Tom Paxton - Something Going On Lyrics




My kid's got me worried
My kid's acting strange
He was always cheerful
Now there's been a change
We used to talk for hours
We ain't talkin' anymore
He'll sit and tap his fingers
Then he's up and out the door
My kid was a reader
He always had a book
You gave my kid a book to read
And that was all it took
And now he don't read nothing
He don't even watch TV
He checks his watch time after time
And he hardly looks at me
There's something goin' on
The kids are walkin' away
If we don't help ‘em around
We'll have some terrible dues to pay
There’ll be something goin' on
We might not get them back
The papers say this crack
Is killing a generation
My kid, he was happy
He tore around the place
You'd always hear him laughlng
With a grin across his face
Now he ain't much for showers
He forgets to comb his hair
He looks in your direction
But he doesn't know you're there
‘Cause there's something goin' on
The kids are walkin' away
If we don't help ‘em now
There’ll be some terrible dues to pay
There's something goin' on
We might not get them back
The papers say this crack
Is killing a generation
My kid's got me worried
My kid's acting strange
He was always cheerful
Now there's been a change
We used to talk for hours
We ain't talkin' anymore
He'll sit and tap his fingers
Then he's up and out the door
But there's something goin' on
The kids are walkin' away
If we don't help ‘em around
There’ll be some terrible dues to pay
There's something goin' on
We might not get them back
The papers say this crack
Is killing a generation
The papers say this crack
Is killing a generation





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  1. Al capone

    Check out the Reggae Version by Delroy Wilson. It's sounds really good.

  2. Notta Victim

    Outstanding. Nothing like hearing the great singer songwriters own versions. Yes, Dolly and Porters version is memorable but the writers intent is clear from his own performance

  3. jx14aby

    Music to shoot yourself by.

  4. Homa HajyHosseinzadeh

    jesus, his voice.

  5. Capricosm

    Boring as bat shit. Thank God for the Rolling Stones in 1966

  6. Howard McKay

    Being a muso for 6 decades now I just came across this vid and remembered that I used to perform it.... will add it back to my repo. I wish I had written this. I wish we could see his guitar hands.

  7. Brian Hamilton

    God bless you uncle Tom !!

  8. C R

    Quite possibly the most perfect chorus ever written

  9. Pat Davis

    Tom looks so different without the cap & 53 years. 1966 seems so long ago, great music & troubled times.

  10. writereducator

    Great voice and finger picking.

  11. Roger honoré

    one of the best songs in the world!

  12. John Harris

    As I sit And Watch Tom sing I car't Help But Smile AND feel Happy

  13. Jack Grant

    First time ive heard that song and i was struck by its beauty.

  14. Linda Martin

    Beautiful 🌹🌹🌹🌹❤️💯

  15. 46514651

    Singer stands alone before his audience and sings. Simply brilliant, intimacy great words.

  16. Kevin Egan

    There are plenty of lessons for the learning here for musicians of today.

  17. Linda Martin

    Beautiful song💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯👍👍👍👍👍🔥🔥

  18. Noneya Bidness

    Some great shots of Tom's nostrils here...very rare.

  19. NeilHolmes72

    Many covers of this song but I love the stripped down, clean arrangement here.

  20. Francisco Otón

    Beatiful song. But I love Diamond's version. It's so much romantic. I think so

  21. Linda Martin

    Beautiful song l love Tom Paxton🎸🎸🥇🎸🏅🎊🎟💐🌷🌹🕊🥰😘 Hugs from 🇺🇸💞🎸🎸Usa

  22. J.R. Vasquez

    What a beautiful song. I highly recommend you all go look up the Move's version of this.

  23. Yvonne Wancke

    So amazingly beautiful x

  24. Jhaymhar Nagnot

    Listening 2019

  25. grace womack

    Truly beautiful...he sings it from the heart...

  26. Unkraut60

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vHIvXnl4gUg

  27. الفتاة اللطيفة

    2019 ❤I ADORE IT I ONLY HAVE 17 THT SONG HAVE NAKE ME FEEL I HAVE A LOT OF SEE AND ALOT TO LOVE 💔🍀🌼ALL THE BEST FOR ALL

  28. Paul Hall

    I've watched and listened to every version of this song on YouTube, and while as an Aussie I love the Seekers interpretation, and anything Joanie sings is fine with me, this is undoubtedly the purest and most heart-rending version available. Thank you, Tom.

