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sixteen summers fifteen falls - townes van zandt

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Uploaded on Dec 7, 2009

amazing song from his first album 'for the sake of the song' in 1968, with an Ennio Morricone spaghetti western feel




Let me tell you a story 'bout a girl I knew
fair of skin with eyes of blue
I swear to the Lord that I loved her true
it's a year now she's been gone


Her spirit was as bright as the soft sunshine
lips the color strawberry wine
I wish to God she still was mine
The chance won't come again


After first we lay in love's sweet bed
with one look at her eyes I might have read
all the pain that was flying through her head
through my guilt I could not see


I turned to her when the morning came
hungry thoughts racing through my brain
but the knife in her heart screamed herself she'd slain
and a note whispered love too soon


Her old man screamed and her mother cried
all I could do was to wonder why
a girl in her youth was forced to die
is loving such a crime


She died few in the years her breasts still small
seeing sixteens summers and fifteen falls
me in my blindness never realized all
the fear she kept inside


Let me tell you a story 'bout a girl I knew
fair of skin with eyes of blue
I swear to the Lord that I loved her true

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