Chordproc: Townes Van Zandt

Townes Van Zandt


  1. Buckskin Stallion Blues
  2. Colorado Girl
  3. Dead Flowers
  4. Flyin' Shoes
  5. For The Sake Of The Song
  6. Highway Kind
  7. I'll Be Here In The Morning
  8. If I Needed You
  9. Kathleen
  10. Loretta
  11. Lungs
  12. Mr Mudd And Mr Gold
  13. No Place To Fall
  14. Pancho And Lefty
  15. Quicksilver Daydreams Of Maria
  16. She Came And She Touched Me
  17. To Live Is To Fly
  18. Waitin' Round To Die

Buckskin Stallion Blues

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I heard her sing in tongues of silver
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I heard her cry on a summer storm
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I loved her, but she did not know it
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So I don't think about her anymore
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Now she's gone, and I can't believe it
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So I don't think about her anymore If three and four were seven only Where would that leave one and two If love can be and still be lonely Where does that leave me and you? Time there was, and time there will be Where does that leave me and you? If I had a buckskin stallion I'd tame him down and ride away If I had a flyin' schooner I'd sail into the light of day If I had your love forever Sail into the light of day Pretty songs and pretty places Places that I've never seen Pretty songs and pretty faces Tell me what their laughter means Some look like they'll cry forever Tell me what their laughter means If I had a buckskin stallion I'd tame him down and ride away If I had a golden galleon I'd sail into the light of day If I had your love forever Sail into the light of day



Colorado Girl

Capo II
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I'm goin' out to Denver, see if I can't find
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I'm goin' out to Denver, see if I can't find
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That lovin' Colorado girl of mine Well the promise in her smile shames the mountains tall Well the promise in her smile shames the mountains tall She can bring the sun to shinin', tell the rain to fall Been a long time Mama, since I heard you call my name Been a long time since I heard you call my name Got to see my Colorado girl again Be there tomorrow, Mama, now don't you cry Be there tomorrow, now Mama, don't you cry I got to kiss these lonesome Texas blues goodbye I'm goin' out to Denver, see if I can't find I'm goin' out to Denver, see if I can't find That lovin' Colorado girl of mine That lovin' Colorado girl of mine



Dead Flowers

Intro Picking
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Verse 1
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Well when you're sitting there in your silk upholstered chair Talkin' to some rich folk that you know Well I hope you won't see me in my ragged company Well, you know I could never be alone
Chorus
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Take me down little Susie, take me down
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I know you think you're the queen of the underground
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And you can send me dead flowers every morning
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Send me dead flowers by the mail
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Send me dead flowers to my wedding
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And I won't forget to put roses on your grave
Verse 2
Well when you're sitting back in your rose pink Cadillac Making bets on Kentucky Derby Day Ah, I'll be in my basement room with a needle and a spoon And another girl to take my pain away
Chorus
Take me down little Susie, take me down I know you think you're the queen of the underground And you can send me dead flowers every morning Send me dead flowers by the mail Send me dead flowers to my wedding And I won't forget to put roses on your grave
Final Chorus
Take me down little Susie, take me down I know you think you're the queen of the underground And you can send me dead flowers every morning Send me dead flowers by the U.S. Mail Say it with dead flowers in my wedding And I won't forget to put roses on your grave No, I won't forget to put roses on your grave



Flyin' Shoes

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Days full of rain
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Sky's comin' down again
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I get so tired
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Of these same old blues
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Same old song
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Baby, it won't be long
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'fore I be tyin' on
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My flyin' shoes
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Flyin' shoes
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Till I be tyin' on
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My flyin' shoes Spring only sighed Summer had to be satisfied Fall is a feelin' that I just can't lose. I'd like to stay Maybe watch a winter day Turn the green water To white and blue Flyin' shoes Flyin' shoes Till I be tyin' on My flyin' shoes The mountain moon Forever sets too soon Bein' alone is all the hills can do Alone and then Her silver sails again And they will follow In their flyin' shoes Flyin' shoes They will follow in their Flyin' shoes Days full of rain Skys comin' down again I get so tired Of the same old blues Same old song Baby, it won't be long Till I be tyin' on My flyin' shoes Flyin' shoes Till I be tyin' on My flyin' shoes



