to be on a coaster every second they can, wearing home-made t-shirts saying SINGLE RIDER on them. Sometimes with hand-painted flames. Because they can.

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I won a prize in a midway game G Gsus4
And the toy is worth maybe seventeen cents G Gsus4
But the toy is not what I just spent five dollars on G D G
I think I've got a sunburn and G Gsus4
I think that I might puke if I ride the swings again G Gsus4
and I wish that you were here with me now. G D G

Come sit with me on the ferris wheel G C
And I'll close my eyes on the coaster's big first hill G D
And scream and squeeze your hand G C
And could anything be sweeter than this funnel cake G D
Let's buy some cheese fries G C
Just to throw out for the seagulls, oh G D
Let's take our shoes off and never put them back on. G C G D

The dogs are wearing spandex
And the cows have sparkly makeup on
And the lumberjacks all have Australian accents
I just bought coffee on a stick but you know
That's not the strangest part;
What's strange is I am here and you are not.

Come sit with me on the ferris wheel
And I'll close my eyes on the coaster's big first hill
And scream and squeeze your hand
And could anything be sweeter than this funnel cake
Let's buy some cheese fries
Just to throw out for the seagulls, oh
Let's take our shoes off and never put them back on.

You know I don't normally miss you this hard
You're so far away; I think of you fondly
And leave it at that.
But when the fair is in town and my chin
is covered in powdered sugar then suddenly
I'm a single rider and all I can think of is you.

Come sit with me on the ferris wheel
And I'll close my eyes on the coaster's big first hill
And scream and squeeze your hand
And could anything be sweeter than this funnel cake
Let's buy some cheese fries
Just to throw out for the seagulls, oh
Let's take our shoes off and never put them back on.
Let's take our shoes off and never put them back on.

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from Stuff from 2012!, track released August 23, 2012

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Brooke Abbey Vancouver

Brooke Abbey (formerly Brooke Lunderville) is a banjo-playing pharmacist from Vancouver, BC.

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