Townes Van ZandtYou Are Not Needed Now

By Townes Van Zandt Well, the birds were talking all at once And the old man mowing down his lawn He didn't look like much too bad a guy And I was thinkin' Hang on, man, something's wrong Your blues seems to be gone Heaven ain't bad but you don't get nothing done. Lay down your head a while You are not needed now You are not needed now Well, Allison laid a hex on me And every time I turn around It's swimming through the air above my bed I told Miss Higgs and she said fine As long as you're back in your room on time I keep you clean and the girls will keep you fed Lay down your head with mine You are not needed now And we got things to do Between the blankets made of wool The trains roll by every half an hour And the body can get no restin' done, that's true So I do my best, as best I can Thinkin' big and making plans And wondering where them trains are rolling to Lay down your head poor boy And feel how the ground does move And hear how them drivers sing Well, goodbye friends, it's time to close Everybody knows that's the way it goes Where was it you lived in case I'm ever there Well, three doors down and two behind And it gets a little bit out of hand sometimes Don't let it fool you into thinkin you down care Lay down your head and fly I'll quietly pass you by You won't even see me go If I thought about it long enough I just might make some kind of move Watchful lies are too hard on the soul With the smoke house just across the way And it's fog upon the light of day That would be hard comin' up with where to go Lay down your head poor boy Feel how the ground does move Hear how them drivers sing What now, my darling one Go find a little fun You are not needed now
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