For The Sake Of The Song

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Why does she sing her sad songs for me? I'm not the one
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To tenderly bring her soft sympathy. I've just begun
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To see me way clear and it's plain if I stop I should fall
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I can lay down a tear for her pain, just a tear and that's all
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What does she want me to do? She says that she knows
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These moments are rare, I suppose that it's true
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Then on she goes to say I don't care, ah, she knows that I do
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Maybe she just has to sing for the sake of the song
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And who do I think that I am to decide that she's wrong? She'd like to think that I'm cruel, but she knows that's a lie for I would be No more than a tool If I allowed her to cry all over me Oh my sorrow is real, even though I can't change my plans If she could see how I feel then I know that she'd understand Oh does she actually think I'm to blame? Does she really believe That some word of mine Can relieve All her pain? Can't she see that she grieves Just because she's been blindly deceived by her shame? Maybe she just has to sing for the sake of the song And who do I think that I am to decide that she's wrong? Oh, but nothin's what it seems, maybe she'll start someday to realize If she abandons her dreams, then all the words she can say are only lies Oh, why can't she see that to gain is only to lose? All that she offers me are her chains, I got to refuse Oh but it's only to herself that she's lied she likes to pretend It's something that she should defend, with her pride And I don't intend to stand here and be the friend from whom she must hide Maybe she just has to sing for the sake of the song And who do I think that I am to decide that she's wrong?



Highway Kind

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My days they are the highway kind, they only come to leave
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The leaving I don't mind, it's the coming that I crave
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Pour the sun upon the ground, stand to throw a shadow
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Watch it grow into the night and feel the spinning sky Time among the pine trees, it felt like breath of air Usually I just walk this streets and tell myself to care Sometimes I believe me; sometimes I don't hear Sometimes the shape I'm in, won't let me go I don't know too much for true but my heart knows how to pound My legs know how to love someone; my voice knows how to sound Shame that it's not enough; shame that it is a shame Follow the circle down, where would you be? You're the only one I want and I've never heard your name Let's hope we meet someday, if we don't it's all the same I'll meet the ones between us, and be thinking about you And all the places I have seen and why you were not there



I'll Be Here In The Morning

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There's no stronger wind than the one that blows down a lonesome railroad line
G7
No prettier sight than lookin' back at a town you left behind
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But there's nothin' that's as real as the love that's in my mind.
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Close Your Eyes I'll Be Here In The Mornin'
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Close your eyes I'll be here for awhile. There's lots of things along the road I'd surely like to see I'd like to lean into the wind and tell myself I'm free But your softest whispers louder than the highway's call to me Close Your Eyes I'll Be Here In The Mornin' Close your eyes I'll be here for awhile. All the mountains and the rivers and the valleys can't compare To your bluely dancin' eyes and yellow shinin' hair I could never hit the open road and leave you lyin' there Close Your Eyes I'll Be Here In The Mornin' Close your eyes I'll be here for awhile. Aw lay your head back easy love and close your cryin' eyes I'll be layin' here beside you when the sun comes on the rise And I'll stay as long as the cuckoo wails and the lonesome Blue Jay cries. Close Your Eyes I'll Be Here In The Mornin' Close your eyes I'll be here for awhile.



If I Needed You

Capo IV
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If I needed you, would you come to me?
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Would you come to me and ease my pain?
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If you needed me, I would come to you
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I'd swim the seas for to ease your pain
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Well, in the night forlorn, oh, the morning's born
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And the morning shines with the lights of love
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And you will miss sunrise if you close your eyes
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And that would break my heart in two
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The lady's with me now since I showed her how
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To lay her lily hand in mine
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Loop and Lil agree, she's a sight to see
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A treasure for the poor to find
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If I needed you, would you come to me?
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Would you come to me and ease my pain?
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If you needed me, I would come to you
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. . . I'd swim the seas for to ease your pain



Kathleen

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It's plain to see the sun won't shine today.
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But I ain't in the mood for sunshine anyway.
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Maybe I'll go insane, I've got to stop the pain.
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Maybe I'll go down and see Kathleen. The swallow comes to tell me of her dreams. She says she'd like to know just what they mean. I feel like I could die as I watch her flyin' by. Ride the North wind down to see Kathleen. The stars hang high above the oceans roar. The moon has come to lead me to her door. There's crystal cross the sand, the waves they take my hand. Soon I'm gonna see my sweet Kathleen.



Loretta

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Well Loretta she's my barroom girl
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Wears them sevens on her sleeves
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Dances like a diamond shines
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Tells me lies I love to b'lieve
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Her age is always twenty two
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Her laughin' eyes a hazel hue
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Spends my money like water falls
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Loves me like I want her to
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Well Loretta won't you say to me Darlin' put your guitar on Have a little shot of booze Play a blue and wailin' song My guitar rings a melody My guitar sings "Loretta's fine" Long and lazy, blond and free I can have her any time Sweetest at the break a day Prettiest in the setting sun She don't cry when I can't stay 'Least not 'til she's all alone Loretta I won't be gone long Keep your dancin' slippers on Keep me on your mind a while I'll be back babe, to make you smile.



