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At My Window  Townes Van Zandt



[D]At my window
watching the s[G]un go
hoping the s[A]tars know
[G]it's time to [D]shine
aloft on [G]dark wings
soft as the [A]sun streams
[G]at days decl[D]ine
[A]Living is laughing
[G]dying says nothing at [D]all
[A]baby and I are laying here
[G]watching the evening f[D]all
Time flows
through brave beginnings
and she leaves her endings
beneath our feet
walk lightly
upon their faces
leave gentle traces
upon their sleep

Living is dancing
dying does nothing at all
baby and I are laying here
wathing the evening fall

Three dimes
hard luck and good times
fast lines and low rhymes
ain't much to say
Feel fine
feel low and lazy
feel grey and hazy
feel far away

Living is sighing
dying ain't flying so high
baby and I are lying here
watching the day go by


Method II - Submitted by Detlef Philipp

capo on fret II

At my wi[C]ndow [F]- watchin' the s[C]un go
[G]Hoping the st[C]ars k[F]now - it's time to s[C]hine
The d[C]ay dreams [F]- aloft on d[C]ark wings
[G]Soft as the s[C]un streams [F]- at days declin[C]e
[G]Living is laughing [F]- Dying says nothing at a[C]ll
[G]Babe and I are laying here [F]- watching the evening f[C]all

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doctony (report)

In the D major version, and I'm getting this from TVZ's own recording of the song as appears on the movie soundtrack CD, "Townes Van Zandt: Be Here To Love Me", the opening uses a -7- chord progression rather than the -5- chord progression as shown.

The chords are D/G/D/A/D/G/D. It begins in D, moves to G on the word 'watching', to D on the word 'sun', to A on the word 'hoping' to D on the word 'stars' to G on the word 'it's' and to D on the word 'shine' -- so too, if you want to play along with TVZ [** cut #2 on the CD] , he does the song with the capo on the 2nd fret. The chorus part is AGD -- AGD.

Finally, TVZ himself would often use 'varying' lyrics of his own songs depending on, how to put it, his 'condition' [!] the time and in this song from the CD he uses "Babe [versus 'baby'] and I [the word 'are' is dropped] lyin' here" or "And leaves [dropping the word 'she' before the word 'leaves'] her endings" or he uses, "Bad rhymes and fine lines". All the song word 'g' endings are dropped as he sings "watchin'" [for 'watching'] and "livin'", "laughin'", "lyin'", "dancin'" and in one case, near the end, he sings "Babe and I wonderin' " and instead of "Living is sighing", TVZ sings, "Livin' ain't lyin' ." As I say, the wordage used by TVZ often depended on TVZ's 'condition' at the time he sang the song, either 'live' ... or in the studio.

In other words, I am 'not' faulting the original poster's rendition of the lyrics but the song wordage often did vary with TVZ's situation and condition at the time. It's no secret to TVZ fans [and I'm one of them, having played his many songs for some years now] that TVZ would all too often perform [** live or in the studio] under the influence of either alcohol or drugs ... or both. Hence, the wordage could and in fact would vary as he originally wrote the song.

Doc Tony