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a place for townes van zandt lyrics
ifihadahif Posted: Thu Mar 4 21:26:38 2004 Post | Quote in Reply  
  I would be curious how many gt'ers know who Townes Van Zandt was.
This is a thread for posting his lyrics and maybe some comments.


 
ifihadahif Posted: Thu Mar 4 21:27:02 2004 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Lungs
by Townes Van Zandt

Well, won't you lend your lungs to me?
Mine are collapsing
Plant my feet and bitterly breathe
up the time that's passing.
Breath I'll take and breath I'll give
pray the day ain't poison
stand among the ones that live
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.
If you try to take it home
your hands will turn to butter
You better leave this dream alone
try to find another.


Salvation sat and crossed herself
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 answers


Jesus was an only son
and love his only concept
strangers cry in foreign tongues
and dirty up the doorstep
and I for one, and you for two
ai'nt got the time for outside
just keep your injured looks to you
we'll tell the world we tried





 
ifihadahif Posted: Thu Mar 4 21:27:57 2004 Post | Quote in Reply  
  All Your Young Servants
by Townes Van Zandt

You live on your hill so high and so lonely
You toss out your bread crumbs to those down below
They think you're a king but believe me it's only
Because they're too blind to know


There once was a time when your money had meaning
Your diamonds had glitter but now it's all gone
It poisoned your laughter and muffled your singing
You can't even see that it's wrong


Your castle is dingy and dirty and dismal
Your carpets are faded, your walls are all grey
There's dust on your silver and cracks in your crystal
All your young servants have drifted away


So go back to your sadness, go back to your sorrow
And i'll make my bed on a hill 'neath the sky
And lay here a-listening 'till the sun comes tomorrow
Counting the tears that you cry


Your castle is dingy and dirty and dismal
Your carpets are faded, your walls are all grey
There's dust on your silver and cracks in your crystal
All your young servants have drifted away





 
ifihadahif Posted: Sun Mar 7 11:14:12 2004 Post | Quote in Reply  
  t'would appear there's not a lot of townes van zandt lovers round these here parts.


 
ifihadahif Posted: Sun Mar 7 11:14:43 2004 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Tower song
by Townes Van Zandt


So close and yet so far away
And all the things I'd hoped to say
Will have to go unsaid today
Perhaps until tomorrow
Your fears have built a wall between
Our lives and all what loving means
Will have to go unfelt it seems
And that leaves only sorrow
You built your tower strong and tall
Can't you see, it's got to fall someday


You close your eyes and speak to me
Of faith and love and destiny
As distant as eternity
From truth and understanding
The wind blows cold outside your door
It whispers words I've tried before
But you don't hear me anymore
Your pride's just too demanding
You built your tower strong and tall
Can't you see, it's got to fall someday


The end is coming soon it's plain
A warm bed just ain't worth the pain
And I will go and you'll remain
With the bitterness we've tasted
A mother's breast, a newborn child
A poet's tear and drunken smile
I can't help feelin' all the while
Their meaning won't be wasted
You built your tower strong and tall
Can't you see, it's got to fall someday





 



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