Harry Chapin - Taxi



The well famed, (I feel over-rated in-comparison to some of his other songs) Taxi, In original formThe best live version I'm aware of:"I saw Harry Chapin and his band perform this song live on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. The audience gave them a thunderous, standing ovation. Carson was so impressed he invited Chapin back the next night for an encore. One of the great story-song writers." -Reddalestew-----"It was raining hard in 'Frisco,I needed one more fare to make my night.A lady up ahead waved to flag me down,She got in at the light.Oh, where you going to, my lady blue,It's a shame you ruined your gown in the rain.She just looked out the window, and said"Sixteen Parkside Lane".Something about her was familiarI could swear I'd seen her face before,But she said, "I'm sure you're mistaken"And she didn't say anything more.It took a while, but she looked in the mirror,And she glanced at the license for my name.A smile seemed to come to her slowly,It was a sad smile, just the same.And she said, "How are you Harry?"I said, "How are you Sue?Through the too many milesand the too little smilesI still remember you."It was somewhere in a fairy tale,I used to take her home in my car.We learned about love in the back of the Dodge,The lesson hadn't gone too far.You see, she was gonna be an actress,And I was gonna learn to fly.She took off to find the footlights,And I took off to find the sky.Oh, I've got something inside me,To drive a princess blind.There's a wild man, wizard,He's hiding in me, illuminating my mind.Oh, I've got something inside me,Not what my life's about,Cause I've been letting my outside tide me,Over 'till my time, runs out.Baby's so high that she's skying,Yes she's flying, afraid to fall.I'll tell you why baby's crying,Cause she's dying, aren't we all.There was not much more for us to talk about,Whatever we had once was gone.So I turned my cab into the driveway,Past the gate and the fine trimmed lawns.And she said we must get together,But I knew it'd never be arranged.And she handed me twenty dollars,For a two fifty fare, she said"Harry, keep the change."Well another man might have been angry,And another man might have been hurt,But another man never would have let her go...I stashed the bill in my shirt.And she walked away in silence,It's strange, how you never know,But we'd both gotten what we'd asked for,Such a long, long time ago.You see, she was gonna be an actressAnd I was gonna learn to fly.She took off to find the footlights,And I took off for the sky.And here, she's acting happy,Inside her handsome home.And me, I'm flying in my taxi,Taking tips, and getting stoned,I go flying so high, when I'm stoned."/Lyrics from The Harry Chapin Archive at Harrychapin.com\



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Al Locke
So haunting...never heard anything like it when it came out.
Anita Baker-Velez
Thanks for making amazing music. Rest in peace!
Ben Smith
I was lucky enough to see him play in the 70s in Scranton and yes about that 30,000 lbs of bananas too..Great man and I miss his work...God Bless You Harry the world is a little less balanced without you!
CaptainNicBlake
I'm a metalhead, but this song is so awesome! I actually heard this as a Lost Classic on WOUR in Utica, NY one afternoon, and I was shocked at how nice this song is. Harry Chapin certainly knew how to tell a story in his songs.
Carl Hagen
Lost to early
Charles Howard
and me I'm flying in my taxi, taking tips and gettin' stoned
Cindy Gray
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DIANE HOWARD
Gone too soon. Love a story song.
Dan's bicycle journey
Oh Harry, you left us with a great song, ty
David Gilbert
Great song with a story.\nBetter than the crap they play today.
Diane Guimond
Always makes me think of an old love of mine. Priceless
Donald Whittler
HIS WORDS HIS MUSIC WILL LIVE ON FOREVER.
Donna Frost
one of the greatest storytellers. I loved him, still do. I saw him in concert in Nashville years ago. he invited all in the audience to join him onstage for Taxi. I stood beside him, all of us singing...what a memory. I have an autographed book of his poems too.
DrDoom1951
One of the very few ballads that I've heard in the course of my life that brings tears to my eyes.  Can't explain it!  Maybe its because this great song touches on real, personal meaning to many of us.  Plans that were made but never realized, goals set but never achieved, and great loves that came into our lives, but were lost!  
Ed Albrecht
Louise & I went to Eisenhower Park, Long Island with a basket of cheese, wine & bread and blanket to hear Harry's concert. All of a sudden over loud speaker the announcer, Harry was killed on the LIE on the way to the concert. Thousands of people, silence. Very very sad day.
Elizabeth Polizzi
very beautiful music Harry, God blessed you with an amazing Talent! You made the world a little nicer by leaving your mark, the Legacy of beautiful timeless music.
Fred Simmons
Love this song right here.
Gary Simms
This is a song that really gets deep into your soul
Gary V
Me, I'm flying in my taxi taking tips and gettin stoned....
