I Am​.​.​. I Said (Trucker Bill Version)

from Two unreleased recordings ('Aria' and 'I am, I said') by Billie Ray Martin

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L.A.'s fine, the sun shines most the time
And the feeling is "lay back"
Palm trees grow and rents are low
But you know I keep thinkin' about
Making my way back

Well I was Hamburg City born and raised
But these days I'm lost between two shores
L.A.'s fine, but it ain't home
Hamburg's home, but it ain't mine no more

"I am"... I said
To no one there
And no one heard at all
Not even the chair

"I am"... I cried
"I am"... said I
And I am lost and I can't
Even say why
Leavin' me lonely still

Did you ever read about a frog
Who dreamed of bein' a queen
And then became one
Well except for the names
And a few other changes
If you talk about me
The story's the same one

But I got an emptiness deep inside
And I've tried
But it won't let me go
And I'm not a woman who likes to swear
But I never cared
For the sound of being alone

"I am"... I said
To no one there
And no one heard at all
Not even the chair
"I am"... I cried
"I am"... said I
And I am lost and I can't
Even say why
"I am"... I said
"I am"... I cried
"I am"... I said

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from Two unreleased recordings ('Aria' and 'I am, I said'), released May 1, 2014
written by Neil Diamond

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