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I’d like to talk about a song by an exceptional country artist. This song’s lyrics are incredibly powerful. They are like a hot knife jabbing into your heart, but you love it. They make you shake your head and go “damn”, and you understand them. On a gut level.

I’m talking about Waiting Around To Die, by the amazing Townes Van Zandt. This song appeared originally on his self titled album from 1969 and can be found on numerous anthologies and live albums ever since.

I’ll share the lyrics here for you. I hope you enjoy and perhaps discover for yourself the awesomeness of this man, if you aren’t already aware.

Sometimes I don’t know where this dirty road is taking me
Sometimes I can’t even see the reason why
I guess I keep on gamblin’, lots of booze and lots of ramblin’
It’s easier than just a-waitin’ ’round to die

One-time friends I had a ma, I even had a pa
He beat her with a belt once cause she cried
She told him to take care of me, she headed down to Tennessee
It’s easier than just a-waitin’ ’round to die

I came of age and found a girl in a Tuscaloosa bar
She cleaned me out and hit it on the sly
I tried to kill the pain, I bought some wine and hopped a train
Seemed easier than just a-waitin’ ’round 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, drug me back to Muskogee
It’s two long years, just a-waitin’ ’round to die

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