Gayle Sprague
If I remember correctly, and that's iffy, this song was the second most requested radio song in its day behind Stairway to Heaven!
GryllsAutumn
It gives me shivers when they greet eachother in the car.
Hunter Amato
Harry, keep the change.
Indira Rampersad
Great song....sad when your destiny takes you in a different direction from the person you love :(
J Davis
There wasn't much more for us to talk about.
J. Darr
Harry Chapin died too young. A fantastic songwriter and artist. Taken away too early through a tragedy. Jim Croce, Otis Redding, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Holly... All lost by accident. A loss to all of us.
JACQUELINE TIERNAN
I REMEMBER DURING A LATE NIGHT MARKET RUN, WHEN I WAS FIRST MARRIED AND LIVING BY THE BEACH AND THIS SONG CAME ON THE RADIO!..IT MADE ME CRY, HOW I MISSED MY FIRST BOYFRIEND AND LEFT HIM AND MARRIED AN EVIL ABUSIVE MAN INSTEAD!
Jack Morrison
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James Graham
With Harry the live was always the best! He sang and told stories, it was not about the perfection, it was that it \
Jan Hots
This has always been my favorite Harry Chapin song, even though I think more people thought Cat's in the Cradle was his best.
Janet Craft
My first Love song.
Jatika Manigault
I suspect there's a 'Taxi' in all of our pasts.
Jay Rice
The damage we do to ourselves set to music.
Jeff Silverman
And she walked away in silence, it's strange how you never know. But we'd both gotten what we asked for, such a long....long time ago. Some days I feel like every man who's ever felt that way. RIP Harry, you were truly one of a kind.
Jeffy C. Edie
a sad song, the story of a sad man. he could have offered his old friend a free ride.  instead he kept the fare and enormous tip, stashing the bill in his shirt.  he dulls his pain flying in his taxi, and getting stoned.  a great song writer, harry chapin didn't get the appreciation his writing deserved.
Jerry Alexander
This is definitely his best recording.
Jerry Finger
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Jim Finigan
This song is a great metaphor for my life.
JohnJohnerson
I like the opera overtones and solo. It's original for a song like this and it adds a beautiful, tragic element that compliments the song
Judy Kinne
+ Don White + Carl Hagan + Troy Keller +Bungeestrapphil - All your bickering would really pain Harry. He was one of the best story/ songwriters and humanitarian ; always played for the \
Julie Kay Hope
This song is a heart bender... there's something about it.. and being alone on New Year's........
Just Plain Jimmy
Harry died two weeks before I was going to see him in concert at the Holiday Star Theatre in Merrillville, Indiana. I still have the concert ticket today. Harry was an outstanding talent.
Kirk Matheson
Great memories from my teen years. My favorite from Harry Chapin.
Laceykat66
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Ldstormkill1
Wow where did the time and music go - Love you all - miss ya harry - see you one day soon!
Madison Mcevilly
I'm only 16 but I love this song words of wisdom
Man Hattan
The thought of a stoned & depressed, rogue taxi driver...worries me...
Mark C
What a classic song by Harry Chapin. Very weird, you hardly hear this song on either the radio or satellite. Two nights ago, I was pulling into my driveway and Taxi came on, I could not get out of my car until the song was over. What chills were running up and down my spine!!!!!! GR8 Tune......R.I.P.
Martin Hyizna
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Michael Caristi
This is one of those rare songs that really paints a picture in my brain. 
Mike Eagan
Four songs have made me stop my car and pull over to listen. All of them singer-songwriter songs, it seems. Fire & Rain by James Taylor, Taxi by Harry Chapin, God by John Lennon and then, years later, the cover of Hurt by Johnny Cash. Sure hope I get to hear one other pullover song before I die.
Mimi Sarvarian
CHAPIN RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nancy Wilson
A beautiful time- somewhere In a fairy tale- the 70's. Ah yes, I remember it well.....
Norfleet g
Listening to this song again is like being haunted by a melancholy, yet kindly, ghost.
Over Under Sideways Down
I've heard this song THOUSANDS of times... never once turned to a different channel. What a MASTERPIECE. Really theres NOTHING like it. Its not my favorite song, but its spec\nial in a special way. A movie, never made, plays in my head when I hear it. It's a sad movie, just the same.
Richard Butler
He was a very, very, nice man . Saddest thing the way he was killed through no fault of his own when a Tractor / Trailer semi rear ended him on the way to a performance . The guy was a Saint. He gave a lot of money away.
Robert Milton
Harry. I hope, after all these years, that you are having one hell of a wonderful journey. Thank you for your wonderful musical gifts. You were a part of my youth.
Ronnie Turner
One of the greatest songs ever. Gosh he died to soon.
SLYSPYHIWAY90
I think Harry was talking to all of us
Sabatheus
She was never really my girl. But for a while...she rode in my taxi.\n\nThe love of my life.
