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Please Don't Get on the Plane

from The Margarita Collection by Harvey Andrews

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About a dream I still sometimes have, and it still hurts. Clear Lake, Iowa - Buddy Holly wanted to get ahead because the bus was cold and his shirts needed laundering...


Please don't get on the plane
It's cold and the snow's so thick in the air
Please don't get on the plane
See, the band's on the bus, and it's just over there.
And yes, I know that you're tired
So you hired it to fly on ahead of the gang.
But please don't get on the plane,
Take your time, like the words of the song you just sang.

Maria Elena's alone in New York,
She can't sleep well tonight.
And Jerry and Joe say the Crickets'll go
Back together all right.
And a boy in the UK is growing up ok
And singing your songs
But he's only 15, he's not seen very much
And he needs you along.

Big Bopper just roared out the claim that he scored
In the dance hall last night,
But Ritchie's too shy, he won't try,
Though he says that the next gig he might.
Now the pilot's on board and he just can't afford
Not to take on the job,
And you're thinking you've come a long way
Since the days of Buddy and Bob.

You're moving on out, you're beginning to roll,
But why can't you see
There's a boy in the snow, who's saying "Don't go,
Don't go and leave me."
And now he's shouting and screaming, past forty and dreaming
Of yesterday when.
And he wakes with a start and his heart's like a hammer,
And he's fifteen again.


from The Margarita Collection, released January 1, 1996


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