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Arthur hasn't seen Sandra for months, she had stayed in the Lake District. Sandra had kept Arthur's photo in a locket ; Arthur kept a lock of Sandra's hair in a matchbox which he keeps under a pillow. One Tuesday evening, there is a knock on the door at Arthur's bedsit. He stumbles down the stairs; it is Sandra, pushing a pram. Shortly after they split, & Sandra moved away, she had found she was expecting Arthur's baby. She stayed in the Lake District throughout, sorry to be separated, but unable to see a future for them as a couple. The child is but 3 months old & she had come to see him.


Arthur’s off out early & he’s back home late at night A/E7
There’s food stains on his sweatshirt & his trousers look a sight
No use complaining at the life he’s got to live D/E/G/A7
He’s all alone, nothing to give D/E/G7

Arthur’s got a matchbox & he clasps it right up tight
If it’s not in his pocket it’s in his pillowcase at night
Insides a photo of a girl that he once loved
Art couldn’t let go & fell apart

No dreams or thought about him going on the run B/E7/A/D
No point in thinking of the things he should have done
Cos his feet are on the ground what shall he do? C/B7

& there’s no point thinking every days the same Bflat/Eflat
No point being pulled in by a chain
A couple of beers then sleep Bflat/Am


Arthur wakes up upside down, his pillows on the floor
Last night had too much to drink,
And then he drank some more
He’d seen the girl he loved with a pram outside his door
It got too much for him, that’s all

No time to think too much
There’s a future there to come
He thinks of his old man
Just what would he have done?
Make a life with his ex-girl, that’s what he’ll do

Good old Arthur etc………

© rob dady 2007


from The Sitting Tenants - Songs for a musical (demos etc), released June 2, 2022


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