"Only Him or Me" as written by and Townes Van Zandt....
Don't go saying I'm leaving you
Thinking I never got close enough to stay
Time runs in, and then runs out
Starts again and it's always been that way
You're gonna drown tomorrow
If you cry to many tears for yesterday
Tomorrow's half of all you've got
So treat him good, 'cause when I'm gone, he'll stay

I won't be forgetting you
You won't be forgetting me, I know
If memory comes a summer cloud
Rains her sweetness down to me below
I see you like you look right now
Maybe wonder why I had to go
But heaven is the way she is
Rain falls and rivers flow

So here's to feelin' good
Here's to feelin' bad
Here's to bein' thankful
Sorry for the pleasures that we had
And autumn days and window panes
God, forgive us if you feel deceived
The clock don't know you like I do
And it's only him or me you got to believe

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"Only Him or Me" as written by John Townes Van Zandt


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    General Comment'But heaven is the way she is/ rain falls and and rivers flow'. A song about a break up with no other reason than he's feelings aren't what they were and he has no way of ezplaining it. Nothing bitter about it, just that the magic has gone and there is no other option but to move on but he can still see the beauty in the x and that's the heartbreaking feature of the tune.
    hankchinaski7on August 14, 2010   Link
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    Song ComparisonThe moment that Townes wrote this song, he was starring at a bottle or whiskey. Considering all his songs were in the perspective of places, persons or things; Townes hardly ever wrote about himself.
    When he wrote this song in New York, he had found out that the pains in his stomach were due to its liver eating itself from years of alcohol use. This was durring a show where he passed out and went to the doctors.
    He goes around switching the narration but it's him talking to his bottle that's in front of him and the bottle responding back. Here goes a brief explanation.

    "Time runs in and then runs out, starts again and it's always been that way" the bottle tells Townes about how it's going to be okay and that he might be back.

    "I see you like you look right now and maybe wonder why I had to go"
    Townes was leaving drinking for his wife to get her back. As he looks at the bottle, he looks at it the same way he will always look at it. With love.

    "The clock don't know you like I do and it's only him or me you got to believe" the bottle now tells Townes that Time promises a long life but in reality no one understands Townes better than the bottle.

    Due to him leaving alcohol, he relapsed from going sober way too many times. His liver couldn't handle leaving that dependency so many times in a short period of time. The liver at this point was surviving because of alcohol. With a strong need, Townes liver failed and he died.
    The Rivermanon June 29, 2017   Link

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