Cooky & Lila

He was a short-order cook
and not too much to look at
and he traded in his foot
for a medal in the war .
He loved a girl named Lila
in a bar across the highway
and you oughta see him smilin'
at her comin' through the door .

And he says "Hi , Lila !
How about a cupp-a coffee ?
Take a load off -
take your shoes off -
Here's the sugar and the cream "
And Cooky's been to war , Lord
and Lila's been to Denver
and both of them are casualties
of someone elses dream .

Lila always knew
she was no raving beauty .
She traded in her vertue
to a trucker at sixteen .
But she forgets to remember
how he left her off in Denver
when she sees her Cooky smilin'
as she opens up the screen .

And he says "Hi , Lila !
How about a cupp-a coffee ?
Take a load off -
take your shoes off -
Here's the sugar and the cream "
Cooky's been to war
and Lila's been to Denver
and both of them are casualties
of someone elses dream .

Cooky pours the truckers coffee
Lila serves the riggers whiskey
and resists their invitations
to go ridin' for a while .
'Cos an a diner across the highway
on shelf above the pastries
there's a cup reserved for Lila
and the man who makes her smile .

When he says "Hi , Lila !
How about a cupp-a coffee ?
Take a load off -
take your shoes off -
Here's the sugar and the cream "
'Cos Cooky's been to war , Lord
and Lila's been to Denver
and both of them are casualties
of someone elses dream .

Now as the nation rolls along
like a semi down the highway
passed the lonely broken bodies
and the grass along the road .
I finanlly found my reason
for believin' in the future
seeing Cooky and his Lila
drinkin' coffee all alone .

"Hi , Lila !
How about a cupp-a coffee ?
Take a load off -
take your shoes off -
Here's the sugar and the cream "
When he says "Hi , Lila !
How about a cupp-a coffee ?
Take a load off -
take your shoes off -
Here's the sugar and the cream "
'Cos Cooky's been to war , Lord
and Lila's been to Denver
and both of them are casualties
of someone elses dream .
When he says "Hi , Lila !
How about a cupp-a coffee ?
Take a load off -
take your shoes off -
Here's the sugar and the cream "
'Cos Cooky's been to war
and Lila's been to Denver
and both of them are casualties
of someone elses dream .

Words & Music by
Dave Hickey