"If I Needed You" as written by and Townes Van Zandt....
If I needed you
would you come to me,
would you come to me,
and ease my pain?
If you needed me
I would come to you
I would swim the seas
for to ease your pain

In the night forlorn
all the morning's born
and the morning shines
with the lights of love
You will miss sunrise
if you close your eyes
and that would break
my heart in two

The lady's with me now
since I showed her how
to lay her lily
hand in mine
Loop and Lil agree
she's a sight to see
and a treasure for
the poor to find


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    General Commentaccording to Townes, this song was written in his sleep. He had a dream that he was a famous Folk singer and this was his hit song. When he woke up, he wrote it all down, changing only one line that didn't really make sense.

    and BTW, loop and lil were his parakeets :)

    Amazingly Great song. It's sad how many people aren't familiar with his work.
    BlakeFOTMon May 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBeautiful song. There's not much that tops Townes Van Zandt in terms of songwriting. He's one of my favorites, and someone that I wish I would have gotten to see live and in person. I find it interesting that there are only a few posts/comments concerning Townes' songs. Guess it goes to show that the majority of people don't know a good thing, don't know what good music is, and don't understand the good life. Maybe that's the way it's supposed to be. People tend to screw stuff up anyway.
    To me, this is a great love song, about two people who have such a strong bond and feel an intense loyalty to one another that they'd make the ultimate sacrifice if necessary. Love songs are a dime a dozen, but Townes' writing is full of creativity and makes an old subject seem new and fresh. Emmylou Harris and Don Williams did a duet of this song, and it does justice to Townes' writing. Emmylou's voice adds a sweetness to this emotionally-dreanched song, and Don Williams sounds like an experienced, wise man that everyone pays attention to.
    smtownon January 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIf it's true that there's genius in simplicity, then Townes should be the posterboy for that catch-phrase. I can't imagine a more perfect or more simple way to tell someone you love them than the primary verse of the song:

    If you needed me
    I would come to you
    I would swim the seas
    for to ease your pain
    SinistrMinistron February 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah it is sad he is not recognized enough for being a great song writer
    lilu324on July 14, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with the comments above. Just want to add that Lyle Lovett does an amazing version of this song.
    lebigmacon December 21, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI think he is deeply in love with someone and would do anything for her (swim the seas) but is unsure if those feelings are reciprocated. He is unsure if she would share the same deep sense of loyalty and commitment, and this is very hurtful, painful if you will. He is afraid all of his love for her is in vain.
    robespierre28on November 27, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about rejection. He would do anything for her, but realizes that she would not do the same for him. All he has is his parakeets.
    aristotelianon July 16, 2015   Link

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