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New Christy Minstrels - Toledo lyrics

These original lyrics are written by Randy Sparks, the lead singer of New Christy Mintrels, but he had never recorded it. This song was only sung by John Denver.

Saturday night in Toledo Ohio
Is like being nowhere at all
All through the day, how the hours rush by
You sit in the park, and you watch the grass die

Oh, but after the sunset, the dusk and the twilight
When shadows of night start to fall
They roll back the sidewalks precisely at ten
And the people who live there are not seen again

Just two lonely truckers from Great Falls, Montana
And a salesman from places unknown ('ces unknown)
All huddle together in downtown Toledo
To spend their big night all alone

You ask how I know of Toledo, Ohio
Well, I spent a week there one day
They've got entertainment to dazzle your eyes
Go visit the bakery and watch the buns rise

So you bring the flowers, I'll give the eulogy
We'll, once and for all, do it right (do it right)
We'll all shed a tear for Toledo, Ohio
It dies every Saturday Night

There once was a ship that went down on Lake Erie
Not far from Toledo one day
I met one poor sailor who'd floated to town
He told me quite frankly he'd rather have drowned

Compared to the splendor of lovely Toledo
Great standards of beauty grow pale ('ty grow pale)
The voice of Caruso emerges a grunt
Elizabeth Taylor become Allen Funt

Oh, but let's not forget that the folks of Toledo
Unselfishly gave us the scale
"No springs, honest weight", that's the promise they made
So smile and be thankful next time you get weighed

And live and let live, let that be our motto
Let's let the sleeping dogs lie ('ping dogs lie)
And here's to the dogs of Toledo, Ohio
Ladies, we bid you goodbye