Steve Earle - To Live Is To Fly Lyrics




Won't say I love you, babe
Won't say I need you, babe
I'm gonna get you babe
And I will not do you wrong

Living's mostly wasting time
I'll waste my share of mine
But it never feels too good
So let's don't take too long

Well you're soft as glass
And I'm a gentleman
We got the sky to talk about
And the world to lie upon

Days up and down they come
Like rain on a conga drum
Forget most, remember some
Don't turn none away

Everything is not enough
And nothin' is too much to bear
Where you've been is good and gone
All you keep's the getting there

Well to live is to fly, all low and high
So shake the dust off of your wings
And the sleep out of your eyes

It's goodbye to all my friends
It's time to go again
But think of all the poetry
And the pickin' down the line

Well I'll miss the system here
The bottom's low and the treble's clear
But it don't pay to think to much
On things you leave behind

Well I may be gone
But it won't be long
I will be a bringin' back the melodies
And rhythm that I find

We all got holes to fill
And them holes are all that's real
Some fall on you like a storm
Sometimes you dig your own

The choice is yours to make
And time is yours to take
Some dive into the sea
Some toil upon the stone

Well to live is to fly, all low and high
So shake the dust off of your wings
And the sleep out of your eyes
Shake the dust off of your wings
And the tears out of your eyes





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Steve Earle To Live Is To Fly Comments
  1. Joseph Livingston

    Forget most, remember some but don't turn around. "tvz"... absolutely beautiful. THANK YOU GOD. AMEN...

  2. Evelyn Overcash

    First time I have ever heard this song. Stunning.

    Cathy Crago

    Check out Townes Van Zandt the legendary Texas singer songwriter who wrote it and is Steve's hero

  3. chris ammons

    Best cover of the song by Townes

  4. jamie wesson

    i got into steve in the eighties had all the albums then came the nineties l lost interest i was fickle then and about ten years ago i heard his then new album it was like getting back with a old flame got some catching up to do now ive filled in the gaps ln my collection glad i did

  5. Joanna Backman

    It’s Steve Earle,What else do you need?

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  7. Edward Jonez

    One of the best covers of this fine song.  Also check out the Cowboy Junkies, John Prine, Emmy Lou and of course Townes himself singing it.  All brilliant.

    andrew axilrod

    Guy Clark

  8. rick pauley

    I love this album. I think he really did a nice job with Townes' songs.

    Joanna Backman

    it was a great tribute to a man he always called his first teacher.

  9. kingacobra1

    I have a copy of his album "I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive" I love it.

    Joanna Backman

    kingacobra1 Steve Earle is the greatest singer-songwriter of his generation and my personal hero.

  10. vazmo14850

    what's left of the scotch and the last smoke-able butt in the ashtray.

  11. Noni D

    Can't listen to this without a tears springing up. Two amazing singer songwriters. Heaven in musical form. Goes straight to the soul

  12. Asle Anfinnsen

    I love it! One of my Townes-favourites and I think Mr.Earle did a great job but I have to say that The Cowboy Junkies version of it is is one of the best covers I have ever heard!

  13. Asle Anfinnsen

    I love it! One of my Townes-favourites and I think Mr.Earle did a great job but I have to say that The Cowboy Junkies version of it is is one of the best covers I have ever heard!

  14. Joey Levenson

    I thought this was by Primal Scream. Just saw SE play this on Austin City Limits and I was like.I know this tune...Cool anyway

    Joanna Backman

    Townes Van Zandt, my friend....

    Cathy Crago

    Townes is the best. Ever.

    Joanna Backman

    Joey Levenson Townes Van Zandt wrote the song, he was Steve Earle’s mentor. Steve does the best cover.

  15. MoBea

    Me too! =)

  16. Judy Bay

    Lovely, lovely, lovely.

  17. Flynn1933

    Saw TCM Remembers and had to find this song. Glad I did. So meloncholy and beautiful.

  18. vazmo14850

    my God i love allison moorer....

  19. Jenne B

    see you on november 27th in nuremberg, germany, steve!!!

    Cathy Crago

    That was the last birthday my daughter was alive. Her 28th...
    This song reminds me of her

  20. Christian Porter

    Steve sure knows how to hit ya right in the heart.

    Cathy Crago

    He does, but Townes Van Zandt wrote this and every other song on the album. Steve Earle loved Townes

  21. fecklessmovies

    This is an amazing version. Having just spent money on two Steve Earle CDs I was trying to resist this one, but now I've got to have a copy of this...

  22. Rickthaluddite j.

    I've loved this song since I heard the cowboy junkies recrording of it-- good job Mr. Earle-- I've been worried about you since the night you closed your show with 'dead flowers' the night you opened for Mr. Bob Dylan many years ago

    Joanna Backman

    Thank God Steve conquered his demons.
    Life would not be the same without him.

  23. Fahamut

    Is there A Townes song that Steve doesn't cover well?
    Love this version. Love how his wife just sneaks in there just nice and light., kinda like the song lol.

  24. Terry Mathews

    I'm waiting for the CD to arrive via UPS ... can't wait to hear it.