Who Sang Burning Herself? Harry Chapin

Harry Chapin Sniper and Other Love Songs cover art
publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: Harry F. Chapin
release date: 1972-10
genres: Rock Folk, World, & Country
styles: Folk Rock/Soft Rock
length: 3:30
producer: Fred Kewley
engineer: Bruce Morgan
She was crazy (she was beautiful),
I guess she had to be.
I was angry (you were blind),
Because I could not see.
I saw only what her cigarettes had done to her skin.
I should have known the outside world
Would reveal what was within.
She was burning herself,
And her hair was filled with ashes.
She was burning herself,
And her life becomes a flame.
She was burning herself,
And the flame became her passion.
She was burning herself,
And her passion,
Her passion was her pain.
She was trusting (you could have saved her too),
All hope had passed for her.
I was lusting (and she gave to you),
That's all I asked for her.
The marks upon her body
And the marks upon her mind.
I could have erased them
If I'd only taken the time.
I never saw her do it,
I only saw the scars.
I never could imagine
What would make her go that far.
I wondered,
Was she driven by desperate need to feel,
To find out she was living,
To discover life was real.
Or was it that the pain
Slicing through her like a knife
Was easier to take
Than the emptiness of life?
Had a strange sense of drama
Caught her in a role,
Or was she trying to cauterize
The chancres on her sole?
I don't know
I don't know
I don't know

12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Sunday Morning Sunshine
  • 2 Sniper
  • 3 And the Baby Never Cries
  • 4 Burning Herself
  • 5 Barefoot Boy
  • 6 Better Place to Be
  • 7 Circle
  • 8 Woman Child
  • 9 Winter Song

  • Album Information
    label: Elektra
    country(area): United States
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin