Cowboy Junkies Lament

(Townes Van Zandt – Townes Van Zandt Music ASCAP)

Baby hit the back door
breathin’ real heavy
said the boys in the alley
wouldn’t leave her alone.
Mama did her make-up in a terrible hurry
she finally got ready
but the boys were gone.
Mama don’t you worry,
night’s approachin’
there’s a hole in heaven
where some sin slips through
just close your eyes and dream real steady
maybe just a little will spill on you.

Dark don’t lie
Dreams come true
Could be a few will see you through

Old lady Rose, lookin’ down her nose
at lonely Miss Lily hiding in the hall.
Lily’s just praying for the trial to be over
lady Rose just waiting for the axe to fall.
Show me off on the way to town
the sky’s still shiny
and the earth’s still brown.
Tell the judge I’m ready for the vases
gonna dance in their faces
when the guitar sounds.

Won’t be long
I won’t be gone
Been leaning toward the shadows all along

Those in the know say so it goes
you plan on reapin’, you better sow.
You plan on sleepin’,
you better keep movin’
sleepin’ ain’t allowed around here,
you know.

Tell me please when the rolling’s over
Me and my baby going to have some fun
Bury our backs in a bed of clover
Smile in style while the sun goes down

Snake eyes cry
Boxcars sigh
Seven’s stuck in the middle
just wonderin’ why

Dark don’t lie
Dreams come true
All it takes is one or two
Maybe just a few will see you through

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