Lungs

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Wont you lend your lungs to me
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Mine are collapsing
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Plant my feet and bitterly
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Breathe up the time that's passing
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) Breath I'll give and breath I'll take
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And pray the day's not poison
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Stand among the ones that live
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In lonely indecision Fingers walk the darkness down Mind is on the midnight Gather up the gold you've found You fool it's only moonlight And if you try to take it home Your hands'll turn to butter Better leave this dream alone Try to find another Salvation sat and crossed herself And called the devil partner Wisdom burned upon a shelf Who'll kill the raging cancer? Seal the river at its mouth Take the water prisoner Fill the sky with screams and cries Bathe in fiery answer Jesus was an only son Love his only concept Strangers cry in foreign tongues And dirty up the doorstep And I for one and you for two Ain't got the time for outside Just keep your injured looks to you We'll tell the world we tried



Mr Mudd And Mr Gold

Capo II
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The wicked king of clubs awoke
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And IT was to his queen he turned
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His LIPS were laughing as he spoke
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His eyes like bullets burned
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the sun's upon a gambling day
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his queen smiled low and blissfully
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let's make some wretched fool to play
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plain it was she did agree He send his deuce down into diamond his four to hart, and his trey to spade three kings with their legions come preparations soon where made they voted club the days commander gave him an army face and number all but the outlaw jack of diamonds and the aces in the sky He give his sevens first instructions spirit me a game of stud stakes unscarred by limitation 'tween a man named Gold and man named Mud Club filled Gold with greedy vapors 'til his long, green eyes did glow Mud was left with the sighs and trembles watching his hard earned money go Flushes fell on Gold like water tens they paired and paired again but the aces only flew through heaven and the diamond jack called no man friend The diamond queen saw Muds ordeal began to think of her long lost son fell to her knees with a mother's mercy prayed to the angels every one The diamond queen, she prayed and prayed and the diamond angel filled Muds hole the wicked king of clubs himself fell in face down in front of Gold now three kings come to Clubs command but the angels from the sky did ride three kings up on the streets of Gold three fireballs on the muddy side The club queen heard her husband's call but Lord that queen of diamond's joy when the outlaw in the heavenly hall turned out to be a wandering boy Now Mud he checked and Gold bet all and Mud he raised and Gold did call and the smile just melted off his face when Mud turned over that diamond ace Now here's what this story's told if you feel like Mud you'll end up Gold if you feel like lost, you'll end up found so amigo, lay them raises down



No Place To Fall

Capo II
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If I had no place to fall
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And I needed to
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Could I count on you
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To lay me down?
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I'd never tell you no lies
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I don't believe it's wise
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You got pretty eyes
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Won't you spin me 'round
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I ain't much of a lover it's true
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I'm here then I'm gone
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And I'm forever blue
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But I'm sure wanting you Skies full of silver and gold Try to hide the sun But it can't be done Least not for long And if we help each other grow While the light of day Smiles down our way Then we can't go wrong Time, she's a fast old train She's here then she's gone And she won't come again Won't you take my hand
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If I had no place to fall
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And I needed to
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Could I count on you
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To lay me down?



Pancho And Lefty

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Livin' on the road my friend
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Is gonna keep you free and clean
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And now you wear your skin like iron
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And your breath is hard as kerosene
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You weren't your mama's only boy
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Her favorite one it seems
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She began to cry when you said goodbye
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And sank to your dreams Pancho was a bandit boy His horse was fast as polished steel He wore his gun outside his pants For all the honest world to feel Pancho met his match, you know On the deserts down in Mexico Nobody heard his dyin' word Oh but that's the way it goes
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All the Federales, they say
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They could have had him any day
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They only let him slip away
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Out of kindness I suppose Lefty he can't sing the blues All night long like he used to The dust that Pancho bit down South Ended up in Lefty's mouth The day they lay poor Pancho low Lefty split for Ohio Where he got the bread to go There ain't nobody knows All the Federales they say We could have had him any day We only let him slip away Out of kindness I suppose The poets tell how Poncho fell And Lefty's livin' in a cheap hotel The desert's quiet, Cleveland's cold And so the story ends we're told Pancho needs your prayers, it's true Save a few for Lefty too He only did what he had to do And now he's growin' old All the Federales, they say We could have had him any day They only let him go so long Out of kindness I suppose A few gray Federales, they say Could have had him any day We only let him go so long Out of kindness I suppose



