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© Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

Four and twenty years ago he came into this life
Born of a woman and a man who lived in strife
She was tired of being poor
And he wasn't into selling door to door
So I worked like the devil to be more

A different kind of poverty now upsets him so
Night after sleepless night he walks the floor and wants to know
Why am I so alone?
Where is my woman? Can I bring her home?
Have I driven her away? Is she gone?

Morning comes the sunrise and he's driven to his bed
I see that it is empty and there's devils in my head
I embrace the many coloured beast
I grow weary of my torment, can there be no peace
And I find myself just wishing that my life would simply cease...

Song Info
This was our first foray into tuning the 6th string down to D, and it remains a firm favourite.

We've amended the lyrics slightly in order to have us both sing different parts and to add drama to the storyline - Val is the storyteller, Jimmy is the 24 year old (give or take about 30 years). We hope you like our arrangement.

The song describes the all-too-common pressures on us to be better than our upbringing, and to break out. Sometimes, however, the consequences can be disastrous.


'There's devils
in my head...'
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