Sawasdee to Sunny Soi Running

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Sawasdee to Sunny Soi Running

Well, I ran my final five miles
along the dusty sois of Siam this morning
Saying ‘Sawasdee Khrap’ to the locals
As I greeted their happy Asian smiles

With my socks and shoes and shades on
and sun cream for a running shirt
I headed out at sunrise
and ran along the dirt

Watching out for sad stray dogs
That lay sleeping on the empty streets
I caught the morning smell of vendors fryin’ chicken
And I wondered if I’d ever feel like this again

On my Monday morning run
along the streets and sois of Chonburi
Avoiding motorbike taxis
as they shuttle little children off to school

There ain’t nothin’ like an education
To make a person grow
I thought these words out loud
Believing I should know

On my final morning run 
Not wishing that I was home
‘Cause there’s something about running
Makes a body feel alone

I ran along the sunny streets
Vainly searching for a shading tree
Or the safety of a sidewalk
for me to stroll today

After 4k, I turned and headed back for home
And somewhere far away a lonesome bell was ringin’
And it echoed through the Darkside
Like the disappearing dreams of yesterday

On my final day of running
along the sunny sois of Chonburi
Not wishing I was home
‘Cause there’s something about running
Makes a body feel alone

There ain’t nothin’ short of dyin’
Half as lonesome as the sound
On the sleepin’ Siam sois and sidewalks
On the day that I’m going home

On my final day of running
along the sunny sois of Chonburi
Not wishing I was home
‘Cause there’s something about running
Makes a body feel alone

There ain’t nothin’ short of dyin’
Half as lonesome as the sound
On the sleepin’ Siam sois and sidewalks
On the day that I’m going home

 

With apologies to Kris Kristofferson

 

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