Sal Guglielmino
Brilliant song. So sad he left us so early. A great talent.
Sarah Dagnall
Beutiful song, I just heard it randomly on the radio on my way home one night. We I got home I looked up the song because I thought it was so beautiful.
Scott Gregory
One of the great singer/songwriters of a great era of story telling. If one was to be honest, we all have a \
Sir Francis Drake
F.M. Radio helped me find my way.
Stacy Jones
I feel so sorry for young people, they missed the best music, like harry, van, James Browm, and Carol King. Then music I missed like Wilson Pickett, Johnny Lee Hooker, Carol King, Otis Redding, and so many great artist. I love the folk artist like Buffalo Springfield, etc. I was to young for all of them, but lucky me my generation was 1970 on, like Lynard Synard, ZZ top, Led Zeppelin,Bad Company, etc. I hope young people like my son learn about all the great artist that inspired and brought about great rock and roll, and blues, and folk art. I love these songs! I love the fact that they remember what human emotion was and how important it should be.
Tee See
The greatest musical picture painter of all time. Rest in peace Harry....and thank you for your music. X
Teresa Mitchell
This song makes me sad
The Jackal
There's a wild man wizard, he's hiding inside me, illuminating my mind.
Timothy Rogers
a masterpiece 🙂
Tour Player
Super story-song ... and over 40 years ago ! ... time flies, when I'm stoned.
UandMeKid
Oh, I've got something inside me,\nNot what my life's about,
Virginia G
beautiful song--many lives turn out like this
Walter Walter
GOD REST YOUR SOUL HARRY !!! July 16, 1981. YOUR GREATNESS, KINDNESS, CARING, GIVING HEART, IS STILL A BLESSING TO US ALL !!! We had tickets too your next two night concerts at The Hampton Beach Ballroom. We still LOVE AND MISS YOU !!! YOU WERE THE BEST !!!!
William Johnson
I recently bought a Midnight Special DVD. This 2014 release has Harry Chapin performing Taxi on August 19, 1972. Since then I have been listening to his music regularly and rediscovering his immense talent. Often Harry's voice has been regarded as nondescript. I say his voice was the doorway to his soul. Fly on... Willie J.
William Sisco
I love the story and, the music
William Taylor
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baazooka86
An example to me of a perfect song.
bassmanjoe
14 dislikes??
betty busch
A taxi ride and a love of long ago - this song brings that pain and heart ache back every time but it also brings a smile.
bluebird
Discarded illusions and loss of innocence. This song meant a lot to me, as a teenager, back in the 70s, now it is even more haunting and prescient.
buzzguy72
I've been a taxi driver for 18 years, and I love this song. Beware, sometimes there is no \
chris griffin
but we'd both gotten what we asked for such a long, long time ago. Sheer human poetry. thanks harry
felix thecat
This song and \
gord h
$17.50 tip not bad in the 70s . great song
keith welsh
every body should listen to this gracious song, even the 20- 30 year old clueless generation
len margolin
I think this is Harry Chapin's very best song, perhaps the saddest song I know.  Two people going their different ways, one getting everything, one not getting anything, and both unhappy.
leo retrossi
Harry you are missed thank you for the great music rip.
louTube920
Why did he have to die so young? He was one of the best song writers ever, bar none. Just imagine what else he would have contributed if would have still been alive today.
mcguire4u1
I think a lot of people have a story like this....that is why this song was such a incredible hit....we could relate.....Harry Chapin had a gift of reminding us of the loneliness of the Human condition......love the guy 
mike hart
One of my favorites from way back when !!!
mike parbus
The epitome of Storyteller and Songwriter. Continue Resting in Peace Mr. Chapin
missmyvinny
This epic song is so nostalgic for me, spanning over several decades...most recently & importantly, that late night when we were finishing up your driving lesson Vinny, & this came on...so bittersweet, now that you are gone, my dear son, but I can't not love it for always...Just another thread that connects you to me...So thankful for music & the memories they can conjure up...
mydawgz
It was somewhere in a fairy tale
noel norman
One of the greatest songs ever
nytom4info
“Harry... keep the change “. ;)
philip tucci
very beautiful masterpiece from the great Harry Chapin, great music & memories of life
ploop goo
It was a sad smile just the same.
seahawks
Tried it, there is no going back, what you once had is lost to time.
toby blake
one time in the 80s I was driving for Yellow Checker Taxi part time. I used to love to enhance my performance by about 7pm at a cabstand where a cat sold joints from his cab. Later one night I had a couple going to the Hyatt in downtown, and I was stoned, and then this song came on; I was shocked by the synchronicity of it.
wuss81
Takin Tips.....and getting stoned...........