Instead of building picture frames,
I took all the poems I had saved,
Read them aloud and played some chords
And the rest of it came down from the lord.
I've been saving up for you
All the bright ideas that I once knew.
And I answer before the clue,
Thinking I'm on to something new.
I follow them and they follow me
And we follow each other to the sea.
Over the rocks and under the sun
Right down the river as it runs.
I've been singing in my songs
Bout' the tricks and trades that made me wrong.
And it surely won't be long
Before I'm tricked and traded on.
I was out watching people,
Watching those people watching me.
Thinking I must be thinkin,
That they must not be thinking bout' me.
Even the vultures said,
"That boy, he ain't worth eatin,"
Even the boxing bear
Can keep his paws from bleeding now.
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