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Rex's blues Lyrics

Artist: Townes Van Zandt

by Townes Van Zandt

Ride the blue wind high and free
she'll lead you down through misery
leave you low, come time to go
alone and low as low can be


If I had a nickel I'd find a game
If I won a dollar I'd make it rain
If it rained an ocean I'd drink it dry
and lay me down dissatisfied


Legs to walk and thoughts to fly
eyes to laugh and lips to cry
a restless tongue to classify
all born to grow and grown to die


So tell my baby I said so long
tell my mother I did no wrong
tell my brother to watch his own
and tell my friends to mourn me none


I'm chained upon the face of time
feelin' full of foolish rhyme
there ain't no dark till something shines
I'm bound to leave this dark behind


Ride the blue wind high and free
she'll lead you down through misery
leave you low, come time to go
alone and low as low can be

Comments/Interpretations

by Rich on 1/3/2009 11:38am
5th verse:

"Ah, chained" , not "I'm chained"
by Steve on 4/13/2009 10:25pm
4th verse:
So tell my mother I did no wrong tell my baby I said so long

is the correct order, in most versions anyway

Kind regards etc,
by larry david on 4/9/2011 5:51pm
Its just satisfied not dissatisfied
by Scott Semple on 7/30/2011 12:56am
No it is dissatisfied. The line means an ocean is not enough to satisfy him even if he drank it dry.
by Loki on 11/22/2011 1:35am
Scott is right. It's "dissatisfied".
by JP on 9/23/2012 4:23pm
At Steve - In Live at The Old Quarter, Townes begins that verse So tell my baby I said so long / tell my mother I did no wrong
by duff on 8/14/2013 1:51pm
there are hundreds of cover versions of this song.. lyrics get mixed thats all..








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