The Last Thing On My Mind (Tom Paxton song)

Two versions of “The Last Thing On My Mind”, a song written by American folk musician and singer-songwriter Tom Paxton (born 1937) in the early 1960s. One of one of Paxton’s best-known compositions, the song was released on his 1964 album Ramblin’ Boy.

In 2009, Paxton received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

And here “The Dubliners” version of the song is below. The singer is Patrick ‘Paddy’ Reilly (born October 18, 1939 in Dublin), the Irish folk singer and guitarist. He is one of Ireland’s most famous balladeers. The song appears on The Dubliners’ 2002 compilation album 40 Years (previously unreleased).

Lyrics

It’s a lesson too late for the learning,
Made of sand, made of sand.
In the wink of an eye my soul is turning
In your hand, in your hand.

Are you going away with no word of farewell,
Will there be not a trace left behind?
I could have loved you better, didn’t mean to be unkind.
You know that was the last thing on my mind.

You’ve got reasons a-plenty for going—
This I know, this I know—
For the weeds have been steadily growing.
Please don’t go, please don’t go.

Are you going away with no word of farewell,
Will there be not a trace left behind?
I could have loved you better, didn’t mean to be unkind.
You know that was the last thing on my mind.

As I lie in my bed in the morning
Without you, without you,
Each (every) song in my breast dies a-borning
Without you, without you.

Are you going away with no word of farewell,
Will there be not a trace left behind?
I could have loved you better, didn’t mean to be unkind.
You know that was the last thing on my mind.

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