Sunday, March 1, 2009

The Last Thing on my Mind

By Tom Paxton
Rise Up Singing chapter: Love, p.125
Verses: A D A AD / A AE A - ://
Chorus: E - D A / D A E - / A D A - / E - A -

This song is a heart render, I think. Look out for my favourite rhyme: underground, and the saddest line: Please don't go. I know that doesn't sound original enough to be an especially sad line, but it's all in the context, I feel. There's a contrast with the preceding line that makes it just painfully hopeless.

It's a lesson too late for the learning
Made of sand, made of sand
In the wink of an eye my soul is turning
In your hand, in your hand

Are you going away with no word of farewell
Will there be not a trace left behind
Well I could have loved you better, didn't mean to be unkind
You know that was the last thing on my mind

As we walk, all my thoughts are a-tumbling
Round and round, round and round
Underneath our feet the subway's rumbling
Underground, underground

You've got reasons a-plenty for going
This I know, this I know
For the weeds have been steadily growing
Please don't go, please don't go

As I lie in my bed in the morning
Without you, without you
Each song in my heart dies a-borning
Without you, without you

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