When You Awake Lyrics - The Band
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E F#m B7 A/C# E
Ollie told me I'm a fool. So I
A Bm A/C# D
walked on down the road a mile, Went to the house that brings a smile
F# Bm E D G
Sat upon my grandpa's knee, And what do you think he said to me?
C Am C/G F
When You Awake you will remember ev'rything, You will be
D7 C G C C/B Am C/G F
hangin' on a string from your... When you believe, You will relieve the only soul
F D7 C G C B
That you were born with to grow old and never know
Ollie showed me the fork in the road.
You can take to the left or go straight to the right,
Use your days and save your nights,
Be careful where you step, and watch wha-cha eat,
Sleep with the light on and you got it beat.
Ollie warned me it's a mean old world,
The street don't greet ya, yes, it's true;
But what am I supposed to do:
Read the writing on the wall,
I heard itwhen I was very small.
Wash my hand in lye water, I got a date with the
captains daughter. You can go and tell your brother. We sure gonna
love one another, Oh! You
may be right and ya might be wrong, I ain't gonna worry all day long.
Snow's gonna come and the frost gonna bite, My old car froze
up last night. Ain't no reason to hang my head I could wake up in the
mornin' dead. Oh! And
if I thought it would do any good, I'd stand on the rock where Moses stood.
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Ingenious and unique | Reviewer: Damon Schwartz | 1/9/09
The lyrics of "When You Awake" are wonderfully evocative and imagistic but still ambiguous enough to pleasantly nag your interpretation. Musically, it has the fragrance of piney woods and back-country roads, but the key is nearly as ambiguous and tantalizing as the lyrics, taking us from E-major to D to C and back again without ever sounding "weird." It's an ingenious composition and a great, signature song of The Band.
Dancing with the Band | Reviewer: liz kirby | 7/16/07
This is truly a delightful toe-tapper that tugs at the heartstrings as most of The Bands ballads do. Simple and impeccable lyrics and musicianship that evoke some old time wisdom but with a light, "twinkling-of-the-eye" style to it. Love their country-pop, almost hillbilly diddies. A 70's treasure!
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