I Will Wait For You

Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Jim Lauderdale/Mickey Hart

A Robert Hunter lyric adapted for Jim Lauderdale. This is the version recorded by Jim Lauderdale:

I been waiting by the way
Chill of night and heat of day
I can't even count the hours
Wasted in these ivory towers

When in doubt and deep despair
Call for me, I will be there
If I cannot come myself
Please don't call on no one else

Chorus
I will wait for you in the morning
I will wait for you in the dawn
I will wait for you my darling
I will wait for you till I'm gone

Blood red birds sing in the sky
Sun is spinning, my oh my
Stuck up on this barren hill
Pray for rain, it never will

I will tell you once again
Case you didn't hear before
You won't find a better ride
No one else will love you more

[chorus]

If how I love you is a crime
I will gladly do my time
Count the days until parole
With silver chalk marks on my soul

I will wait on burning sand
Wade to you through rivers and
Make your every dream come true
If that is given me to do and

[chorus]

Seven horses dressed in gray
Come to bear my heart away
Nothing ventured, nothing lost
I would rather pay the cost

Set my reason on the line
Wreck my health and lose my mind
Grit my teeth, ignore the pain
Smile at loss and count it gain

[chorus]

When I first saw you long ago
There was nothing else to know
I was yours, you were mine
Whatever else came down the line

Once upon a wintertime
Sun broke through the clouds to shine
Summers come and summers go
Can't say where, but I know

[chorus]
[chorus]
I will wait for you till I'm gone
The Robert Hunter version in "Box Of Rain" is somewhat different. According to Hunter it was originally set to music by Mickey Hart, though I don't know of any recordings by him.
I been waiting by the way
Chill of night and heat of day
I can't even count the hours
Wasted in these ivory towers

When in doubt and deep despair
Call for me, I will be there
If I cannot come myself
Please don't call on no one else

Chorus
I will wake for you in the morning
I will wait for you through the day
I will wait for you my darling
Alone in the night far away

I will tell you once again
Case you didn't hear before
You won't find a better friend
No one else will love you more

Seven virgins dressed in gray
Come to bear my heart away
Grit my teeth, ignore the pain
Smile at loss and count it gain

[chorus]

I hear you speaking from the fruits of flame
The wind that shakes the shutters bears your name
The racket of the cricket's harp from every barren hill
Call your name as clearly as my heartbeat ever will

Blood red birds sing in the sky
Penitentes stumble by
Offer up their prayers of pain
To angry clouds that shed no rain

Circus horses at the plow
Gelded stallions cheek to jowl
Score this moisture-barren land
Plant your name with seeds of sand

[chorus]

I have loved you with my eyes
From far away in foreign skies
Sworn at what I hope is true
And trusted for my life with you

Once upon a wintertime
Sun broke through the clouds to shine
Summers come and summers go
Can't say where, but this I know

[chorus]
Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     1999 I Feel Like Singing Today Jim Lauderdale & Ralph Stanley


Futher Information
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