In these days of changing ways
so called liberated days
a story comes to mind of a friend of mine

Tabi girl was gay I guess
nothin' more or nothin' less
the kindest gal I ever knew

Her mother's tears fell in vain
the afternoon Tabi tried to explain
that she needed love like all the rest

Pa said there must be a mistake
how can my girl not be straight
after all I've said and done for her

Leavin' home on a Greyhound bus
cast out by the ones she loves
A victim of these gay days it seems

Tabi went to New York town
where she quickly settled down
and soon became the toast of the great white way

Accepted by Manhattan's elite
in all the places that were chic
No party was complete without Tabi

Along the boulevards she'd cruise
and all the old queens blew a fuse
Everybody loved Tabi girl

The last time I saw Tabi alive
was in the summer of seventy-five
she said she was in love I said I'm pleased

Tabi attended the opening night
of another Broadway hype
but split before the final curtain fell

Deciding to take a short cut home
arm in arm they meant no wrong
A gentle breeze blew down Fifth Avenue

Out of a darkened side street came
a New Jersey gang with just one aim
to roll some innocent passer-by

There ensued a fearful fight
screams rang out in the night
Tabi's head hit a sidewalk cornerstone

A leather kid, a switchblade knife
he did not intend to take her life
He just pushed his luck a little too far that night

The sight of blood dispersed the gang
A crowd gathered, the police came
An ambulance screamed to a halt on Fifty-third and Third

Tabi's life ended there
but I ask who really cares
Tabi once said to me and I quote

She said "Never wait or hesitate
Get in kid, before it's too late
You may never get another chance

'Cos youth a mask but it don't last
live it long and live it fast"
Tabi was a friend of mine

Oh Tabi stay, don't go away
Tabi please stay you take our breath away
Oh Tabi stay, don't go away

Tabi please stay you take our breath away
Oh Tabi stay, don't go away
Tabi, Tabi please stay you take our breath away

Oh Tabi stay, don't go away
Oh Tabi please stay,

You take our breath away