Habits


I quit drinking so I bought some liquor,

Set it up high on the shelf.

Now when I think, that I need a drink,

I'm reminded of days, I don't remember so well.

Some folks keep old photographs, To help them remember the past.

But I've got my habits right there on the shelf.

And they bring back more memories than Carter had pills.


I quit smoking, so I bought some cigarettes.

And I set 'em up there on the shelf.

Now when I crave for the taste of a smoke.

I'm reminded of mornings I'd cough and I'd choke.


I got married, quit fooling around.

Set all my old dreams on the shelf.

Now when I mingle and wish I were single,

I'm reminded of nights, that I slept with myself.

Some folks keep old photographs, To help them remember the past.

But I've got my habits right there on the shelf.

And they bring back more memories than Carter had pills.


But someday when I've had enough, and my new life turns out a bust.

I won't have to walk to that store down the street,

'Cause my habits ain't far out of reach. No-o

I won't have to walk to that store down the street.

'Cause they're patiently waiting for me.


© 1989 by Francis H. Peters


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