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Posted By: Mick Pearce (MCP)
16-May-07 - 04:43 AM
Thread Name: Lyr: Sometimes When I Get To Thinkin (Sainte-Marie
Subject: Lyr Add: SOMETIMES WHEN I GET TO THINKIN'
Here's the version she sang on Little Wheel Spin And Spin. Mostly it's the same as Joe's version, but with one extra verse and a few changes. (Most of Joe's queried transciption seems to be correct). (I made the transcription back in the late 60s/early 70s I think, but I've just listened to the record again and it seems OK. sprout is the only word that doesn't seem clear, but I think that's what it is).

Mick



SOMETIMES WHEN I GET TO THINKIN'
(Buffy Sainte-Marie)

Sometimes I recall what others have said:-
Love is for lovers in love and full grown,
Life's for the living and death's for the dead,
And the depth of a heart is a fathom unknown.

Sometimes when I get to thinking about you,
And all the things that we've never said
To each other, it seems such a shame to go blue
When there's so many years to lie silent and dead.

I know, you know, all about life.
You know, I know, nothing at all.
Still why should I know daily strife
When the touch of your hand makes me glad I'm so small.

Time brings us trouble as days come and go.
I know, you know I'll understand.
Could you, would you suffer a woe,
When a blink of your eye and I'm at your command.

Think of the years before we were a pair,
Years lived apart we spent learning to farm.
Sowing, growing and learning to care
For ourselves, and preparing for each other's arms.

Love is a flower, blooms when we're too young;
Pluck it, it's gone, tended it grows.
We've been tending since the first sprout was sprung -
To the most patient farmer, the best harvest goes.

Sometimes I recall what others have said:-
Love is for lovers in love and full grown,
Life's for the living and death's for the dead,
And the depth of a heart is a fathom unknown.


Source: Buffy Sainte-Marie LP Little Wheel Spin And Spin (Vanguard 1966)

The notes (by Nat Hentoff) say: "Songs of love as fullfillment are not nearly so easy to come by as songs of love as loss.
Sometimes, When I Get To Thinkin' is of the first state and succeeds flowingly in distilling that best of all feelings - the
pleasures and surprises of intimacy still to come."