This is one of my earliest songs, but I still enjoy singing it occasionally and it exposes how I understood my romantic problems in my mid-twenties. I’m proud that Kevin Russell <www.kevinrussellmusic.com> recorded it as “Been Here Before” on his (unnumbered) 2005 album, Trouble in Mind.

  CHORUS
I’ve been here before, and I’ll be here again
I know this part --- it’s where I came in
She likes me fine, but just as a friend
I’ve been here before, and I’ll be here again

I don’t know why I pick ‘em like I do, but I do
The girls I get a hanker for are never ready too
They’re much too young to settle down, they only want to play
They’ve got some other fellow, or they live three states away

CHO

I’d hate to be a bachelor the balance of my life
I need a home, a couple of kids, and a warm and loving wife
But if things keep working out like all the times before
I’ll be alone when I can’t cut the mustard anymore

CHO

 
       
    By Mayne Smith, 1966 © Hillgreen Music <www.folkloreproductions.com/publishing.html>