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Judy Collins

Suzanne (Live)

Suzanne takes you down
To her place near the river
You can hear the boats go by
You can spend the night beside her
And you know she's half crazy
But that's why you wanna be there
And she feeds you tea and oranges
That come all the way from China
And just when you mean to tell her
That you have no love to give her
Then she gets you on her wavelength
And she lets the river answer
That you've always been her lover
 
And you want to travel with her
And you want to travel blind
And you know she will trust you
For you've touched her perfect body
With your mind
 
And Jesus was a sailor
When he walked upon the water
He spent a long time watching
From a lonely wooden tower
And when he knew for certain
Only drowning men could see him
He said 'All men shall be sailors then
Till the sea shall free them'
But he himself was broken
Long before the sky would open
Forsaken, almost human
He sank beneath your wisdom
Like a stone
 
And you want to travel with him
You want to travel blind
And you think maybe you'll trust him
For he's touched your perfect body
With his mind
 
Now Suzanne takes your hand
She leads you to the river
She is wearing rags and feathers
From Salvation Army counters
And the sun pours down like honey
On our lady of the harbor
And she shows you where to look
Amid the garbage and the flowers
There are heroes in the seaweed
There are children in the morning
They are leaning out for love
And they will lean that way forever
While Suzanne holds the mirror
 
And you want to travel with her
You want to travel blind
And you know she will find you
For she's touched your perfect body
With her mind
 

Che

One morning in Bolivia
The leader of the partisans and two of his companions
Were forced to flee the mountains for their lives
Through green and dusty villages they sped along the little roads
The peasants smiled and shouted as they hurried by
Jesus called out to every one 'Don't think that we are leaving,
They only tried to frighten us with guns, we shall return,'
Continue with your work, continue with your talk
You have it in your hand to own your life to own your land
The people smiled and shouted and they ran along a little while
The stood and watched, their hands were restless and empty
The body of Jesus was in the jeep that they blew up
Before it reach the plane
 
The priest was proud to bless him for what there was
of him remaining in the afternoon
 
Continue with your work, continue with your talk
You have it in your hands to own your life to own your land
There is no one who can show you the road you should be on
They only tell you they can show you and then tomorrow they are gone
 
The smell of oil and incense fill the room in this adobe hut
Where on the table lies the body of a man
His face is pale and young, his beard is dark and curled
Pennies hold his eyelids from the evening light
People from the village those who knew him, those who killed him
Stand inside the door, their hands are restless and empty
They watch the priest make silent crosses in the air
And pray to God inside their hearts for their own souls
 
Continue with your work, continue with your talk
You have it in your hands to own your life to own your land
There is no one who can show you the road you should be on
They only tell you they can show you and then tomorrow they are gone
 

Farewell to Tarwathie

Farewell to Tarwathie, adieu Mormond Hill
And the dear land of Crimond, I bid you farewell
I'm bound out for Greenland and ready to sail
In hopes to find riches in hunting the whale
 
Farewell to my comrades, for a while we must part
And likewise the dear lass who first won my heart
The cold coast of Greenland my love will not chill
And the longer my absence, more loving she'll feel
 
Our ship is well rigged and she's ready to sail
The crew they are anxious to follow the whale
Where the icebergs do fall and the stormy winds blow
Where the land and the ocean is covered with snow
 
The cold coast of Greenland is barren and bare
No seed-time nor harvest is ever known there
And the birds here sing sweetly in mountain and dale
But there's no bird in Greenland to sing to the whale
 
There is no habitation for a man to live there
And the king of that country is the fierce Greenland bear
And there'll be no temptation to tarry long there
With our ship bumper full we will homeward repair
 
Farewell to Tarwathie, adieu Mormond Hill
And the dear land of Crimond, I bid you farewell
I'm bound out for Greenland and ready to sail
In hopes to find riches in hunting the whale
 

First Boy I Loved

First boy I loved
Time has come I will sing you
This sad goodbye song
When I was seventeen, I used to know you
 
Well, I haven't seen you many's the short year
The last time I seen you
You said you'd joined the Church of Jesus
Well me, I remember your long red hair
Falling in our faces as you kissed me
 
And I want you to know, I just had to go
And I want you to know, we just had to grow
 
And you're probably married now
House and car and all
And you turned into a grown-up male stranger
And if I was lying with you now
I'd just have to fall
 
We parted so hard
Me, rushing 'round Britain with a guitar
Making love to people
That I didn't even like to see
 
Well, I would think of you
Yes, I mean in the sick, sad morning
And in the lonely midnight
Try to hold your face before me
 
And I want you to know, I just had to go
And I want you to know, we just had to grow
 
And you're probably married now
Kids and all
And you turned into a grown-up male stranger
And if I was lying with you now
I wouldn't be here at all
 
I never slept with you
Though we must have made love a thousand times
For we were just young
Didn't have no place to go
 
Yet in the wide hills
By many's a long water
You have gathered flowers
And did they not smell for me?
 
