The Last Thing On My Mind

Since the start of The Jovial Crew, Paul included this in his usual repertoire; Cliff tells me that Paul learned it from him.  It’s a Tom Paxton composition and best sung at a leisurely pace, although sometimes when the room is simply to energized, this song suffers from more of a jogging speed.

Cliff has recently brought this back out and I understand that Paul still performs it at his Florida venues.


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

Are you going away with no word of farewell?
Will there be not a trace left behind?
Well, 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 goin’.
This I know, this I know.
For the weeds have been steadily growin’.
Please don’t go, please don’t go.


As we walk, all my thoughts are a-tumblin’,
Round and round, round and round.
Underneath our feet the subways rumblin’,
Underground, underground.


As I lie in my bed in the mornin’,
Without you, without you.
Every song in my breast dies a bornin’,
Without you, without you.



And I recently heard that someone had written a parody verse for this song and that it amused Paxton, for he’s sung it in performance and can be found on his “Live in the UK” Album.
Well I met this young girl at a folk club,
Like you do, like you do.
So I bought her a drink and we chatted,
Wouldn’t you, wouldn’t you.
And then after the show she invited me home,
And she said we were two of a kind,
Then she played me every record
That Tom Paxton ever made,
And you know that was the last thing on my mind.

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