Dykes of Las Vegas (Love Is Not Barter)

Words and music copyright ©1978 by Howard Ashby Kranz

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1. O the nice people live on their own side of town,

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and the preacherís been eating real fine.

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And downtown neon sparks light the night into day

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so you donít need the sun to tell time

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And thereís good times and bad times where the souls and the ladies

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are as naked as a magazine.

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And the dykes of Las Vegas wear jeans and speak softly;

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thereís nothing theyíve heard they ainít seen.


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2. O the parson says wryly that God is no gamble,

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and his salary keeps coming in.

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And the showgirls find fame is just like the casino:

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only plays cause itís certain to win.

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And they sweat for the jackpot where the dreams and the women

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are sold in the fluorescent morn.

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And the dykes of Las Vegas say, ďIf thatís all love is,

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how does anything ever get born?Ē


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3. Now I just drink pepsi, and I try to stay faithful,

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and give tenths of my money to church.

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And I know that youíre crying, and I know if I ask

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you wonít be able to say where it hurts.

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And the radioís blaring, though nobodyís listening,

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oh the damn things you canít live without!

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And the dykes of Las Vegas say love is not barter,

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and they know what theyíre talking about.