And I want you to know, we just had to grow
And I want you to know, I just had to go
 
So it's goodbye, first love
And I hope you're fine
I am a sweet man's woman
Maybe some day to have babies by
He's a true friend of mine
 

Melody

I saw a photograph of you and me
Standing together by the sea
Light on the water so beautiful in the dawn
I am looking into your eyes
Before the secrets, before the lies
Your lips are smiling as though you meant to go on
 
I don't remember the words
That you said to me
I don't remember the words
But the melody haunts me
 
I found a rose that you gave to me
Pressed in a book of your poetry
Deathless prose like the love I thought that we shared
You left my life with no backward look
I crushed the rose and I burned the book
I cursed the day that I ever thought you could care
 
I don't remember the words
That you said to me
I don't remember the words
But the melody haunts me
 
Melody, melody, melody
Melody, melody, melody
 
There's not a day I don't think of you
There's not a thing that I know to do
To keep your memory from invading my heart
And though your flowers and books are gone
The melody of you lingers on
You are a part of my life, so what can I do?
 
I don't remember the words
That you said to me
I don't remember the words
But the melody haunts me
 
Melody, melody, melody
Melody, melody, melody
 

The Rainbow Connection

Why are there so many songs about rainbows
And what's on the other side?
Rainbows are visions, but only illusions
And rainbows have nothing to hide
 
So we've been told and some choose to believe it
I know they're wrong, wait and see
Someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection
The lovers, the dreamers and me
 
Who said that every wish would be heard and answered
When wished on the morning star?
Somebody thought of that and someone believed it
Look what it's done so far
 
What's so amazing that keeps us stargazing
And what do we think we might see?
Someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection
The lovers, the dreamers and me
 
All of us under its spell
We know that it's probably magic
 
Have you been half asleep and have you heard voices?
I've heard them calling my name
Is this the sweet sound that calls all the sailors?
The voice might be one and the same
 
I've heard it too many times to ignore it
It's something that I'm supposed to be
Someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection
The lovers, the dreamers and me
La la la la, la la la
The lovers, the dreamers and me
 

From a Distance

From a distance the world looks blue and green
And the snow-capped mountains white
From a distance the ocean meets the stream
And the eagle takes to flight
 
From a distance, there is harmony
And it echoes through the land
It's the voice of hope, it's the voice of peace
It's the voice of every man
 
From a distance we all have enough
And no one is in need
There are no guns, no bombs, no diseases
No hungry mouths to feed
 
From a distance we are instruments
Marching in a common band
Playing songs of hope, playing songs of peace
Songs of every man
 
God is watching us, God is watching us
God is watching us from a distance
 
From a distance you look like my friend
Even though we are at war
From a distance I can't comprehend
What all this war is for
 
From a distance there is harmony
And it echoes through the land
It's the hope of hopes, it's the love of loves
It's the heart of every man
It's the hope of hopes, the love of loves
It's the song of every man
It's the song of everyone
 

Send in the Clowns

Isn't it rich? Are we a pair?
Me here at last on the ground, you in mid-air
Send in the clowns
 
Isn't it bliss? Don't you approve?
One who keeps tearing around, one who can't move
Where are the clowns?
Send in the clowns
 
Just when I'd stopped opening doors
Finally knowing the one that I wanted was yours
Making my entrance again with my usual flair
Sure of my lines
No one is there
 
Don't you love farce? My fault, I fear
I thought that you'd want what I want - sorry, my dear
But where are the clowns?
Quick, send in the clowns
Dont bother, they're here
 
Isn't it rich? Isn't it queer?
Losing my timing this late in my career
But where are the clowns?
There ought to be clowns
Well, maybe next year
 

Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season)

To everything, turn, turn, turn
There is a season, turn, turn, turn
And a time for every purpose under heaven
 
A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep
 
To everything, turn, turn, turn
There is a season, turn, turn, turn
And a time to every purpose under heaven
 
A time to build up, a time to break down
A time to dance, a time to mourn
A time to cast away stones
A time to gather stones together
 
To everything, turn, turn, turn
There is a season
And a time to every purpose under heaven
 
A time of love, a time of hate
A time of war, a time of peace
A time you may embrace
A time to refrain from embracing
 
To everything, turn, turn, turn
There is a season, turn, turn, turn
And a time to every purpose under heaven
 
A time to gain, a time to lose
A time to rend, a time to sew
A time to love, a time to hate
A time of peace, I swear it's not too late
 
To everything, turn, turn, turn
There is a season
And a time to every purpose under heaven
And a time to every purpose under heaven