Song For Adam


by Jackson Browne
V1:	Tho' Adam was a friend of mine,
I did not know him well.
He was alone into his distance,
He was deep into his well.
I could guess what he was laughing at,
But I couldn't really tell.
Now the story's told that Adam jumped,
But I'm thinking that he fell.

Bm - - - / Bm/A - - - / G - - - /   / D - D/F# - / Bm - Bm/A / G - - - /   /  x4  /
          [1]
D - D/F# - / Bm - Bm/A / G - - - / Bm - A - / G - - - /   /   /   //

 V2:	Together we went traveling
As we received a call.
His destination India,
And I had none at all.
Well I still remember laughing,
With our backs turned against the wall,
So free of fear we never though
That one of us might fall.
[2]
Bm - A - //

  C:	I sit before my only candle,
But it's so little light to find my way.
Now this story unfolds before my candle,
Which is shorter every hour as it reaches for the day,
But I feel just like a candle in a way.
I guess I'll get there but I wouldn't say for sure.

G - - - /   / D - - - /   /  x4  / G - - - /   / Bm - - - /   / 
D - - - /   / A - - - /   / Bm - - - /   / F#m - - - /   / 
G - - - /   / Bm - - - / A - - - / (G - - - /   / Bm - A - / G - - - //)

 V2:	When we parted we were laughing still,
As our last goodbyes were said.
And I never heard from him again,
As each our lives we led.
Except for once in some one else's
Letter that I read.
Until I heard the sudden word
That a friend of mine was dead.

  C:	I sit before my only candle,
Like a pilgrim sits beside the way.
Now this journey appears before my candle.
As a song that's growing fainter the harder that I play.
But I fear before I end I'll fade away.
But I guess I'll get there but I wouldn't say for sure.

 V2:	Tho' Adam was a friend of mine,
I did not know him long.
And when I stood myself beside him
I never thought I was as strong.
Still it seems he stopped his singing
In the middle of his song.
Well I'm not the one to say I know,
But I am hoping he was wrong.

  C:	I sit before my only candle,
But it's so little light to find my way.
Now this story unfolds before my candle,
Which is shorter every hour as it reaches for the day,
But I feel just like a candle in a way.
I guess I'll get there but I wouldn't say for sure.

 1972 Elektra/Asylum Records::  on his "Saturate Before Using"

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