LAST THING ON MY MIND

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LAST THING ON MY MIND
“The Last Thing on My Mind” is a song written by American musician and singer-songwriter Tom Paxton in the early 1960s and recorded first by Paxton in 1964. The song was released on Paxton’s 1964 album Ramblin’ Boy, which was his first album released on Elektra Records. The song remains one of Paxton’s best-known compositions.
Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton’s 1967 duet recording of “The Last Thing on My Mind”, their first single as a duet act, reached the top ten at number six on the U.S. country music singles chart in December of that year.
It is performed by the Punch Brothers and Stark Sands in the soundtrack of the Coen Brothers’ film Inside Llewyn Davis (2013).

It’s a lesson too late for the learning,
Made of sand, made of sand.
In the wink of an eye my soul is turning
In your hand, in your hand.
Are you going away with no word of farewell,
Will there be not a trace left behind?
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 going—
This I know, this I know—
For the weeds have been steadily growing.
Please don’t go, please don’t go.
Are you going away with no word of farewell,
Will there be not a trace left behind?
I could have loved you better, didn’t mean to be unkind.
You know that was the last thing on my mind.