  29. Kerry McComb

    Neil Diamond's version is the epitome of this gem.

  30. Swa Vermeiren

    all versions are so different ... what about the live video of Tom with Liam Clancy ...?

  31. Linda Martin

    Great song, Love Tom And his music👍❤️❣️💃💃💃💃😊❄️☃️⛄️🎄💃💃💃💃💫🌟⭐️😘🎄

  32. Linda Martin

    Beautiful l love Tom Paxton💃💃💃👍❤️❣️😊🔥🔥🔥🔥

    george haswell

    Whitley Bay soon..

  33. ccarterglass

    Yes, Tom Paxton wrote it and he performs it best.

  34. Aphrodite আফ্রোদিতি

    It's a lesson too late for the learning
    Made of sand, made of sand
    In the wink of an eye my soul is turnin'
    In your hand, in your hand

    Are you going away with no word of farewell
    Will there be not a trace left behind
    Well, I could've loved you better, didn't mean to be unkind
    You know that was the last thing on my mind

    You've got reason a plenty for goin'
    This I know, this I know
    For the weeds have been steadily growin'
    Please don't go, please don't go

    Are you going away with no word of farewell
    Will there be not a trace left behind
    Well, I could've loved you better, didn't mean to be unkind
    You know that was the last thing on my mind

    As I lie in my bed in the mornin'
    Without you, without you.
    Every song in my breast lies a bornin'
    Without you, without you.

    Are you going away with no word of farewell
    Will there be not a trace left behind
    Well, I could've loved you better, didn't mean to be unkind
    You know that was the last thing on my mind
    That was the last thing on my mind

    Songwriters: Thomas R Paxton / Tom Paxton

  35. Linda Martin

    Love Tom🍷💃💃💃💃🧚🏽‍♀️💝💝💝🧚🏽‍♀️Great Song❤️❤️🍷❤️

  36. Chandan Das

    Lyrics :
    It's a lesson too late for the learning
    Made of sand, made of sand
    In the wink of an eye my soul is turnin'
    In your hand, in your hand

    Are you going away with no word of farewell
    Will there be not a trace left behind
    Well, I could've loved you better, didn't mean to be unkind
    You know that was the last thing on my mind

    You've got reason a plenty for goin'
    This I know, this I know
    For the weeds have been steadily growin'
    Please don't go, please don't go

    Are you going away with no word of farewell
    Will there be not a trace left behind
    Well, I could've loved you better, didn't mean to be unkind
    You know that was the last thing on my mind

    As I lie in my bed in the mornin'
    Without you, without you.
    Every song in my breast lies a bornin'
    Without you, without you.

    Are you going away with no word of farewell
    Will there be not a trace left behind
    Well, I could've loved you better, didn't mean to be unkind
    You know that was the last thing on my mind
    That was the last thing on my mind

  37. ccolemanification

    I have listened to many versions of this but Tom's is the only one that encapsulates the utter sadness and desolation that accompanies a broken heart from lost love. Exquisite.

  38. Linda Martin

    Vinyl Thank you, beautiful music👍❤️❤️♥️🍷💃💃💃😘😊

  39. Linda Martin

    Great song♥️🍷🍷💃💃💃😘👍👍😃😏 love his great music🍷💃💃🍷♥️🌞🍷🍷

  40. Linda Martin

    Beautiful Song❤️♥️💃💃💃💃💞💗💓😘👏👏👏

  41. Linda Martin

    Great Song👏👏♥️💃💃💃💃💋🎸🇺🇸❤️💃💃💃💃💃for you Rob😘

  42. Linda Martin

    Thanks viny❤️💃♥️😊🌺🌹😘👍🍷

    Hortense Waul

    This is the best ..Neil Diamond does a good rendition

  43. Linda Martin

    Beautiful Song❤️💃Great Singer😘👍🙏🍷🌺💃🎸🍷

  44. Larry Boecker

    He looks nervous as hell

  45. Peter Tatiner

    Still lovely after all these years.

  46. Lisbeth Lindgren

    I love it

  47. Andrew Silverstein

    Still beautiful when I hear it today

  48. Roy Brewer

    ....and how GREAT is that sound quality!?!?!?

  49. David Tyler

    Sublime.

  50. Roy Brewer

    perfect

  51. Joe M

    So beautiful, if this doesn't touch your heart then there's something wrong!

