"In My Time of Need" as written by and Ryan Adams....
Will you comfort me in my time of need
Can you take away the pain of a hurtful deeds
Cause when we need it most there's no rain at all

And the dust just settles right there on the feed
Will you say to me a little rains gonna come
When the sky cant offer none to me
Cause I will come for you
When my days are through

And I'll let your smile just off and carry me
Cause when the calm comes down
I take the truck on into town
And buy whatever we cant seem to grow
I work these hands to bleed cause I got mouths to feed

And I got 15 dollars hid above the stove
Will you say to me a little rains gonna come
When the sky cant offer none to me
Cause I will come for you
When my days are through

And I'll let your smile just off and carry me
Cause it ain't like it was on back in those days
When everyone would offer up a hand
These old bones are worn
I've grown tired some

And I know my time is surely gonna come
Will you comfort me in my time of need
Can you take away the pain of hurtful deeds
Cause I will comfort you when my days are through

And I'll let your smile just off and carry me
Lord we married young and stayed where we came from
And gave those children everything we had
Will you stay with me in my time of need

Though it seems we had such little time for us
Will you say to me a little rains gonna come
When the sky cant offer none to me
Cause I will come for you
When my days are through

And I'll let your smile just off and carry me


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    Song Meaningin an interview with ryan he notes this song was written because there was this old man that slept out in front of the studio he was recording at and started to think about what it would be like to be coming to terms with growing old and thinking about your life in hindsight. for the homeless old man he could have had so much before he reached the point he is at. anyway, aside from the inspiration of this song, he put his own touches on it and intially had planned to have johnny cash use it, but it was around the time cash was in the hospital or wasnt able to come record, i cant remember, so ryan went ahead and used it. its such a nostalgic song but with a touch of content and satisfaction. the first time i heard this song i hit repeat like 50 times and put myself in the eyes of the character. It is really a moving song if you imagine yourself at that age looking back.
    COUGARvsPANTHERon December 11, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis song is gorgeous... god, the vocals... I'LL COMFORT YOU RYAN! haha... really, this song is great... i dunno, i guess i've listened to it... but just today... i heard it and it just kinda hit me. ryan adams is amazing.
    pomegranatesROCKon June 22, 2002   Link
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    General CommentHAHA! in the very beggining of this song first you hear someone whisper "alright" and then you hear ryan say "there's somethin on my foot, it's weird" HAHA! ryan has foot fungus... ewy.
    pomegranatesROCKon June 22, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song is simply beautiful. It's one of the only songs that actually makes me cry when I hear it... his voice is so haunting... and the simplicity in the music just calms me down. I love the line... "and I'll let your smile just off and carry me..." AH. I just love this song. Ryan Adams is great!
    HandsDown28on August 02, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI saw Joan Baez recently and she covered this song. I thought it was so cool that she was into Ryan too. Now, that is a tribute to him! It was done with a lot of class, but I missed the background vocals.
    cdhound1on August 17, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI used to neglect this particular song when I first started listening to the CD, but just recently it's turned into one of my favorites on "Heartbreaker."
    Sum1LsesChpstckon April 30, 2004   Link
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    General Commentwhat a beautiful song, i really like the line "and i got fifteen dollars hid above the stove". this song make me think that no matter how bad things are its going to get better
    craigscotlandon September 14, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwhat a beautiful song, i really like the line "and i got fifteen dollars hid above the stove". this song make me think that no matter how bad things are its going to get better
    craigscotlandon September 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentEven though I'm a huge fan of Ryan Adams, I'll admit I was never really taken with this song. "Don't Fail Me Now", for example, is built around a similar theme but it's written much better.

    I believe the title comes from a Gram Parsons classic: "In my hour of darkness, in my time of need, oh Lord grant me vision, oh Lord grant me speed."
    Diego8978on February 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love how before the music you can hear stuff... The "all right".

    The other songs like that, the sighs. Oh man.
    drewdropon February 20, 2006   Link

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