Take Care the Road You Choose
Richard Thompson Lyrics


If I ever get out of these shoes
And I shrug off a skin or two
I'll come looking in the wasted places
Beat-up, last ditch rendezvous

If it had been some other place
Some other time to find me
If I had been in my right mind
Not looking for ghosts behind me
Then I'd hold you with my fingers burning
Kiss your little tears of yearning
But sometimes there's no turning
Take Care The Road You Choose

If I ever get out of my mind
Guillotine myself to stop me dreaming
And let my heart go where it will
Without those other voices screaming

Some take the high, some take the low
Some take the straight and narrow
Some still standing at the crossroads
Some fly like an arrow

With my radar I'll find you, darling
No regrets to blind you, darling
And never look behind
Take Care The Road You Choose

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Peter Bielecki

If I ever get out of these shoes
And I shrug off a skin or two
I'll come looking in the wasted places
Beat-up, last ditch rendezvous

If it had been some other place
Some other time to find me
If I had been in my right mind
Not looking for ghosts behind me

Then I'd hold you with my fingers burning
Kiss your little tears of yearning
But sometimes there's no turning
Take Care The Road You Choose

If I ever get out of my mind
Guillotine myself to stop me dreaming
And let my heart go where it will
Without those other voices screaming

Some take the high, some take the low
Some take the straight and narrow
Some still standing at the crossroads
Some fly like an arrow

With my radar I'll find you, darling
No regrets to blind you, darling
And never look behind
Take Care The Road You Choose



All comments from YouTube:

AnneMarie Lewis

He's definitely one of the top 10 guitarists alive on the planet today! His songwriting skills are beautiful... Love me some RT.

Trollificus

One of the greatest songwriters of the 20th century and one of the most underrated guitar players. Unusual technique and unique phrasing. A great, great artist. Thank you forever, RT.

Mary P

I never had to get used to it. I loved his sound and style right away. And unlike many older rockers, his voice has only gotten better. And of course, the guitar playing, too.

honeychurchgipsy6

@400billionsuns - you have so much to discover!!
I found some of his electric guitar solos a bit dissonant to begin with - this one is very easy listening because it is sort of bluesey and sort of country - but try shoot out the lights, Hard on Me or Calvary Cross live. I love all of his electric guitar work now, but it took me a few listens and I've had a few friends who just can't get into his work other than the obvious ones such as Beeswing and Black Lightning.

400billionsuns

I just discovered him in the last hour (no joke!) and feel the same way already.

Toni Francis

His guitar skills, his songs, his voice, heart melting.

Cirkuspromoter

This is one of the very best RT live performances I've ever heard. The Sweet Warrior album track is good but this is sublime. Joel Zifkin's beautifully understated fiddle accompaniment is a real plus.

James Kendrick

Just saw him for first time up close in concert here on Maui. How I missed him all these years, I don't know. I've seen Hendrix Neil Young and many others among the best. Thompson, I think, may have been the best guitarist I've ever seen. He makes his guitar sing like no other.

Michael Trimble

Incredible. First time I heard this I was in my car and literally had to pull over to listen without distraction. I sat there a good 5 minutes after it was over thinking about what I'd just heard. This is why I've been listening to this man for 40+ years.

oldgit32

I listened to the studio version of this yesterday, which is lovely, but can’t hold a candle to this performance. This is such a deeply felt performance and his guitar tone is so rich here, compared with.the rather thin sound on the album. As the first encore at the Celtic Connections gig, it seems to have found him in just the right frame of mind.

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