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    WINDS OF THE OLD DAYS
    (Words and Music by Joan Baez)

    The lady's adrift in a foreign land
    Singing on issues both humble and grand
    A decade flew past her and there on the page
    She read that the prince had returned to the stage
    Hovering near treacherous waters
    A friend saw her drifting and caught her
    Unguarded fantasies flying too far
    Memories tumbling like sweets from a jar

    And take me down to the harbor now
    Grapes of the summer are low on the bough
    Ghosts of my history will follow me there
    And the winds of the old days will blow through my hair

    Breath on an undying ember
    It doesn't take much to remember
    Those eloquent songs from the good old days
    That set us to marching with banners ablaze
    But reporters, there's no sense in prying
    Our blue-eyed son's been denying
    The truths that are wrapped in a mystery
    The sixties are over so set him free

    And take me down to the harbor now
    Grapes of the summer are low on the bough
    Ghosts of my history will follow me there
    And the winds of the old days will blow through my hair

    Why do I sit the autumnal judge
    Years of self-righteousness will not budge
    Singer or savior, it was his to choose
    Which of us knows what was his to lose
    Because idols are best when they're made of stone
    A savior's a nuisance to live with at home
    Stars often fall, heroes go unsung
    And martyrs most certainly die too young

    So thank you for writing the best songs
    Thank you for righting a few wrongs
    You're a savage gift on a wayward bus
    But you stepped down and you sang to us

    And get you down to the harbor now
    Most of the sour grapes are gone from the bough
    Ghosts of Johanna will visit you there
    And the winds of the old days will blow through your hair

    © 1975 Chandos Music (ASCAP)


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