November Song

Posted: February 14, 2008 by Will Shetterly in art
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I learned this song by listening to Mark Henley perform it at Charlotte’s Web in Rockford, Illinois a very long time ago; infelicities in lyrics or music should consequently be considered a failing of my memory, not the songwriter’s skill.

As far as I know, the Flash Girls’ recording of “November Song” is the only one. I mentioned to Henley years ago that I loved the song and performed it often. He looked sheepish and admitted he couldn’t remember it. But then, he wrote a lot of songs.


Angels and mortals fight for the right
To have a little pleasure, and enjoy an easy flight
Angels and mortals sometimes get their way

I’m in no hurry, baby, no hurry now
Tell all the fellows what you think of your new girl now
No hurry, baby, I’m just out to be alive
Sitting down in the back seat, waiting for someone to come and

Drive me around your town, see the sights and
Drive me around your town, the city lights and
Drive me around your town
But there’s rain on the windshield and a fog off the

Angels and mortals drive around in cars
Angels and mortals, life among the stars
Angels and mortals sometimes have to pay

I’ve been celebrating lately, celebrating high
Now I own a piece of me, about as much as I can buy
No hurry, baby, I’ll tell you the reason why
I’ve been saturated lately by the trickle of a happy stream and

I want to feel you some more, baby
I want to feel you some more
But there’s a shadow on your mirror and a lock on your

I drew a picture on the window as we rode
Then I wiped it dry to see the other side
I see no more than you do
Believe me, I’ve tried

To find what is missing, to find what is wrong
To write the words to my happy-ending November song

I need to feel you some more, people
I need to feel you some more
But there’s a face at your window
And a knock on your door.

© 1995 Mark Henley

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