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The Onion Field
I'm going down to the Onion Field
To make it all right
I'm going down to the Onion Field
And it's not for the first time
Girl, you're too good for this world
And it hurts too bad, it hurts too bad
My dear, there's no future for you here
And my mind's made up, it can't go on this way
Now it's dark, oh, now it's dark
And they won't even know we're gone
So keep very still
No one can hurt you
Down in the Onion Field

I'm going down these days
And I'm damned if you'll get pulled down with me
There's not a single sound from the phone
When your friends don't want to know you
I know it's not right
This isn't what I promised you
But now my hands are tied
Just the same as when the ship goes down
And the captain stays inside.
You're too good to go that way, too good for this world
For slow death in a country town
You're too good for this world, something had to be done
And now it's dark, now it's dark

So keep very still
Nothing can hurt you
Under the Onion Field

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  • Played once live...
    thomastomasska[at] - Thomas... England
    6Nov2021 5:39 PM (2 years 30 days ago)
    When My Space was 'the thing' back in 2007/8 I chatted with Pat a
    few times, on one occasion I asked him if he would play 'The Onion
    Field' live for me as I was travelling down from Kendal to an intimate
    little pub gig in Leicester. He seemed very surprised that I would
    even travel that far to see him (are you kidding me?).
    Anyway, he said he'd never played it live but would practice it

    FF to the gig and sure enough he asked if I was there and played it
    wonderfully (he thought it a bit of a miserable song and hurriedly
    moved on to livelier songs)... But that day is one of my fondest

    Pat would always have time for anyone and was the humblest of guys
    (let-alone 'THE' most underrated songwriters of all time!)