Kris Kristofferson

Gonna Leave This World Behind


My soul is black and cold as the river

By the railroad track

You know I’m never taking one look back

I’m gone forever

Gonna leave this world behind


The time goes by so slow

You cry every morning and the tears that flow

Ain’t dry in the evening

I see my life pass by and I know

I gotta leave this world behind



Well, don’t you think I know (I know) (I know)

The way the river must flow (I know) (I know)

The way this life’s gonna go (I know) (I know)

As every grain of the sands of time

Goes dribbling by so slow (so slow)

I’m tired of making you cry (I know)

That ain’t the way I want to die (I know)

I gotta leave this world behind


And I leave you time to sit

And talk to your memories

Time to try and drown all your miseries

Time to die

But I’ll start living

When I leave this world behind

Words & Music by Kris Kristofferson c. Jody Ray Publishing, Inc. (BMI) All Rights Reserved


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