They Thought I Was Asleep

Paul Kelly

We were driving back from the country one night Mum and Dad up front and the rest of us snug and tight My kid brother grizzled for a little minute ‘Til my big sister told he’d better quit it or die It had been a long day in the countryside Playing’ with the cousins on my mother’s side The sound of the radio closed our eyes drifting across the seat then I fell asleep I don’t know what woke me up, maybe a country song or a big truck passing by But I could hear Momma and Papa talking Papa said something and Momma began to cry No more words than just soft sobs and then my head began to throb I just lay there playing dog breathing slow and deep They thought I was asleep, They thought that I was asleep HARMONICA (x2) (x2) Well it seemed like forever til the sobbing stopped Then they talked for a little just too soft to hear And Daddy kept looking at the side of her face One hand on the wheel and one hand stroking her hair The headlights shinin’ from the other way Showed tears on the cheeks on face I prayed for Jesus to send his grace And all our souls to keep – back then I believed They thought I was asleep The night was dark and deep How I wish I was asleep

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