4 -4 -4 -4 -5 -6-6-6 My parents raised me tenderly, -5 6 6 4 4 -4~~~~~~~~ I was their only son; -6 -6 6 -6 7 -8 -8 My mind got mixed with wanderin -6 7 7 -6 6 -6~~~~~~~ when I was much too young. -6 -6 -6 6 -6 7 -8 -8 And I left my home the first time; 7 -8 7 -6 6 6 -6 6 5 -4 When I was twelve and one~~~~~~ -6 6 -6 6 -5 6 -5 -4 Been a long time a comin, Ma, -4 -4 -5 4 4 -4 -4 An` I'll be a long time gone. On a road through south New Mexico, in the dust and rolling sage, I thought Id try to find some work, but they said I was young of age. No place to turn, I'd somehow learn to make it on my own. Been a long time comin and I'll be a long time gone. Many times by the highway side I tried to flag a ride. With bloodshot eyes and gritting teeth, Id watch the cars roll by. In the empty air, my only guide, I traveled on alone, Been a long time comin and Ill be a long time gone. You might see me on your crossroads, when Ill be passing through, And dream youll one day follow as I drift beyond your view, Destined for a journey that will never lead me home Been a long time comin and Ill be a long time gone. If I could help one drifter on this long, relentless road, Id warn him of its random ways and the dangers it might hold, But I know I ain't no prophet and I ain't no prophet's son Just a long time comin and I'll be a long time gone. So you can have your beauty when skin-deep, it only lies, And you can have your youthhood, it will fade before your eyes. When my roving days are through, just carve upon my stone: Been a long time comin and I'll be a long time gone.