  52. h2oboater

    A voice as clear as pure alcohol.
    👍👍👍👍

  53. Roy Brewer

    pretty damn good. . my god

  54. Reef

    I love this kind of music for its authenticity. You don't need an amazing singing voice, just something to say.

    Olm9

    Reef Agree.. but I happens to think he also has a fine voice 😊

  55. Steven Stewart

    How'd you get the gig, Tom?

  56. Leonoor Suripatty

    The best version! Love this song.

  57. beldengi

    Some of the greatest songs were written by lesser known musicians. If I were a carpenter; The first time; Streets of London come to mind... but in the end the greatest and most prolific songwriter was Charles Wesley (6000+ songs all up)

  58. Tony Garrett

    Utterly brilliant and moving.  I once sang and played this at a  party in a garden at a French chateau one summer's evening, under a starry night.  My God I'll never forget it - the stars and the wine!

  59. Janet Hennige

    He had a hilarious song about the titanic can anyone help me?

  60. Daniel Reid

    Rip, great man

    Laura Lubin

    Since I just saw Tom singing tonight with the Don Juans at the Sheen Center on Bleeker Street I must ask. Who is the RIP you are referring to? Tom Paxton (the writer of this and many other great folk/rock standards) is alive and well and still singing the great songs and fighting the good fight.

  61. multicaruana

    I always wanted to know what he had done wrong to lose his woman so quickly. How did he hurt her? It seems like he had no insight whatsoever about what he had done wrong. I doubt it could have been any different, anyway. Like 4 Strong Winds. A foregone conclusion, a built in failure. May be the woman should take some of the blame, anyway.

  62. 1875michael

    I'm really impressed with the audio quality of this upload. The warmth in his voice comes shining through so very clear. I mean no noise, no distortion, no muddiness, just perfect clear audio from something done in 1966. I am just amazed.

  63. James Wheeler

    These are the kinds of songs that make me feel a little less whack feeling as sad as I do sometimes. We all feel it.

  64. Tom Greene

    Good old times... when all the world was young and we were the future!

  65. Barry Wilkins

    What a rich quality timbréd voice Tom has! Beautiful Baritone. I came here via The Seekers...whose version (as a group) I enjoy. I have heard Joan Baez and she also contributes some good musicianship to this song....but Tom? Well, he wrote the song...and all things being equal (quality of voice/instrumental quality etc), Tom wins "hands down"!!! Key of "G" perfect for this song.

  66. Kim Murphy

    Happy 80th Birthday Tom!

  67. Richie Sinclair

    one of the greatest song ever written! Nuff respect every time!

  68. Alfredo Martinez

    I was part of the Folk Music Era (mid fifties and sixties) . That music I played my Guitar many a times and still do now that I am in my mid 74. Every Folk Singers of that time I have it deep in my mind and heart. I never get tired of it. Those were the times when music of the heart flowed from the dreams, hopes and gentle Solace was part of all my generation. We love and shared our lives with such fervor, sentiments. And violence, dislike and envy was very minimal in our generation. We were more concern with peace, non-violence, we marched for the rights of the needy ones. And our music reflected what was in our hearts, concerns, love, for our friends and others. Plus the intense love and respect we had for our soul mate. The air of our music were reflections of the deep love we had for that girl or boy we loved dearly in our youth. And never have forgotten that love. I still remember that girl. Never have I had such deep love and sentimental in my heart. It was a love that never asked but gave with eagerness to understand and pleasing air. And smiles from our heart and spirit. I still remember those times very vividly. One could hitch hike with very little fear of being hurt, robbed, or any form of danger. Those days are gone. I hope that in times to come I will perhaps see that era come again. But it is only a dream or maybe not. I traveled most of the States and Europe in my VW Van. Also parts of Algiers, Morocco and parts of Eastern Europe.

  69. Rosy Hernández Montoya

    Qué maravilla de voz! Y la música te toca el alma. Gracias.

  70. Gloria jean SONGBIRD

    Tom I recorded your song live when I was in Guam
    so hope someday I'll be able to play it for you .
    I met you at the cellar door way back when . . . GLORIA JEAN

  71. MrTHOMASTTHOMAS

    Incredible pure, simple and natural performance

  72. Nico Meijerink

    love this song and the way Tom Paxton sings it with his warm voice: beautiful !

  73. nakima61

    Excellently written, sensitively sung. Well done Tom! In the later version, sung with Liam Clancy, the audience picks up the song after about the first two words. An unforgettable song!

