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Jeff Buckley Mama, You've Been On My Mind Lyrics

Last updated: 06/11/2008 11:00:00 AM

Perhaps it is the color of the sun cut flat
An' cov'rin' the crossroads I'm standing at,
Or maybe it's the weather or something like that,
But mama, you been on my mind.

I mean no trouble, please don't put me down, don’t get upset,
I am not pleading or saying that "I can't forget you."
I do not pace the floor bowed down and bent, but yet,
Mama, you been on my mind.

Even though my eyes are hazy and my thoughts they might be narrow,
Where you been don't bother me or bring me down in sorrow.
I don't even mind who you'll be waking with tomorrow,
But mama, you're just on my mind.

I am not askin' you to say words like "yes" or "no,"
Please understand me, I have no place I’m callin’ you to go.
I'm just whispering to myself so I can't pretend that I don't know,
But mama, you're just on my mind.

When you wake up in the mornin' and look inside your mirror,
You know I won't be next to you, you know I won't be near.
I'd just be curious to know if you can see yourself as clear
As someone who has had you on his mind.

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A Bob Dylan Song | Reviewer: Tim Osburn | 1/9/2008

Bob Dylan wrote this song when he was 23. I believe it must refer to Suzie Rotolo. In any case this is a good version of it. I recently saw Flatt and Scruggs do it on an ancient episode of The Beverly Hillbillies. They did a good job, also. Dylan's romantic songs are very introspective. It would've been interesting to see him when he was young, trying to get laid, before it got to be an easy thing.

My first time was Rod Stewart, as I recall | Reviewer: Carly | 11/15/2005

Mid-seventies - I think it was the Gasoline Alley album (on cassette). I loved that song - I played it over and over again.

When you wake up in the mornin'
Honey, look inside you're mirror
Y'know I wanna' be next to you
'Cause I'd just be curious to know
If you can see yourself as clear
As a woman who's been rollin' through my mind

and that's without looking at the lyrics. I will never forget that song.