van zandt townes – “waiting round to die-crd”


Subject: townes songs

my name is gabe.
thankyou for your great website.
i’d simply like to relate a song of the late, great townes van zandt for
as with many townes songs, they appear on multiple recordings, and i don’t
know which ones are the originals.
all the verses are played the same. there is a half measure hesitation on Dm
between the first and second , and third and fourth phrases of each verse.
a bridge can go in there wherever y’all feel like. ( i tend to play it
before the last verse).

Key of A minor

Am Dm
Sometimes I don’t even know where this dusty road is taking me
Am E
Sometimes I don’t even know the reason why
But I figure I’ll keep on ramblin’
Lots of booze and lots of gamblin’
Am E Am
It’s easier than just waitin around to die.

Once I had a Ma, I even had a Pa
He hit her with a belt once ’cause she cried
She told him to take care of me
Headed back to Tennessee
It was easier ‘n just waitin around to die.

I came of age and I met a girl
in a Tuscaloosa bar
She cleaned me out and hid it on the sly
I tried to kill the pain
I bought some wine and hopped a train
It was easier than just waiting around to die

My friend said he knew where some easy money was
We robbed a man and brother did we fly
The police caught up with me
drug me back to muskogee
Now it’s two long years of waitng around to die.

Now I’m out of prison
I got me a friend at last
He don’t drink, or cheat, or steal, or lie
His name’s codeine
he’s the finest thing I’ve seen
and together we’re gonna wait around to die.