I'm writing a song all about you
A true song as real as my tears
But you've no need to fear it
'Cause no one will hear it
Sad songs and waltzes aren't selling this year

I'll tell all about how you cheated
I'd like for the whole world to hear
I'd like to get even
With you 'cause you're leavin'
But sad songs and waltzes aren't selling this year

It's a good thing that I'm not a star
You don't know how lucky you are
Though my record may say it
No one will play it
Sad songs and waltzes aren't selling this year (alright)

It's a good thing that I'm not a star
You don't know how lucky you are
Though my record may say it
No one will play it
Sad songs and waltzes aren't selling this year (alright)


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Sad Songs and Waltzes Lyrics as written by Willie Nelson

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    I suspect that Willie Nelson appreciates this cover a great deal. As the last song on Fashion Nugget, it really caps off the album with a nice, self-mocking tone. The spare musical style of Cake highlights the lyrics.

    ButtOfMalmseyon May 02, 2002   Link
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    ButtOfMalmsey, you're so right. They also really manage to duplicate Willie's sound. This was the first version of this song that I heard and it was also the first time I had ever heard any Willie Nelson. Later when I heard more Williw, I said to myself, "Man, this sounds like Cake!" Although that was just probably Cake doing too good of a cover.

    bad moto guzion April 21, 2003   Link
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    It's an awesome song; one of my favorites on Fashion Nugget. I didn't realize it was a cover for a long time because it is so like Cake in overall tone.

    JustJulieon October 03, 2004   Link
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    the third... THIRD cover song on this album!

    billvmc2000on September 29, 2005   Link
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    So what if it's the third cover song on the album? Cake picks great songs to cover, and they make them their own.

    Nobody but meon April 14, 2006   Link
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    i think this song is straight forward. no metaphoric reasoning what-so-ever.

    Baileyroxon June 01, 2004   Link
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    It's an awesome song; one of my favorites on Fashion Nugget. I didn't realize it was a cover for a long time because it is so like Cake in overall tone.

    JustJulieon October 03, 2004   Link
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    More praise as a final song on Fashion Nugget, definately.

    Clever Cake.

    Greyshoeson August 02, 2005   Link
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    same thing in this song, willywillywilly, only it isn't well publicized in the song, so the publication of the divorce fails.

    Mr. Baconon January 01, 2008   Link
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    My girlfriend cheated on me, its a good thing sad songs and waltzs arent selling this year, its good thing that im not a star, she doesnt know how lucky she is...

    Alec2234on May 13, 2009   Link

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