"May You Never" as written by and J. Martyn....
And may you never lay your head down
Without a hand to hold
May you never make your bed out in the cold

You’re just like a great strong brother of mine
You know that I love you true
And you never talk dirty behind my back
And I know that there’s those that do

Oh please won’t you, please won’t you
Bear it in mind
Love is a lesson to learn in our time
Now please won’t you, please won’t you
Bear it in mind for me

And may you never lay your head down
Without a hand to hold
May you never make your bed out in the cold

Well you’re just like a good close sister to me
You know that I love you true
And you hold no blade to stab me in the back
And I know that there’s some that do

Oh please won’t you, please won’t you
Bear it in mind
Love is a lesson to learn in our time
And please won’t you, please won’t you
Bear it in mind for me

May you never lay your head down
Without a hand to hold
May you never make your bed out in the cold

You’re just like a great strong brother of mine
And you know that I love you true
And you never talk dirty behind my back
And I know that there’s those that do

Oh please won’t you, please won’t you
Bear it in mind
Love is a lesson to learn in our time
And please won’t you, please won’t you
Bear it in mind for me

May you never lose your temper
If you get in a bar room fight
May you never lose your woman overnight

May you never lay your head down
Without a hand to hold
May you never make your bed out in the cold
May you never lose your temper
If you get in a bar room fight

May you never lose your woman over night
May you never lose your woman over night
May you never lose your woman over night


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"May You Never" as written by John Martyn

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  • +1
    General CommentThats it?!!?!?! one post? Fuck me man, this song is legendary
    campbcon June 07, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhy on EARTH can't you mention names?? This is an internet site, not the 10.00 news. Some people think they're being so clever by being obtuse. Great song though.
    lukeshepon September 02, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentpretty song
    Francodanon January 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcampbc you are spot on! What's worse is, even with doing live sessions with the late great John Peel, he's become an unknown to virtually everyone. Shame.
    laiyewon December 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGorgeous song. :) I'm sure it was on last week's episode of Skins actually!
    ihaveapenon March 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is allegedly about a journalist (I can't mention names) who John was great friends with. The pair apparently were in a bar one night when John struck a man who had been sleeping with John's wife and the journalist had to pull John off of the man and diffuse the situation. So the song is essentialy about good friendships and knowing where the line is in terms of keeping your cool etc. I love the song!
    Wilf_xon April 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentEveryone who praises the song is dead right. And if you're as lucky as me, who it was for also matters. It was for a Greek waiter in a restaurant above the legendary Les Cousins folk club in Soho, and I saw John dedicate it and sing it to him in the club. Absolute magic.
    almon January 29, 2009   Link
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    General CommentRIP John. The last comment was on the day of his death. Wow.
    But. What can I say? A beautiful song. A song about loyalty and love. Prawn was spot on.
    Just gorgeous.
    AMDS789on September 13, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt clearly matters not a shite what the song was originally about. It is a beautiful song that speaks to me of loyalty, love and passionate spirit. It has been a special song for me for many years and I have my own personal and magical moments born of this piece of art.
    Prawnon January 16, 2009   Link

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