I Would Change My Life

Another gem from Texas songwriter Robert Earl Keen, Jr. This is from one of his earlier albums. At the time he was known mostly for drunken party songs like “The Road Goes on Forever.” Many people never got past those songs to see Keen’s versatility and skill as a songwriter. I particularly love the rhythm of the words in the beginning of the second verse: “I have spent my hours on some misbegotten dreams/I have spent my money on some foolish-hearted things/and I have spent my memories on old and bitter wine.”

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You never liked this place where we’ve been living all along
So you packed up your bags and bought a one-way ticket home
Leaving never hurt so much as being left behind

I would change my life
I would make it right
I would change my life if you would only change your mind

I have spent my hours on some misbegotten dreams
I have spent my money on some foolish-hearted things
And I have spent my memories on old and bitter wine

I would change my life
I would make it right
I would change my life if you would only change your mind

Birds are flying south to spend the wintertime
Skies are turning blue to gray
The fires we started here will soon be burning down
And it gets colder every day

I wish that I could find the words to make you come back home
I wish that I could say the things you’ve needed for so long
I wish that you could see me now and maybe then you’d find

I would change my life
I would make it right
I would change my life if you would only change your mind

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