Savoire Faire
Saturday, October 5, 2002

Back to the old Fitzgerald,
Saturday night
Shine up my shoes,
And feel the old stage fright ---
The ropes and rigging,
The old stagehands,
And all the props
Of the sound effects man.
The creaking door,
The whistles and bells----
The gravel and the coconut shells.

I'm a lucky man,
Thank you, Lord.
Piano player
Give me the chord
Good evening, folks,
Glad to be here ---
But who is that face
In the mirror?

Easy come
Easy go
One more day and one more show.

I'm not a singer
It's just something I do
Thought I'd try it
For a year or two.
It was just an idea
There was no plan
I never meant to be
an old man.

Savoire faire
Savoire faire
Good to see you folks out there.

All the people
Who make a show,
Many more
Than you'd ever know.
Young producers
Making arabesques
At their office desks

Stand up straight
At the microphone
Imagine your mama
Listening at home.
Tell her a story
Not too deep
This is when she
Gets to sleep.

1 2 3 and 1 2 3

© Garrison Keillor 2002

Old Sweet Songs: A Prairie Home Companion 1974-1976

Old Sweet Songs

Lovingly selected from the earliest archives of A Prairie Home Companion, this heirloom collection represents the music from earliest years of the now legendary show: 1974–1976. With songs and tunes from jazz pianist Butch Thompson, mandolin maestro Peter Ostroushko, Dakota Dave Hull and the first house band, The Powdermilk Biscuit Band (Adam Granger, Bob Douglas and Mary DuShane).

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