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    Sanitarium Blues

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    Sanitarium Blues
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      About "Sanitarium Blues"

      Lyrics for Townes Van Zandt - "Sanitarium Blues"

      The folks - they just can't take no more
      Throw you in the back seat, slam the door
      No stoppin' as down the road you go
      Got not time to lose

      Gigantic one-way gate ahead
      You're thinkin', man, I'd as soon be dead
      They decided to give you life instead
      The sanitarium blues

      Big ol' nurse all dressed in white
      Slaps you on a table in the middle of the night
      Then he straps you down real tight
      You're wonderin', what'd I do?

      They hose you down, make sure you're clean
      Wrap you up in hospital green
      Shoot you full of Thorazine
      The sanitarium blues

      Could be TB or maybe a tumor
      Eavesdropping on the doctors, listening to the rumors
      Can't see your friends, hear the hum of the wheels
      Hey, my man, you know how it feels
      Like the sanitarium blues

      Then upon some sunlit day
      They figure there's no need for you to stay
      They're pretty sure you can't be cured
      So they send you on your merry way

      You hit the pavement, hang around
      Nobody's on the outside to be found
      You're just tryin' to stay above the ground
      You start to thinkin', what's the use?
      The sanitarium blues

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      TOWNES VAN ZANDT
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