  74. maltareed65

    I have to say, I love this version more than his recording of it - something about these BBC live recordings that I can't quite explain (Judy Collins's concert from the same period is another good one)

    Charles Buxton

    Here Tom is singing it a whole step lower than the key that he sings it in on his album, giving this live performance of the song a more relaxed feeling.

  75. Bellinger Kathi

    this song ist one of me favourites, Tom P too!

  76. John Foxx

    Its so sad how he recently passed away, especially because of his roles in Alien and the most recent one in Edge of tomorrow as the drill sergeant...
    I had no idea he was such a good singer!

    buellosaurusrex

    That would be news to Tom. He's still among us. You are thinking of Bill Paxton.

  77. Waters

    The Neil Diamond version is vastly superior.

    syzygy123

    Ugh, hardly. If you're really listening, no one can match the simple, direct feeling that Tom imparts.

  78. Willie McGee

    Did he write this? I much prefer Dolly's and Porter's version. This is good too, to be fair. Very different!

    Daniel Ibanez

    Yes, written and sung by Tom Paxton... this is the real thing...;-)

  79. Jack Phillips

    So many GREAT voices/writers and no one gives them their due. Just a note...Tom? You made a marriage, a child and a divorce. I think this is my theme song. I wish my 'ex' could see this part of me. I made that impossible for her. I will never stop loving her...crap, another 'song'.

  80. Hilda Nymand

    super song

  81. Hairy Neck

    Imagine this song would never had existed if it weren't for Tom.

  82. Luxmi Frei

    Beautiful song and a great voice🌹

  83. NSResponder

    What a great songwriter. Right up there with Townes Van Zandt, Bill Staines, and Steve Goodman.

    -jcr

    Waters

    But not quite up there with Trent Reznor.

  84. Judy Armstrong

    From ages ago many songs brings one back to seconds ago . Such is this song . When I first heard this song , it was after a very painful break up with my first serious love . For those in the present time , give thanks to Tom but remember , greater joys are in your life . Peter behind my Judy

    Ron Light

    Judy Armstrong l

  85. Hastings4

    You're just bloody awesome mate. Have always loved this song

  86. James Dolan

    We, from Castlepollard Vocational school performed this song as part of a Westmeath, Ireland school's competition in the early spring of 1974. The singers were four ladies from the Intermediate class. Out of respect for the ladies and because I have not seen them since that time I will not mention their names here. I was on the quiz team. It was beautiful coming of age that time, and for me the song has lost none of its beauty. By the way won the schools competition.

    ABQPhil

    Something about this song is evocative of an Irish folk song. Or is that just me?

  87. Susan Harmon

    l personally like Dolly Parton and Porter Waggoner's version best. Its just a bit faster and their harmony is as always, beautiful.

  88. Qwerty Dghvdger

    I also like Gordon Lightfoot's if you could read my mind... these 2 songs play well one following another...

  89. Donald Trahmp

    I shall be off back to fort dix.

  90. Kathy Fox

    I've seen Tom in concert 3 or 4 times over the years. He is a treasure.

  91. jjj1951

    Youtube should just get rid of the up and down voting nonsense because I tire of the nimrods who troll just to vote things down like this beautiful song.

    Enyawestie

    Just ignore them.

  92. MellowProductions

    I cant stop listening

  93. Richard Dalin

    I saw Paxton in concert a number of years ago. He said that out of all the songs he had written, this was his favorite.

  94. Dave Derby

    This was one of the early songs I learnt to play on guitar. It helped to give me inspiration to carry on playing. I now teach guitar and sometimes this song to others and tell the younger generation about the great Tom Paxton.

    MellowProductions

    can you do a lesson ?

  95. SNGI YS

    いい曲ですね、素晴らしく思いいます。

  96. george custer

    Tom had another live recording of this song - it had some piano backing - A very beautiful recording I have been unable to find it on U tub e

    kalalothar

    I have the vinyl LP with the version you mention ; in 1967 he sang in Paris in a very small place, and I had the pleasure to talk to him around a beer in a nearby cafe after the concert.

  97. slimchancetoo

    Just goes to show that YOU CAN SING A GREAT SONG WHILE WEARING A CLOSE FITTING TIE.

    george custer

    +slimchancetoo Ha Ha - good one

  98. Sueli Correia

    BEAUTIFUL MUSIC AND VOICE, PINSKY AND CINSKY LISTEM MISS MAX

  99. Joe A.

    He gets completely lost in the music:)