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Just Another Fan in the Crowd

"Annie Mae, look and see," Tammy rushes in to tell her,
"You won’t believe it--I was caller number forty-three!
Front row seats, limousine, a full-size color poster
I can’t believe it--this is really happening to me.
It’s like a dream--I finally get to hear
The country entertainer of the year!"

"Annie Mae, don’t you see? You're the one who's goin' with me.
We'll be the envy of every other girl in town.
What's with you? Why so sad? Thought my news would make you happy.
I never figured me tellin' you would get you down."
You see, there's something Tammy doesn’t know--
Annie Mae was with him back when he was just an average Joe.

CHORUS:
She used to be his inspiration--
Every song was a love note just for her.
They shared their dreams when dreams were all they had.
And now he’s finally made his move up to the big time;
He reached the moon, but he left her back behind.
She used to be his inspiration--
But now she’s just another fan in the crowd.

Long ago, far away--their love would last forever.
She stood beside him while he tried to work the music scene.
Back road bars, honky tonks--they hit the road together.
The nights were long, but they were happy just to be a team.
She'd sit in back so she could hear him play
And pour his heart out on the music stage.
He'd sing to her like no one else was there.
If people saw how much he loved her, she didn't care.

REPEAT CHORUS

BRIDGE:1
He takes the stage and from the screaming crowd it's plain to see
This country superstar is every woman's fantasy.
They shout his name together as the house lights dim.
They would give anything to be with him.2

Final song, single spot--he sings a tender ballad--
Just him and his guitar, like those days so long ago.
Suddenly, he sees her in the crowd.
He stops his song and calls her name out loud.
He pulls her up onto the music stage
He says, "I love you," and the two embrace.
He holds her close like no one else is there.
If people see how much he loves her, she doesn't care.3

"Annie Mae, you all right? You're in a trance or somethin'.
The concert's over--the limo's here to take us home.
What's with you? Tell me now. You haven't moved all evenin'.
You've got me worried; I'm scared of leavin' you alone."
A single tear rolls down on Annie's cheek;
She barely whispers as she tries to speak.
"I have to tell you something you don't know--
We were together back when he was just an average Joe."

"I used to be his inspiration--
Every song was a love note just for me.
We shared our dreams when dreams were all we had.
And now he's finally made his move up to the big time--
He reached the moon, but he left me back behind.
I used to be his inspiration--
But now I'm just another fan in the crowd."

REPEAT CHORUS
She used to be his inspiration--
But now she's just another fan in the crowd.

1999 Ross D. Martin, MD, MHA

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