To Live Is To Fly chords - Townes Van Zandt

Townes Van Zandt Lyrics

TO LIVE IS TO FLY by Townes Van Zandt

[Transcribed by Geoffrey Kaeuper (, who considers it
probably the best song ever written. Roman numerals in parentheses
represent fret numbers for those chords which should be played outside of
first position.]

INTRO.:  G(VII) D(V) A(V) D  G(VII) D(V) A(V) D

G(VII)           D(V)
  Won't say I love you, babe
G(VII)           D(V)
  Won't say I need you, babe
D                     A
  But I'm gonna' get you, babe
          G                    D
  And I will not do you wrong
G(VII)                D(V)
  Living's mostly wasting time
G(VII)                  D(V)
  And I waste my share of mine
D                 A
  But it never feels too good
G D So let's don't take too long G D G A Well, you're soft as glass and I'm a gentle man D A We got the sky to talk about G D A G D And the world to lie upon Days up and down they come Like rain on a conga drum Forget most, remember some Oh, but don't turn none away Everything is not enough Nothing is too much to bear Where you've been is good and gone All you keep is the getting there Well, to live's to fly awe low and high So shake the dust off of your wings And a sleap out of your eyes It's goodbye to all my friends It's time to leave again Here's to all the poetry And the pickin' down the line I'll miss the system here The bottom's low and the trebble's clear But it don't pay to think too much On things you leave behind Well, I may be gone, awe, I won't be long I'll be bringing back the melody And the rhythm that I find We all got holes to fill And them holes are all that's real Some fall on you like a storm Sometimes you dig your own The choice is yours to make Time is yours to take Some dive into the sea Some toil upon the stone Well, to live's to fly awe low and high So shake the dust off of your wings And the sleep out of your eye Awe, shake the dust off of your wings And the tears out of your eye [This is as recorded live on the "Rear View Mirror" album released this year by Sugar Hill Records.]