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Chris Smither

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Biography

Chris Smither (born November 11, 1944 in Miami, Florida) is an American folk/blues singer, guitarist, and songwriter. He grew up mainly in New Orleans and attended the University of the Americas in Mexico City, planning on becoming an anthropologist, but transferred to Tulane University after a year, during which time he discovered the music of Mississippi John Hurt. While in Paris for a junior year abroad, he spent his time playing guitar rather than attending classes and was kicked out of college as a result. In 1965, he left for Florida to meet Eric von Schmidt, another musical hero of his. von Schmidt encouraged Smither to move to New York City or Cambridge, Massachusetts, and so Smither moved to Cambridge and when he showed up at Club 47, found von Schmidt performing there, who invited him to play a few songs on stage. His first album, I'm a Stranger, Too was released on Poppy Records in 1970. Chris Smither has been touring since then.

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Top Songs

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  1.  
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    Take a look inside,
    I got nothin' left to hide,
    take me as I am,
    not what I wanna be.
    The why we'll never know, we passed that long ago.
    Train Home  -  23,412 plays
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    I don't know much, when I knew less, And I was heartbroke for the first time, I was drowning in my tears, I went looking for a lifeline, Trying to find some comfort, A simple tender touch, Searching for some little cure
    That would not cost too much, And I could hear that produce wagon on the street, I could hear that farmer singing, As I cried myself to sleep
    CHORUSI got ba-na-na, watermelon, peaches by the pound, Sweet corn, mirleton, mo' better than in town, I got okra, enough to choke ya, Beans of every kind, If hungry is what's eatin' you
    I'll sell you peace of mind, But this ain't what you came to hear me say, And I hate to disappoint you, But I got no love today, I got no love today, I got no love today, No love today
    I could not love to save myself
    No Love Today  -  23,143 plays
  3.  
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    They say the good die young but it ain't for certain.
    I bin good all day. I ain't hurtin'.
    Not in any way.
    I'm too old to die young.
    I shouldn't talk too loud.
    What They Say  -  16,085 plays
  4.  
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    If I were young again, I'd pay attention - To that
    little-known dimension
    A taste of endless time
    It's just like water – it runs right through our fingers
    But the flavor of it lingers - Like a rich, red wine
    Leave The Light On  -  16,529 plays
  5.  
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    Lookin' for my Lola, she's drinkin' rum and Coca Cola
    Smokes big cigars, she drives big cars around
    Folks say she's gonna reach the top
    But she says that's just her first stop
    I know she ain't a good 'un
    Lola  -  10,636 plays
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