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I'm sitting here listening to the new Robbie Robertson CD, "How to Become Clairvoyant," which was released yesterday. After hearing the third song, "He Don't Live Here No More," I paused the CD and played the song again. It's the best song I've heard in a long time—and the lyrics are actually good enough to post:


Got a ticket on the mainline
I was stranded on the fault line
I got wasted on the moonshine
Too far gone

I was walking in the sundown
I was heading for the breakdown
When you’re sleeping on the cold ground
Too far gone

There was a cloud hanging over me
Something just reached out and grabbed a hold of me

Inside of the belly of the whale
Outside they was beatin on the door
Somebody goin down tonight
I said boys he don’t live here no more
He don’t live here no more


I was riding on the night train
I been moving in the fast lane
I was only trying to kill the pain
Too far gone

I was running on a red light
Always looking for a street fight
I was higher than a lost kite
Too far gone

When you’re waiting for the axe to drop
When you’re hooked so bad you could not stop

Inside of the belly of the whale
Outside they was beatin on the door
Somebody goin down tonight
I said boys he don’t live here no more
He don’t live here no more


Got no one to blame but myself
They couldn’t hear my distant cry for help

Inside of the belly of the whale
Outside they was beatin on the door
Somebody’s goin down tonight
I said boys he don’t live here no more
He don’t live here no more

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vivitalia
Apr. 6th, 2011 01:40 pm (UTC)
Well there goes my CD-buying budget. Again. Thanks for that!
patrick_vecchio
Apr. 6th, 2011 09:57 pm (UTC)
I've never heard a song before that sounds like it was written just for me.

It's a great song. You can check it out here:

http://www.npr.org/2011/03/27/134792027/first-listen-robbie-robertson-how-to-become-clairvoyant#playlist
vivitalia
Apr. 6th, 2011 10:05 pm (UTC)
Absolutely fantastic. I love the interplay between the beat and the lyrics, particularly where he brings in the bass line. Great emphasis.
nodressrehersal
Apr. 8th, 2011 12:40 pm (UTC)
I'm sold. Boy, his voice, at least on this song, doesn't sound like it has aged or weathered even a titch over the years.
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