The Girlfriend-In-Minnesota Blues

This is, of course, autobiographical. You’ll have to imagine the music.

Woke up this mornin’
made myself some toast
Lurked in the hallway
waitin’ for the post
I hope my girl’s been gettin’
all the letters that I wrote her
’cause I’m stuck here in England
and she’s in Minnesota

[chorus]

Got the girlfriend in Minnesota blues
I gotta get some transatlantic news
You don’t want to be in my shoes
I got the girlfriend in Minnesota blues

Walked to the bus stop
to get myself a bus
Get my idle butt to work
stop makin’ such a fuss
I don’t want you to think that I’m
indelicate or crass
But I can’t stop imagining
the curves of her face

[chorus]

Got the girlfriend in Minnesota blues
I dream about her every time I snooze
I don’t have any air miles left to lose
I got the girlfriend in Minnesota blues

I make it through to lunchtime
Stop and take a break
Think about my girlfriend
What a couple we could make
We’re gonna get together
and I’m gonna try to please her
But I might die of frustration
while I’m waitin’ for the visa

[chorus]

Got the girlfriend in Minnesota blues
Not the kind of contraception I would choose
I think I’m goin’ blind from self-abuse
I got the girlfriend in Minnesota blues

Sittin’ in the living room
waitin’ all alone
Stayin’ up ’til 1AM
just so I can phone
I can sit and watch TV all night
or walk around the yard
But when I wake up in the morning
it can be kinda hard

[chorus]

Got the girlfriend in Minnesota blues
My VCR’s worn out from over-use
I’m thinkin’ maybe I should hit the booze
I got the girlfriend in Minnesota blues

1996