I Never See You

Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Robert Hunter

Put the load in the wagon
Put the wagon on the road, not the weight on me
I'm cut down in my tracks, my back is killing me
Looking at the picture
from all directions including through
Does it still amaze?
Boy, you know it never will cease to do
But all that aside
it's been a long time
I never see you
How come I never do?
I never see you

Tie the tackle to the line
put the line to the rod
not the hook in me
Weigh your words
Throw your light on the page
not the book at me
I was just sitting here doing
what I thought I was supposed to do
Looked up in surprise
there was nobody left, not even you
Tell me, do
why?
I never see you
How come I never do?
I never see you

Pour the drop in the bucket
Put the bucket in the tub
not the rub on me
I got trouble enough
without coming to grips with reality
So what if I traded some
empty chatter for solitude?
You know I still come round
when I'm in the mood
but when I do
I never see you
How come I never do?
I never see you

The other day I was talking at length
to a friend of yours
who told me I really should come around
it would open a lot of doors
In due course I came around
the doors were open wide
on the same old empty rooms
Neither you nor your friend were inside
Could you tell me why
I never see you
How come I never do?
I never see you

Put the horse on the track
Put your cash on his back
not the flack on me
You do what you do or don't
in spite of the lack of me
I get where I'm going as fast in the back
as in the driver's seat
and I don't get left out holding the bag
down on lonely street
although we meet - occasionally
I never see you
How come I never do?
I never see you
I never see you

I never see you
How come I never do?
I never see you
How come I never do?
I never see you
How come I never do?
I never see you
How come I never do?
I never see you
In an early version, on 18 November 1981, Robert Hunter sang an additional verse:
I see your cast of lovers
Who try and make a fool of you
And I see your cast of others
All saying that it isn't true
All speaking as though they have
Some stake in you
When it just as plain to me they must have
Mistaken you
All that aside
It's been a long time
I never see you
How come I never do?
I never see you
Robert Hunter Recordings
     Date Album
     1986 Rock Columbia

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