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February 29, 2008

Drowning In A Well Of Sadness Part Fourteen: Townes Van Zandt

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I’ve decided to resurrect this Drowning series even though it was meant to be just twelve posts (+ I elected Num’s album as the thirteenth).

Townes Van Zandt was an American singer-songwriter who wrote of a legendary, but not pretty, America with Cowboys and Hobos. He was blessed with a low voice that could carry pain and disappointment along with it. On the song Marie he tells the tale of an unemployed Railyard worker who meets a woman called Marie. They spend the summer sleeping under a Bridge after his unemployment payments end. As the weather begins to get colder, Marie thinks she is pregnant.

In my heart I know its a little boy, hope he don’t end up like me

He is too broke to even buy a harp to busk but there is the hope of a little casual work. That falls through and he returns to the bridge to tell Marie the bad news. Next day,

Marie she didnt wake up this morning
She didnt even try
She just rolled over and went to heaven
My little boy safe inside
I laid them in the sun where somebody’d find them
Caught a Chesapeake on the fly
Marie will know I’m headed south
So’s to meet me by and by

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