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Sometimes I don't know where
This dirty road is taking me
Sometimes I don't even know the reason why
But I guess I keep a-gamblin'
Lots of booze and lots of ramblin'
Well it's easier than just a-waitin' around to die

One time, friends, I had a ma
I even had a pa
Well he beat her with a belt once 'cause she cried
She told him to take care of me
Headed down to Tennessee
Well it's easier than just a-waitin' around to die

Well I came of age and I found a girl in a Tuscaloosa bar
She cleaned me out and hit in on the sly
I tried to hide the pain, I bought some wine and hopped a train
Well it's easier than just waitin' around to die

A friend said he knew
Where some easy money was
We robbed a man, and brother did we fly
The posse caught up with me
And drug me back to Muskogee
Two long years waitin' around to die

Well, now I'm out of prison
I got me a friend at last
Well he don't drink or steal or cheat or lie
His name's codeine
He's the nicest thing I've seen
Yah, together we're gonna wait around and die
Yah together we're gonna wait around and die

Release History

The Townes van Zandt song "Waiting Round To Die" appears on the following albums:
Absolutely Nothing
28 October 2002

Absolutely Nothing

  1. Flying Shoes (3:53)
  2. Kathleen (2:46)
  3. Waiting Round To Die (2:30)
  4. To Live's To Fly (3:34)
  5. A Song For (4:08)
  6. Snowing on Raton (4:05)
  7. The Hole (4:32)
  8. Two Girls (3:36)
  9. Marie (5:37)
  10. Lungs (2:28)
  11. No Place To Fall (3:34)
  12. Thunderbird Wine (3:12)
  13. German Mustard (3:29)
  14. Where I Lead Me (2:51)
  15. Nothin' (2:53)
  16. Heavenly Houseboat (3:10)
  17. Willie Boy (1:54)
  18. Dirty Old Town (3:41)

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John Townes Van Zandt I (March 7, 1944 – January 1, 1997), best known as Townes Van Zandt, was an American singer-songwriter. Many of his songs, including "If I Needed You" and "To Live Is to Fly", are considered standards of their genre.


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