Quicksilver Daydreams Of Maria

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Well a diamond fades quickly when matched to the face of Maria
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All the harps they sound empty when she lifts her lips to the sky
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The brown of her skin makes her hair seem a soft golden rainfall
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That spills from the mountains to the bottomless depths of her eyes Well, she stands all around me her hands slowly sifting the sunshine All the laughter that lingered down deep 'neath her smilin' is free Well, it spins and it twirls like a hummingbird lost in the mornin' And caresses the south wind and silently sails to the sea Ah, the sculptor stands stricken and the artist he throws away his brushes When her image comes dancin' the sun she turns sullen with shame And the birds they go silent the wind stops his sad mournful singin' When the trees of the forest start gently to whisperin' her name So as softly she wanders I'll desperately follow her footsteps And I'll chase after shadows that offer a trace of her sigh Ah, they promise eternally that she lies hidden within them But I find they've deceived me and sadly I bid them goodbye So the serpent slides slowly away with his moments of laughter And the old washer woman has finished her cleanin' and gone But the bamboo hangs heavy in the bondage of quicksilver daydreams And a lonely child longingly looks for a place to belong



She Came And She Touched Me

Capo IV
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She came and she touched me with hands made of heaven
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Reflections sent spinnin' through a face laced in mist.
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Now I stand where she left me buried deep 'neath her shadow
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And mirror pleads sadly has it all come to this?
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And I wonder, will she call my name?
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Where the wind careens madly through wide windows paneless
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Fragrances mingle in a room full of shade
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The peons pick partners and waltz 'cross the ceiling
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But the violins whisper, "have I been betrayed?"
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Tryin' not to look ashamed.
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Where the drunkards drink deeply from cups full of nothin'
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It's ghost-lover's laugh at the games that they play
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While the moments do summersaults into eternity
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Cling to their coat-tails and beg them to stay
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Sayin', " I got nothin' to hide".
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Where illusions projected on walls made of tiffany
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Mad minuets to a sad satin song
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The harlequin mandolins harmonize helplessly
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Hoping that endlessly won't last for long
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Prayin' that their god ain't died.
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Then I turn and I see her in a dress made of moonlight
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Teardrops like diamonds slide slow down her face
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And her arms they surround me like chains made of velvet
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And the demons fall faithfully into their place
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And the rivers run with jewels.
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Now the morning lies open, the night went quite quickly
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Memory harmlessly fractures and fades
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All the poets do push-ups on carpets of rubber foam
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Loudly they laugh at some joke that's been made
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And the wise men speak like fools.



To Live Is To Fly

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Verse 1
G(vii)
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Won't say I love you babe,
G(vii)
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Won't say I need you babe,
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But I'm gonna get you babe, and I will not do you wrong.
G(vii)
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Livin's mostly wasting time,
G(vii)
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And I waste my share of mine,
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But it never feels too good, so let's don't take too long.
Bridge 1
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Well you're soft as glass, and I'm a gentle man,
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And we got the sky to talk about, and the world to lie upon.
Verse 2
G(vii)
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Days up and down they come, like rain on a conga drum,
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Forget most, remember some but don't turn none away.
G(vii)
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Everything is not enough, and nothin' is too much to bear,
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Where you've been is good and gone all you keep is the gettin' there.
Chorus 1
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Well to live is to fly, all low and high,
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So shake the dust off of your wings,
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And the sleep out of your eyes.
Verse 3
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It's good-bye to all my friends, it's time to go again,
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I'll think of all the poetry, and the pickin' down the line.
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I'll miss the system here, the bottom's low and the treble's clear,
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But it don't pay to think too much on the things you leave behind.
Bridge 2
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Well I may be gone, but it won't be long,
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D
I'll be a-bringing back the melody, and the rhythm that I find.
A
G
D
A
G
D
Verse 4
G(vii)
D
G(vii)
D
We all got holes to fill, and them holes are all that's real,
D
A
G
D
And some fall on you like a storm, sometimes you dig your own.
G(vii)
D
G(vii)
D
The choice is yours to make, and time is yours to take,
D
A
G
D
Some dive into the sea, some toil upon the stone.
Final chorus
G
D
G
A
Well to live is to fly, all low and high,
D
A
So shake the dust off of your wings,
G
D
and the sleep out of you eyes.
D
A
Well shake the dust off of your wings,
G
D
A
G
D
And the tears out of your eyes...



Waitin' Round To Die

Am
Dm
Sometimes I don't know where this dirty road is taking me
Am
Em
Sometimes I don't even know the reason why
Am
Dm
But I guess I'll keep on ramblin', lots of booze and lots of gamblin'
Am
Em
Am
It's easier than just waitin' around to die Once I had a Ma, I even had a Pa He beat her with a belt once 'cause she cried She told him to take care of me, headed down to Tennessee It was easier than just waitin around to die I came of age and I met a girl in a Tuscaloosa bar She cleaned me out and hid it on the sly I tried to kill the pain, I bought some wine and hopped a train Seemed easier than just waiting around to die My friend said he knew where some easy money was We robbed a man and brother did we fly The police caught up with me, dragged me back to muskogee Now it's two long years of waitng around to die Now I'm out of prison, I got me a friend at last She don't drink or steal or cheat or lie Her name is Codiene, she's the finest thing I've seen And together we're gonna wait around to die