Martyr's Song

from by Robert Lindsay Nathan

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I was once told that I was playing the role of the martyr in a relationship. I wasn't sure what that meant or why I should be faulted for it, but I certainly knew what it felt like, so I wrote a song about it.

lyrics

Martyr’s Song (Revisited from circa 1974)
Copyright 2008 Robert Lindsay Nathan


Intro:

G C(addG) D G
C D G (D C G D G)
G C(addG) D G
C D G


G C(addG)
All my friends say you’ve done me wrong
D G
But I know that’s not true.
C D G (D C G D G)
Yes, I’m the one who’s really hurting you.
G C(addG)
And I’m just out to hurt myself
D G
Wanting to love you,
C D G
Knowing you could never love me true

Chorus:

C D
But now your’s gone and I’m hanging on
G C
To a memory of love
Am7 D G
Wondering if I could fall in love again
C D
I may be wrong to even write this song
G C
But just in case you hear
Am D G
I just wanted you to know that I still care

I saw you just the other day
Another by your side
A hopless ghost of ego haunts my pride, (Alt1: No one could know how much it hurts inside Alt2: Another tear-storm tangles with my pride)
Yes, I’m a fool for loving you
And for feeling this way
But I can’t help from wanting you every day

Chorus

Break

Modulating Bridge:

Dm7 C
That’s the way love goes
Bb E A
Sharp as a thorn and soft, as a rose


Outro (Chorus)

D E
Yes, now you’re gone and I’m hanging on
A D
To a memory of you
D E A
Wondering if I could fall in love again
D E
I may be wrong to even write this song
A D
But just in case you hear
D E
I just wanted you to know…
D E
That I still love you so
D E
I just wanted you to know
F#m F#…
That I still care
D E
I just wanted you to know
A
That I’m still here.

credits

from The Long Road, released April 15, 2016
Robert Lindsay Nathan - Acoustic Guitar, Lead Vocal, Harmony
Rick Richards- Drums
Mark Hallman - Bass, Dobro, Accordion, Harmonies
Kevin Hollingsworth - Tremolo Elec Guitar
Brian Standefer - Cello

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Robert Lindsay Nathan Canyon Lake, Texas

Robert Lindsay (Bama) Nathan was born in New Orleans on September 24, 1952. He was raised in Muscle Shoals Alabama and formally educated in Texas (Gig 'em Aggies). He has been writing songs since the early 1970's and has circled the globe playing them.

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