Levon Helm Audience For My Pain

Well it would take a miracle

Just to ease my troubled mind

And I know you’re tryin’ to help me

You try so hard to be so kind

But if we spend the night together

Well I know you can’t remain

And darling you’re too good to be

Just an audience for my pain

Once I loved a woman

She just took my heart away

And I tried so hard to break away

Break loose from her control

Oh, ’cause she still has a hold on me

By some big miserable chain

Oh my darling you’re too good to be

Just an audience for my pain

Oh, my pain

Well if I let you stay here

It would be a big mistake

You’ve got to love a man

Who really got more than he takes

I’m living in a prison

No you cannot see the bars

And I’ve been wounded

But you can’t see my scars

I’m so afraid you have to leave me now

And the reason it’s so plain

Oh darling you’re too good to be

Just an audience for my pain

An audience for my pain

Too good to be, too good to my pain

Just an audience for my pain

Too good to be, too good to be

Too good to be, for my pain

Too good to be, too good to be

Too good to be, for my pain

Levon Helm America’s Farm

I see the red, white and blue

So mixed up and so confused

Nobody knows which way to go

I see us turning down a dead-end road

We’re playin’ ’round, losing ground

And things are lookin’ bad in my town

I see me, I see you

I see that it is so much to do

We got to step all along

We’ve grown up working America’s farm

We got the ground, we got the seed

But she won’t grow without you and me

We got the rain, but no how

It’s just a matter of us grabbing the plow

We got the hands, we got the arms

I say it’s time to work America’s farm

I see it time we face the facts

Somewhere our train has jumped its track

We got to stop standing still

We need a good engineer at the wheel

We’re laying back in the shade

I seen it all days and week

I see me, I see you

Sleeping on that red, white and blue

We got to step all along

We’ve grown up working America’s farm

We got the ground, we got the seed

But she won’t grow without you and me

We got the rain, but no how

It’s just a matter of us grabbing the plow

We got the hands, we got the arms

I say it’s time to work America’s farm

Levon Helm Ain’t No Way To Forget You

I try to be just like a stone statue

But my eyes keep a-lookin’ back at you

And all I can see is you and me

Makin’ love, oh sweet love

Ain’t no way to forget you

Ain’t no way to get you out of my mind

Ain’t no way to forget you

Lord, we just can’t let it die

Tonight I passed by a place on the street

The house was jumping to a disco beat

But the music didn’t move me like it used to do

Like it used to do

‘Cause there ain’t no way to forget you

Ain’t no way to get you out of my mind

Ain’t no way to forget you

Lord, we just can’t let it die

And let it die

I’ve never had a woman to love me like you love me

And when I dream, dream of all the ways you’ve touched me

So tenderly

There ain’t no way to forget you

Ain’t no way to get you out of my mind

Ain’t no way to forget you

Lord, we just can’t let it die

Because there ain’t no way to forget you

Ain’t no way to get you out of my mind

There ain’t no way to forget you

Lord, we just can’t let it die

Levon Helm Anna Lee

Listen now children a story I’ll tell

Of a woman they called Anna Lee

She had a fine son and she raised him up well

And a daughter as lovely as she

I’ll return to you, dear, in the dimming of day

As the sparrow returns to her nest

I’ll return to you dreaming with each lullaby

Hold your sweet weary head to my breast

She sang to her darlings a sweet lullaby

As the cool evening shadows grow long

Angels and nightingales gather at night

Just to hear mother Anna Lee’s song

I’ll return to you, dear, in the dimming of day

As the sparrow returns to her nest

I’ll return to you dreaming with each lullaby

Hold your sweet weary head to my breast

I heard it one morning she rode into town

To tend to her dear sister there

She kissed her two babies on check and on brow

And left them with nary a care

The wind it did rise and the rain it did fall

The river, a shadowy wave

Anna Lee never heard danger’s dark call

And was swept to her watery grave

I’ll return to you, dear, in the dimming of day

As the sparrow returns to her nest

I’ll return to you dreaming with each lullaby

Hold your sweet weary head to my breast

Levon Helm A Train Robbery

The foreman touched the cold steel lines

The rail bed was frozen with ice

In the distance an engine was keeping good time

The steam whistle moaned just twice

Down in the cut past the old Tressel bridge

Twelve fine horses stood

Masked men shivered in the cold on the ridge

Not far from the Glendale woods

The brass lamp shone from the swaying train

When the driver saw the red light

Her iron brakes sparked like silver rain

And the metals screamed through the night

The baggage man peered out to look for the fault

When fear froze up his heart

He was staring down the barrel of an army colt

That threatened to tear him apart

We will burn your train to cinders

So throw the money on down

Open up your damned express car

And jump down to the ground

But we won’t touch that old pullman

She’s southern and they claim

They ain’t offer no reward

For Frank and Jesse James

Frank and Jesse James

In long soldier’s coats frayed with the years

Quickly they scrambled aboard

Men were a sweatin’ and the women shed tears

And a preacher prayed to the Lord

When they opened the safe there was nothing for them

So they strode down through the train

What a miserable sight these desperate men

Robbin’ old folks for their gold watch chains

We will burn your train to cinders

So throw the money on down

Open up your damned express car

And jump down to the ground

But we won’t touch that old pullman

She’s southern and they claim

They ain’t offer no reward

For Frank and Jesse James

Frank and Jesse James

Now some say the devil had taken his soul

Some say his spirit survived

But we all know he was nothin’ but a Missouri farm boy

Just fighting to stay alive

High above that railroad bed

On a ridge where the pines grow tall

If you listen to the wind, there’s a ghost of a chance

You can still hear ol’ Jesse call

We will burn your train to cinders

So throw the money on down

Open up your damned express car

And jump down to the ground

But we won’t touch that old pullman

She’s southern and they claimed

They ain’t offer no reward

For Frank and Jesse James

For Frank and Jesse James

Levon Helm A Mood I Was In

You know she was only a mood I was in

She wasn’t my baby, not even my friend

A soft puff of cotton, a willful perfume

A beautiful flower that was never to bloom

When I first met her, her thoughts renewed

But I made her happy ’cause that was our mood

She had no possessions to call her own

She came unattended and left on her own

Beautiful flower that took me away

A beautiful fragrance that make my day

Beautiful flower of nature’s own plan

She was only a mood I was in

Somewhere she’s walkin’ just out of sight

So if you see her, turn on the light

And if she’s hungry and you can be food

You can love her if that is your mood

Beautiful flower that took me away

A beautiful fragrance that made my mind quake

Beautiful flower of nature’s own plan

She was only a mood I was in