1. Benny was a funny man. The kind that people talk about
during the commercials on the Sunday Early Show.
And he walked the streets of Casper with the other true believers.
And he lived on the other side of all we'll ever know.
CHORUS: And he said, it's your life -
once you begin it, you got places to go.
But the wound can't heal with the knife still in it -
pull it out and let the river flow.
2. And, they say he was a dreamer, a drunkard and a drifter -
He had a sister somewhere on the other side of town.
But, he spent his afternoons with some invisible companion -
he hadn't been the same since he came back from Viet Nam.
3. And, when the snow lay silent, like a ring around the universe -
with spring held captive in a land beyond the farthest sun.
Then Benny'd wear his sandals, his Hawaiian shirt with red hibiscus -
he'd ask us for a dollar .. to help him get back home.
4. Now, someone said they saw him at a skating rink in Jackson.
Someone said they heard he died. I guess we'll never know.
But sometimes in December .. I can see him by the maple -
though I know it's just the cardinal .. like hibiscus in the snow.