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Carmelita
Cowboy Junkies Lyrics


Down along the railroad track
I ran into my old friend Jack
He was dressed in his Sunday best
but his face was mad and his eyes was a daze

He said 'I lost Marina
and the last place that I'd seen her
she was making off
with my best friend'

I took him to the water
I spent fifty dollars
on something that would take him to the moon

Well he must have gone to heaven
cuz just before I left him
I tried to wake him up
but he would not move

So come on Carmelita,
you drunk too much
and I can see that
soon you're gonna need a breath of air

We'll dance across the wheatfields
There's a place I know just east of here
It wouldn't take too long to drive out there

We'll sleep out on the ground
and in the morning when we wake up
we'll leave town

And I picked my last tobacco leaf
Soaking wet up to my knees
out there before the sun is on the rise

You can have a drink of water
but don't you look at my daughter
or I'll come down there and cut you with this knife

So come on Carmelita
You drunk too much
and I can see that
soon you're gonna need a breath of air

We'll dance across the wheatfields
There's a place I know just east of here
It wouldn't take too long to (  ?)

We'll sleep out on the ground
and in the morning when we wake up
we'll leave town

There ain't any flat man
but if you are a black man
they'll put you on a plane
back from where you're from

We'll sleep out on the ground
and in the morning when we wake up
we'll leave town

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Comments from YouTube:

Fionnuala McMahon

Thank-you for posting this. It is my favourite Cowboy Junkies song and one of my favourite songs period. I couldn't find it anywhere so thank-you, thank-you, thank-you!

Juan Francisco Rodriguez

Thank you for sharing. I cannot tell how much I love Margo's hypnotic voice on this song. Makes me cry every single time I hear it.

Jonathan L

Great version. Big fan of Fred and I have his live album where he mentions this song was covered by the Cowboy Junkies. Thanks for posting!

Tracy lannum

most beautiful voice ive ever heard

xxzeon

THANK YOU FOR POSTING THIS!!!!!!!! I too, could not find this anywhere.....what a treat!!!!

George Moore

Merci! hermosa! Gracias! Bravo, 5 stars. No wonder Fred always gives props the Cowboy Junkies when he sings this at a show.

Carlos Cajina

Thanks for sharing! This one was a tough one to find.

Dead Man

This was on an album back in the 90s or early 2k's and it's all but disappeared now. Thanks for this.

Rawson Gordon II

One of my very favorite songs.

Mackenzie Rowan

Puts me in the mood and mindset I'd like to stay in

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