Joan Baez - A Heartfelt Line Or Two Lyrics




Though the songwriters of the industry
Write most of the songs I do
And it's clear that no one will ever
Sing them quite the way I do
I think tonight I'll sit down and write
A heartfelt line or two
And if they turn out good enough
I owe every word to you

To the kid I thought was a little too young
To know what sadness was
Who took me out when I was down
And set out to find the cause
Of why the lady had the blues
And seemed on the verge of tears
I tell you that kid must have been around
For a hundred and fifty years

And to the tough guy blonde with the front tooth gone
And ships all over his chest
Who approached me out on the promenade
Of the beach heading into the west
His friends lay around on the muscleman lawn
Like a drunken pirate band
But he turned into a gentleman
Called me a lady and kissed my hand

Though the songwriters of the industry
Write most of the songs I do
And it's clear that no one will ever
Sing them quite the way I do
I think tonight I'll sit down and write
A heartfelt line or two
And if they turn out good enough
I owe every word to you

To the man and the woman who threw me a glance
As they picnicked by the sea
And returned their gaze to the kid and the food
So as not to bother me
They got up to leave and the woman looked on
As the man leaned down to say
"You've always meant so much to us
Don't want to bother you and have a nice day"

And to the band of gypsies I call friends
Who speak so carefully
To their friend with a life unlike their own
In its strange complexities
Who have the patience of the saints
When I've been down for a spell
I wish it were a whole lot easier
To find the words to wish them well

Though the songwriters of the industry
Write most of the songs I do
And it's clear that no one will ever
Sing them quite the way I do
I think tonight I'll sit down and write
A heartfelt line or two
And if they turn out good enough
I owe every word to you





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  1. JM Pardo

    Great singer. Great voice. Nice woman.

  2. ysgol3

    One of the great Joan's most beautiful songs but, Jsus, she sings it here as if she's got a cork in her arse and is desperate to rush offstage to remove it and let it all flow.

  3. Morrigan Ravenchild

    An incredible talent - and this is one of her best.

  4. Morrigan Ravenchild

    She is a wonderful and highly talented lady. This song is one of my all time favorites.

  5. Donald Waterman

    The greatest singer of all time!

  6. david slann

    love this song xx

  7. dwayne122

    She is truly one of the greats. Joan, Judy Collins, Melanie, Joni Mitchell-they are all fantastic songwriters, musicians and singers. Each one helped pave the way for EVERY FEMALE SINGER SONGWRITER on the charts today. Each of these legends go back over 40 years and are still going strong now. They are all truly in a class by themselves. The one thing that is common between them all is that their music is a relevant today as it was all those years ago-they have truly stood the test of time!

    Morrigan Ravenchild

    dwayne122
    Agree. Their songs are still very very special and have stood the test of time.

  8. theevilqueen

    I think of all the songs she's written, this is my favorite.

  9. massimo schiavolini

    grande Joan

  10. Ana María Tiselj

    Joan es una mujer completa, tiene belleza, talento,bondad, humildad,simpatía y buen sentido del humor.

  11. Dune Boussard

    Une chanson très émouvante. Je suis totalement d'accord avec la personne qui dit qu'elle n'est que beauté, dans tous les sens du terme. Elle est simplement en accord avec elle-même, avec la vie. Une des artistes qui compte le plus à mes yeux!

  12. Saskia Cornell

    love love love

    Saskia

  13. Vasanthkumar R

    What a voice ! Get the goosebumps every time i hear this song.thanks for the upload

  14. johnmcd7

    @Geekella ....you've just opened a new world of musical brilliance to explore! Enjoy the brilliance of Ms. Baez!

  15. Steve Jackson

    Simply Exquisite

  16. coffindodgers

    This is a brilliant song and I have to thank Terry Wogan as I first heard this on the breakfast show. It has to be one of myu favourite songs of all time. She sings this so clearly and beautifully.

  17. rayjmama

    Joan Baez is true beauty. Physical, lyrical, vocal, moral and on and on

  18. Geekella

    never heard of this lady before in my life and stumbled upon this video by chance. and i must say: this is one of the most awesomely written songs. what great lyricism and a great voice

  19. ubersoxfanjpm

    Those eyes...

  20. ubersoxfanjpm

    Much better than the studio the studio version.

  21. ghodium

    i'm thrilled to hear this, love it

  22. coffindodgers

    Could not find a download anywhere had to import it from the states on Blowing Free. Worth it though a beatiful song .

  23. SukieG

    Thank you for this. It's not on napster, although most of her other songs are. I can't imagine why it is not as it is one of her loveliest songs.

  24. bbbartolo

    Never heard this before, and it's lovely and moving. And by the way, has she ever looked more gorgeous than in this vid?
    Thanks so much for posting, Fan1987!

    (from Fan1960)

  25. Andrew Wankier

    Or ANY of her own songs from Come from the Shadows and Blessed Are. People who say that are probably only casual listeners.

  26. Listing AZ

    it's her answer to the detractors who said she only sang some songs of others and she didn't know compose and write songs. and what the answer !!!
    what can i say. Thanks a lot lady joan for diamonds and rust, Sweet Sir Galahad, Heartfelt Line Or Two, here's to you and so many others songs that you wrote and also that you have covered (mainly bob dylan's songs).

  27. Andrew Wankier

    It's on her CD Blowing Away. You can probably find one on amazon. I saw a few there the other day.

  28. ubersoxfanjpm

    god...her eyes are captivating

  29. coffindodgers

    First heard this on Terry Wogan's morning show.What a lovely song, has to rank among my favourite songs.Thank you for uploading the video makes it even better !!

  30. VVoodstock

    4sale LP Vinyl
    just ask me

  31. famsfams

    Thanks a lot for uploading this !!!! I love Joan Baez since I was 15 in 1987, I couldnt imagine then that many years later I would be alble to see so many videos. Here in Argentina is hard to find anything from her, Thanks for sharing this !! I adore her and I know I´ll never have the oportunity to watch her singing live.

  32. Sundari Soekotjo

    wow great performance!! Joan is the best 4ever!! thanks for sharing

  33. quizzlie

    Heartbreaking!

  34. VideosTimes2

    Wonder why this looks so familiar to me?? Jim

  35. taddyd1

    Boy she sang that fast ,she'd make a good rapper.