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Lyrics by: Nanci Griffith
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3 Apr '86 Country

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Rita was sixteen years, hazel eyes and chestnut hair She really made the Woolworth counter shine Eddie was a sweet romancer, and a darn good dancer They'd waltz the aisles of the five and dime Eddie played the steel guitar, and his mama cried cuz he played in the bars And kept young Rita out late at night So they married up in Abilene, lost a child in Tennessee Still that love survived, 'cause they'd sing Dance a little closer to me, dance a little closer now Dance a little closer tonight Dance a little closer to me, 'cause it's closing time And love's on sale tonight at this five and dime


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One of the boys in Eddie's band took a shine to Rita's hands So Eddie ran off with the bass man's wife Oh but he was back by June, singin' a different tune And sportin' miss Rita back by is side. And he sang... Dance a little closer to me, dance a little closer now Dance a little closer tonight Dance a little closer to me, 'cause it's closing time And love's on sale tonight at this five and dime Eddie traveled with the barroom bands till arthritis took his hands Now he sells insurance on the side Rita's got a house to keep, dimestore novels and a love so sweet They dance to the radio late at night. And they sing: Dance a little closer to me, dance a little closer now Dance a little closer tonight Dance a little closer to me, hey it's closing time And love's on sale tonight at this five and dime Rita was sixteen years, hazel eyes and chestnut hair She really made the Woolworth counter shine Eddie was a sweet romancer, and a darn good dancer And they'd waltz the aisles of the five and dime...

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