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​Waiting Around to Die

This song is by The Be Good Tanyas and appears on the album Chinatown (2003) and on the Compilation album A Collection (2012).

This song is a cover of "Waitin' Around to Die" by ​Townes Van Zandt.
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Waiting Around to Die
Sometimes I don't know where this dirty road is taking me
Sometimes I don't know the reason why
So I guess I'll keep gamblin' lots of booze and lots of ramblin'
Well it's easier than just waitin' around to die

Well one time, friends, I had a ma, I even had a pa
He beat her with a belt once 'cause she cried
She told him to take care of me, she headed down to Tennessee
Well it's easier than just a-waitin' around to die

When I came of age and I found a girl in a Tuscaloosa bar
She cleaned me out and she hit it on the sly
Well I tried to kill the pain, I bought some wine, I hopped a train
Well, it's easier than just waitin' around to die

Then a friend said he knew where some easy money was
We robbed a man and brother did we fly
But the posse caught up with me and they drug me back to Muskogee
And now it's two long years, waitin' around to die

Now I'm out of prison and I got me a friend at last
And he don't steal or cheat or drink or lie
Well his name is codeine and he's the nicest thing I've seen
And together we're gonna wait around to die

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Townes Van Zandt