They Thought I Was Asleep chords

Paul Kelly


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We were driving back from the country one night 
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Mum and Dad up front and the rest of us snug and tight 
My kid brother grizzled for a little minute 
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‘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 
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The sound of the radio closed our eyes drifting across the seat then I fell asleep 
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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 
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Papa said something and Momma began to cry 
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No more words than just soft sobs and then my head began to throb 
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I just lay there playing dog breathing slow and deep 
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They thought I was asleep,   They thought that I was asleep 

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Well it seemed like forever til the sobbing stopped 
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Then they talked for a little just too soft to hear 
And Daddy kept looking at the side of her face 
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One hand on the wheel and one hand stroking her hair 
The headlights shinin’ from the other way 
Showed tears on the cheeks on Daddy’s face 
I prayed for Jesus to send his grace 
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And all our souls to keep – back then I believed 
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They thought I was asleep 
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The night was dark and deep 
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How I wish I was asleep