Thompson, Richard - Withered And Died Lyrics




This cruel country has driven me down
Teased me and lied, teased me and lied
I've only sad stories to tell to this town
My dreams have withered and died

Once I was bending the tops of the trees
Kind words in my ear, kind faces to see

Then I struck up with a boy from the West
Played run and hide, played run and hide
Count one to ten and he's gone with the rest
My dreams have withered and died

Silver moon sail up and silver moon shine
On the waters so wide, waters so wide
Steal from the bed of some good friend of mine
My dreams are withered and died

If I was a butterfly, lived for a day
I could be free just blowing away

This cruel country has driven me down
Teased me and lied, teased me and lied
I've only sad stories to tell to this town
My dreams have withered and died





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  1. Paul Brown

    This cruel country has driven me down
    Teased me and lied, teased me and lied
    I've only sad stories to tell to this town
    My dreams have withered and died

    Once I was bending the tops of the trees
    Kind words in my ear, kind faces to see
    Then I struck up with a boy from the West
    Played run and hide, played run and hide
    Count one to ten and he's gone with the rest
    My dreams have withered and died

    Silver moon sail up and silver moon shine
    On the waters so wide, waters so wide
    Steal from the bed of some good friend of mine
    My dreams are withered and died

    If I was a butterfly, live for a day
    I could be free just blowing away

    This cruel country has driven me down
    Teased me and lied, teased me and lied
    I've only sad stories to tell to this town
    My dreams have withered and died

  2. Chip Hoyt

    This pair was a gift from above.

  3. gaijin134

    Elvis Costello brought me here. Appropriately wrist slitty

  4. Greg Horwood

    Almost too honest and raw to be enjoyed. But, if you think sounds can't move you, I believe this little song will test even the hardest of souls.

  5. Simondo81

    This makes some of Radiohead's stuff seem like Boney M. Very very maudlin and tragic but beautifully sung.

    Not one for parties but a brilliant song and album nevertheless.

    Robert Jarrett

    This song and the album are one of my favorites. Linda's vocals are straight and knife-sharp; (Sinead O'Connor reminded me a bit of this, although Sinead had a better voice.)

  6. jtboyd62

    This is not the same Richard Thompson who created the comic strip Cul Du Sac.

    Juan

    though it would be cool if it was

  7. Dambuskers

    great song

  8. Robert Jarrett

    I always associated the "tops of the trees" with Frost's poem "Bending Birches" but it could be an accident.
    Still, Linda's vocals are almost impeccable. "One could do worse than be a swinger of birches.''

    https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44260/birches

  9. Thomas Hofheinz

    Probably the greatest Thomas Hardy novel that Hardy never wrote.

  10. Madeleine Hague

    Well now, here's a song to slit your wrists by. How can a man as funny as Richard Thompson (and he does have a wonderful, sense of humour) write stuff like this? I think a lot of times, he writes from the perspective of someone down-trodden in a former century. (Life was bleak for most in the 1700's-1800's)

  11. William PHILLIPS

    weeping profusely, how did they know