Smoke Ring Days
Sister Susan was two years older
Tried to teach me to play guitar
She outgrew me as she grew bolder
Drunk on dreams schemed to take her far
Tried to follow but couldn't catch her
'Til I lost her around life's bend
Still can hear her as she flew past here
Singing 'baby, I'm not like them'
Bobby Brickley was my first lover
Married him when I turned eighteen
Came too quickly and stole the covers
Lost his job and found benzedrine
Moved to Houston and had the baby
Got a job at the five and ten
When all else failed, was Sue who saved me
Singing 'baby, you're not like them'
Well, you think that you've had enough
As the years roll by and the times are tough
But over and over I told her again
'No, we're not going down for the count
'Cause we're not like them'
Heard a voice in my head this morning
Telling me it was time to fly
Came upon me without a warning
Yet I knew not to question why
Went to Mama to say I was leaving
Not sure when I'd be back again
She just said 'never stop believing
Susie Baby, you're not like them'