Lyrics
Well, you met her there on a New York City stair
You were throwing up on your shoes
Tryin' to write the great book well it really had you shook
With a bad case of wintertime blues

So you drank her down to the ragged side of town
Shared a taxi to carry her home
Then she left her handkerchief there beside you on the seat
As if to emphasize that you were all alone

Smelled like springtime when you were just a boy
And all the lilacs in Ohio
All the lilacs in Ohio, there ya go
In the city streets in the dirty winter snow

All the lilacs in Ohio-hio
Well, she is the love story you speak of
When you talk to Sam at the bar
But it's in the details your story often fails
Yeah, close, but no cigar

You might see your own ass in a double whiskey glass
But you cannot erase her smile
And you'll never write it down, never find her in this town
Of phantom dreams and fingernail files

It was springtime and you were just a boy
And all the lilacs in Ohio
All the lilacs in Ohio, there ya go

In city streets in the dirty winter snow
All the lilacs in Ohio-hio

So you pin her handkerchief to clean white linen sheets
And you unmake your bed and crawl in
You imagine her there and you're tangled in her hair
And she smells like flowers again
And it's springtime and you are just a boy
And all the lilacs in Ohio

All the lilacs in Ohio, there ya go
In the city streets and the dirty winter snow
All the lilacs in Ohio-hio

Copyright: Universal Music Publishing Group, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Writer(s): John Hiatt




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John Hiatt with The Jerry Douglas Band - "All The Lilacs In Ohio" [Official Video]
John Hiatt with The Jerry Douglas Band - "All The Lilacs In Ohio" [Official Audio]
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