Mary Chapin Carpenter - Opening Act Lyrics
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    Opening Act

    [Verse 1]
    You don’t have a backstage room of your own
    You just have feedback in your microphone
    ‘Cause you don’t get a soundcheck
    ‘Cause you’re not worth the time
    You’re gonna have to face it, you’re no better than slime
    You don’t know me; I’m the opening act

    [Verse 2]
    There’s a cold cut platter and beer for the crew
    Don’t get the impression that there’s any for you
    ‘Cause you’re at the bottom of the pecking order
    Even the bouncer at the door comes before you
    You don’t know me; I’m the opening act
    [Bridge 1]
    The right attitude will get me such a long way
    An optimistic view will make it ok
    When some fool in the front row yells, “YOU SUCK!”
    I’ll thank him profusely and get ready to duck

    [Verse 3]
    I don’t have a hit in the Billboard charts
    I don’t have a limousine that stretches three blocks
    Ready to take me from door to door
    Just like that asshole I’m opening for
    He doesn’t know me; I’m his opening act

    [Bridge 2]
    Now, I’m not going bald, so I don’t wear a hat
    Tight jeans don’t fit me; I’m a little too fat
    I can’t sing like a frog blowing farts through his nose
    So, I don’t expect you’ll like me, but that’s how it goes

    [Verse 4]
    Now for 37 minutes, I sang out my heart
    I was so damn nervous, I just wanted to barf
    This is my career, and I’m paying my dues
    If I ever get rich and famous, I’ll guess I’ll be an asshole too
    ‘Till then, you don’t know me; I’m the opening act

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