"Tower Song" as written by and 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 fear has built a wall between
Our lives and all what lovin' 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 some day

You close your eyes and speak to me
Of faith and love and destiny
As distant as eternity,
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

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 tasted
A mother's breast, a newborn child
A poet's tear, and drunken smile
Can't help thinkin' all the while
Their meaning won't be wasted


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"Tower Song" as written by Townes John Van Zandt

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    General CommentThis song is obviously about shutting people out and protecting yourself, not giving away any weaknesses, but losing out in the end because of it. Somehow I think this is Townes talking to himself.
    vortyon October 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm currently obsessed with this song. Particularly the line "close your eyes and speak to me" . The song speaks of egoisim, close-mindedness (close your eyes and speak to me, which is kind of a mockery of someone). The tower of an ego will fail as the song states, for protetection towers only last for a certain amount of time, you cannot shut out others forever, something has to crack.
    bjorton April 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song (the A far cry from dead-version) is my most favourite song ever. And the saddest one to the day!
    Too beautiful to talk about it too much.---
    Talibuon March 16, 2009   Link
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    General CommentHe wrote this in an attempt to patch up his failing first marriage.
    Ciberratton July 22, 2009   Link

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