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FOR THE SAKE OF THE SONG (Townes Van Zandt) Townes Van Zandt - 1968 Oh, why does she sing her sad songs for me, I'm not the one To tenderly bring her soft sympathy, I've just begun To see my way clear and it's plain if I stop I will fall I can lay down a tear for her pain, just a tear and that's all Oh, what does she want me to do She says that she knows that moments are rare, I suppose that it's true Then on she goes to say I don't care or she knows that I do Maybe she just has to sing for the sake of the song And who do I think that I am to decide that she's wrong She'd like to think I was cruel, but she knows that's a lie, for I would be No more than a tool if I allowed her to cry all over me All my sorrow is real even though I can't change my plans If she could see how I feel, then I know that she'd understand Oh, does she actually think I'm to blame Does she really believe that some word of mine could relieve all her pain Can't she see that she grieves just because she's been blindly deceived by her shame Oh, maybe she just has to sing for the sake of the song And who do I think that I am to decide that she's wrong Oh, but nothin's what it seems, maybe she'll start someday to realize If she abandons her dreams, then all the words she can say are only lies Oh, why can't she see that to gain is only to lose All that she offers me are her chains and I got to refuse Oh, but it's only to herself that she's lied She likes to pretend there's somethin' that she should defend with her pride And I don't intend to stand here and be the friend from whom she must hide Oh, maybe she just has to sing for the sake of the song And who do I think that I am to decide that she's wrong (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - November 2013)

    


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