"Snowin' On Raton" as written by and Townes Van Zandt....
When the wind don't blow in Amarillo
And the moon along
The Gunnison don't rise
Shall I cast my dreams
Upon your love, babe
And lie beneath
The laughter of your eyes
It's snowin' on Raton
Come morning I'll be through
Them hills and gone
Mother thinks the road
Is long and lonely
Little brother thinks
The road is straight and fine
Little darling thinks
The road is soft and lovely
I'm thankful that old road
Is a friend of mine
Bid the years good-bye
You cannot still them
You cannot turn
The circles of the sun
You cannot count the miles
Until you feel them
And you cannot hold
A lover that has gone
Tomorrow the mountains
Will be sleeping
Silent 'neath a blanket
Green and blue
All that I shall hear
The silence they are keeping
I'll bring all their promises to you


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"Snowin' on Raton" as written by Townes Van Zandt

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    General CommentThis such a wonderful song. It´s about a truckdriver that is on his way away from home.
    McAnon September 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentCiberratt, the song you are referring to is called "Snow Don't Fall". A extraordinarily beautiful song, I'm surprised they don't have the lyrics up for it on this site. That song, in addition to "Two Girls", was written in tribute to his girlfriend who was murdered hitchhiking en route to the studio to meet him. And you are correct, he never played it live.

    This song however is written about Raton pass, which in Townes' words was "the fastest way to get from Texas to Colorado". He spent much of his young adult years up in the mountains of Colorado during the summer and they were a source of much inspiration in his songwriting. He wrote this pretty little tune later on in his life, and personally, it is one of my favorites.
    lubrecht32on December 23, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIt was written for his girlfriend who was murdered while hitchhiking and he never performed it after he recorded it.

    This is according to his authorized biography...
    Ciberratton July 22, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationIn the first verse

    "When the wind don't blow in Amarillo
    And the moon along
    The Gunnison don't rise
    Shall I cast my dreams
    Upon your love, babe
    And lie beneath
    The laughter of your eyes"

    Those things can never happen, she's dead.
    In the chorus

    "It's snowin' on Raton
    Come morning I'll be through
    Them hills and gone"

    It's tough but I'm going to make it.
    In the second verse

    "Mother thinks the road
    Is long and lonely
    Little brother thinks
    The road is straight and fine
    Little darling thinks
    The road is soft and lovely
    I'm thankful that old road
    Is a friend of mine"

    Everyone around me has their opinions but it's my life to live.

    (Chorus)
    In the third verse

    "Bid the years good-bye
    You cannot still them
    You cannot turn
    The circles of the sun
    You cannot count the miles
    Until you feel them
    And you cannot hold
    A lover that has gone"

    Sometimes that's just how life is, it is hard on you.

    (Chorus)
    It's tough but I'll make it through this one soon.

    Final verse.
    "Tomorrow the mountains
    Will be sleeping
    Silent 'neath a blanket
    Green and blue
    All that I shall hear
    The silence they are keeping
    I'll bring all their promises to you"

    Sometimes life is pretty and it reminds me of you.
    Murphyslawon October 07, 2014   Link

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