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May You Never ~ John Martyn

Friday, 25 May 2012

 

 

Another great choice by celebrant Georgina Pugh. One for you, GM? 

 

May you never lay your head down without a hand to hold
May you never make your bed out in the cold

Just like a great strong brother of mine, you know that I love
you true
You never talk dirty behind my back and I know that there’s
those that do
Please, won’t you please, won’t you bear it in mind
Love is a lesson to learn in our time
Please, won’t you please, won’t you bear it in mind for me

You’re just like a good close sister to me and you know that I
love you true
You hold no blade to stab me in my back and I know that there’s
those that do
Please, won’t you please, won’t you bear it in mind
Love is a lesson to learn in our time
Please, won’t you please, won’t you bear it in mind for me

May you never lose your temper if you get hit in a bar-room
fight
May you never lose your woman overnight

7 comments on “May You Never ~ John Martyn

  1. Wednesday 30th May 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Great choice Phoebe, how does JT always manage to sound so “right?” And interesting how a song that had never struck me as a grieving song now seems perfect.

  2. Phoebe Hoare

    Saturday 26th May 2012 at 10:19 pm

    My youtube links are being moderated apparently…in the meantime I suggested YOU Can Close Your Eyes, his version and his duet with Joni Mitchell.

  3. Phoebe Hoare

    Saturday 26th May 2012 at 12:01 am

    You Can Close Your Eyes could be good,
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZRYEOBHttg&feature=related
    or
    duet with James Taylor and Joni Mitchell with the same song is quite touching,
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpMfdob55W0&feature=related

  4. Friday 25th May 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Your secret’s safe with me, Charles, a good few thousand other people this week!
    Now, can anyone think of a James Taylor funeral song?

  5. Charles

    Friday 25th May 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Narcissus is me, GM. I think that moniker survives in auto fill from some practical joke or other, drat it.

  6. Narcissus

    Friday 25th May 2012 at 9:10 pm

    What a wonderful story, GM.

    James Taylorish, yes?

  7. Friday 25th May 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Mind-reader, Charles. Love it, flawless, best thing he did IMAO, and a fine exit song. As mountaineer Joe Simpson hung over the Andean abyss of his apparently inevitable death, (“Touching the Void” book also superb film, of course) this song he says was playing over and over in his mind…listening to him talk about it on Desert Island Discs, in his measured tones, was deeply moving and enlightening.

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