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THE LAST THING ON MY MIND
Tom Paxton

It's a lesson too late for the learnin'
Made of sand, made of sand
In the wink of an eye my soul is turnin'
In your hand, in your hand.

Are you goin' away with no word of farewell
Will there be not a trace left behind?
Well I should have loved you better,
Didn't mean to be unkind
You know that was the last thing on my mind.

You've got reasons a-plenty for goin'
This I know, this I know
For the weeds have been steadily growin'
Please don't go, please don't go.

Are you goin' away with no word of farewell
Will there be not a trace left behind?
I could have loved you better,
Didn't mean to be unkind
You know that was the last thing on my mind.

As I lie in my bed in the mornin'
Without you, without you
Each song in my breast dies of bornin'
Without you, without you

Are you goin' away with no word of farewell
Will there be not a trace left behind?
Well I should have loved you better,
Didn't mean to be unkind
You know that was the last thing on my mind.

Footnote:  I was reminded of this beautiful song whilst watching BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2005 on the television when Tom Paxton received a well merited Lifetime Achievement Award for Song-writing.  After receiving the award Tom Paxton performed this song as a duet with Ralph McTell.  The songs of American Tom Paxton were included in the repertoire of many Scottish folk singers during the Revival.

 

 


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