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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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    iainGOct 11, 2008 at 10:51 am
    The first time I heard this song, it blew me away. I think the first verse sets up the song with the lyric "And the old man mowing down his lawn
    He didn't look like much too bad a guy" I believe this song is another one of Townes depression songs, with the afformentioned lyric being about him, realising things aint so bad. Im leaning toward thinking its about his time spent in the reformatory, with lyrics like "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" and his finally leaving the reformatory with the lyric "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 don't care" this lyric is one of the most moving lyrics I've heard. And in my opinion in the same league as lily, rosemary and the jack of hearts.
    Great song from a great songwriter who will be sorely missed.
    Peace, Love and music. Rest in Peace Mr Townes Van Zandt
    Iain.

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