"Ain't Leavin' Your Love" as written by and T. Van Zandt....
Mister Gator he's a-glidin' down the bayou
Mister Buzzard he's a-slidin' through the air
Mister Turtle be a-hittin' the highway

I ain't goin' nowhere
I ain't leavin you love, babe
I ain't leavin you love, babe
Not for heaven above, babe
I ain't leavin you love, babe
The rich man's got him an airplane

Tried to cruise across the traffic jam
The poor man's got him a Chevrolet
But I'm stayin' right where I am
I ain't leavin you love, babe
I ain't leavin you love, babe
Not for heaven above, babe
I ain't leavin you love, babe

Now Hannibal he climbed the mountains
Cleopatra danced down the Nile
Lucky Lindy made it all the way to gay Paris
I'm stayin right here awhile
I ain't leavin you love, babe
I ain't leavin you love, babe
Not for heaven above, babe
I ain't leavin you love, babe

Mister Gator he's a-glidin' down the bayou
Mister Buzzard he's a-slidin' through the air
Mister Turtle be a-hittin' the highway
I ain't goin' nowhere

I ain't leavin you love, babe
I ain't leavin you love, babe
Not for heaven above, babe
I ain't leavin you love, babe
I ain't leavin you love, babe
I ain't leavin you love, babe
Not for heaven above, babe
I ain't leavin you love, babe
I ain't leavin you love


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    My InterpretationGen'l blues. Can be played slow and lazy, or rockin' like Townes Van Zandt. Either way is fine with me.

    Simple put this is a tune about true love. When true love is recognized, there is no reason to move on. Too often romeos get in the habit of honeymoonin' them sweethearts and then movin' on. There ultimately comes the realization, a few towns too far down the highway, that back there in that little one-horse town, let's say Two Dot Montana, that girl, she made the world into magic and made my heart full sing. Now, too late, the pointlessness of it comes home.

    Simply put, the song is contrasting the ramblin' music and the flyin', glidin' cruisin' and hoofin' AGAINST the steadiness of true love. Further playful irony is inculcated by switching the adjectives around and other deliberate substitutions ... all fun and set against the steadiness of the heart.
    AgTipon November 25, 2012   Link

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