Up in Seattle I was Waiting on a friend, But no one showed, So I got on the train instead. I was your mountain mama, Your hills of Minnesota, But you had left me Outside waiting In a night that was dead. You were useless and You were idle but you Painted yourself out To be my best friend. I got lost on top of the City Looking down on the lights And the shitty little fights And all the people on the street Gawping up at the Space Needle. And we were temporary like tourists We both knew we were gonna lose it. We were just day dreaming We were taking in the sights. We had boarded that Pleasure cruise But we had got blown Out of the water. You never did do quite What you oughta... We were in it for the kicks But you seemed to think Was it was all a bum trip. I got sad, You got sick. I think we were Falling angels chasing after One more night of vertigo In forever flight Failing to make any Of it right. Down in San Francisco, I got to waiting Cause I missed you, And all the faces That I searched amongst Were not you. And I just knew that you Were going to leave me waiting as I was standing staring at the sea lions On the dock. And the California palm trees Didn't harm me. But I was hurting as I frittered ten days looking out Over the water and the waves I knew that boat had sailed Down along the bay Taking you away, maybe Baby, I should have kicked you. But we were just temporary like tourists We were day tripping We were on that scenic detour. We were climbing those big Redwood trees and We were playing rock On the radio breeze And rolled along to To the rhythm of the road. I was the Queen.... And you were the toad. You were the bread I was The butter, I was the freedom fighter, You were the bad boy nutter I was the up and away You were always Promising to do it tomorrow Until Tomorrow became Yesterday. Los Angeles moved so quickly, I waited and this Time you didn't miss me, So we got down the Road and out of the city. There was all kinds of situations Disappointments, complications And boy, you tried to ditch me. You said you were no good And I had to agree you were A low down common hood But you were the only protector I had who cared about me. We made it to San Jose, Drove by the Mystery House Along the way, We stopped for gas And candy bars but you weren't Feeling temporary like a tourist As I longed to jump out and touch The moon and stars. But you told me, honey I aint no 'here today, gone tomorrow' Don't mistake me for a tourist. We were faded out like jeans We were running along on empty There was laughter and there was screams, Joni played softly in the firelight breeze, We scrambled in the dust storms And hung out in ghost towns We were running for the smiles We were running for the miles. We were doing what we did, We were doing what we must. We were taking in the mountain passes We were smashing all the mirrors And rolling wheels in The gravel and the mud We were fishing in the lakes; We were taking us a break From all the troubles, While you were Always brewing up double The amount that we Seemed to have yesterday. We were chasing the wild turkey. We were howling with the coyote. We were snakehandling bastards: I was softer, you were a martyr. We were hanging out with legends We were friends with the heavens We were playing for the applause For the laughter and the cause Of buying a little more time Avoiding reality. I kept a ledger Of how much I owed you It was better Than arguing that I had Something more than that to offer. But you never felt the same You never took the blame For all the tears you caused To fall along the way. Salinas and Big Sur, Oregon I'd rather blur Out of my memory, Erase it from my brain. Driving up to Washington, Bridges and you were gone Again, always driving back Down to her. And now you can't say nothing Nothing permanent Nothing witty, Nothing silly Nothing broken Nothing lost. And nothing breeds more nothing After all ain't it something When all you ever loved And wanted gets so lost I guess we were Just temporary, like tourists We were melting like April snow. We were a couple of sneaker waves On the shoreline as the children played And the dusk fell softly Upon me and about you. We were in it for the short haul We were domestic only Strictly part time We were travelling By the hour and the day. We were that major league Indecision called off due to rain. We made it to the 7th inning But lost the perfect game. We were just travelling We were just having a look-see We were just passing through We never settled We were that overnight bag You were that last crumb of cake. You were that steak knife in the back. You were everything you couldn't Hack, you were mean spirited Intolerant, but never fake. I guess, baby, you were The empty bottle you threw To the bottom of the lake. In short, you were both An angel and a monster. But that is ok, we all Have our bones to Pick and break. All I have left now are the photos And the scars to remind me Of the beauty and the loss Of how it was when we were Momentarily Temporary, like a tourist.