Ribbons of love
Please keep me true sane
Until I reach home on the morrow
Never, never to wander again
I'm weak and I'm weary of sorrow
London to Dublin
Australia to Perth
I gazed at your sky
I tasted your earth
Sung out my heart
For what it was worth
Never again shall I ramble
There's nowhere left
In this world where to go
My arms, my legs they're a-trembling
Thoughts both clouded and blue as the sky
Not even worth the remembering
Now as I stumble
And reel to my bed
All that I've done
All that I've said
Means nothing to me
I'd soon as be dead
All of this world be forgotten
No words of comfort
No words of advice
Nothing to offer a stranger
Gone the love, gone the spite
It just doesn't matter no longer
My sky's getting far
The ground's getting close
My self going crazy
The way that it does
I'll lie on my pillow
And sleep if I must
Too late to wish I'd been stronger
Too late to wish I'd been stronger

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    General CommentFrom Townes' last studio album before his death, I believe. One should always be careful in assuming that a song is autobiographical, but let's just say this is a song for someone who's spent his whole life traveling, making music, failing to be successful, and who now sees the finish line up ahead much too soon. I always thought the title was a very dry joke, depending on any cover of the song of course listing the songwriter on the record sleeve. After all these years of writing songs for others, here finally is "A Song For (Townes Van Zandt)".

    There's a heartbreaking version on the "Together At The Bluebird Cafe" album.
    beer goodon July 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentJust an FYI for the above poster (beer good)...

    The song was a suicide note. As I understand it he added the chorus later...
    Ciberratton July 22, 2009   Link
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    General CommentChorus?
    penexperson December 22, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI read somewhere that Jeneane found these lyrics in the morning and talked to townes about his "song". And he told her that this actually was a suicide note.
    Fsgermon November 27, 2010   Link

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