From the recording Blue Book
Oh well it's a long story. But the song is dedicated to the New Orleans Oak Street Rock and Roll Class of 1985-89.
you were a hundred miles away from me I was crying in my old Mercury I remember a flashing neon hotel sign nighthawks circling any light they could find Oh Mercy on the tape deck can you guess my favorite song? did you love me then? yes, you loved me all along it was sweet olive and vetivert the river breeze blowing through our hair long night at the Maple Leaf you could drown in a memory Everette on a bar stool watching the dance floor while we played like fools--never knew what we were in for now my soul's just like cold coffee slipped right through your heart nobody caught me but we sang and we danced for every dollar and the years ran by like muddy water ain't it hard to get the timing right you can win and lose everything in one night all alone on the levee again while the smokestacks pass the riverbend old song on the jukebox makes you wanna take a chance do you love me now--now that I can dance? now my soul's just like cold coffee slipped right through your heart nobody caught me but we sang and we danced for every dollar and the years ran by like muddy water the years ran by like muddy water the time got lost in the muddy water