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  1. Sleeping

From the recording Sleeping

This sadly prophetic song first appeared on The Band's "Stage Fright" album, 16 years before Richard Manuel took his own life in 1986

Lyrics

For the life we chose in the evening we rose
Just long enough to be lovers again
If for nothing more, the world was too sore to live in
Sad old ships, a morning eclipse
I’ve spent my whole life missing
Then I turned from the sun and saw everyone searching
The hoot owl and his song will bring you along, where else on earth would you want to go?
We can leave all this hate before it’s too late, why would we want to come back at all?
Cobwebs on my pillow, I’m found in the willow
I’ve spent my whole life sleeping
To be called by noon is to be called to soon today
Now the storm is passed, there’s peace at last
I’ll spend my whole life sleeping
Now there’s not a sound, no one to be found anywhere
The shepherd and his sheep will wind you to sleep, where else on earth would you want to go?
To a land of wonder when we go under Why would you want to come back at all?