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Thread #23968   Message #3791171
Posted By: Joe Offer
19-May-16 - 04:34 PM
Thread Name: Lyr ADD: If I Needed You (Townes Van Zandt)
Subject: ADD: If I Needed You (Townes Van Zandt)
This is my transcription of a Townes Van Zandt recording of this song. We used this transcription in the Rise Again Songbook.

(Townes Van Vandt)

If I needed you would you come to me,
Would you come to me and ease my pain?
If you needed me I would come to you,
I would swim the seas for to ease your pain.

In the night forlorn, the morning's born,
And the morning shines with the lights of love.
You will miss sunrise if you close your eyes,
That would break my heart in two.

The lady's with me now since I showed her how
To lay her lily hand in mine.
Loop and Lil agree she's a sight to see,
A treasure for the poor to find.

Townes Van Zandt
On his Legend. Emmylou Harris & Don Williams Cimarron & recordings by Lyle Lovett, Andrew Bird, Guy Clark, Bobby Vee, Seldom Scene. In films Crazy Heart & Broken Circle Breakdown.

I did find some recordings that had this for the last line of the chorus: "I'd swim the seas for to ease your pain."
I don't think that scans as well.

Many singers begin the last verse with, "Baby's with me now..."