Lie With me (Eric Andersen) — Comparison of lyrics
This is a song Eric "wrote twice" *. The first version appeared on the 1970 album Eric Andersen. The second version first appeared on the 1991 album Stages with the same chorus but all new verses. Further refinement produced the version Eric has performed in concert since the early 1990s and which appeared on the 1994 trio album Ridin' on the Blinds. In the chart below, lyrics in purple highlight changes between the 1994 and 1991 versions and also the 1991 and 1970 versions.
Live version (from early 1990s) / Ridin' on the Blinds (1994) Stages: The Lost Album (1991) Eric Andersen (1970)
Chorus:
   Lie with me and be my love just for now
   Stay with me all through the night
   Be as close to me as you can be
   Til morning sets you free
 

When you saw me I was broken,
I was scattered like the dust
Like the way you feel sometimes,
when you feel too much
You put your hands around me,
like a shadow 'round the sun
When I thought that it was finished
it had only just begun

Chorus

You shine above the morning
as I turn to face the east
You showed me how to give away
things I never meant to keep
Your love is rolling like a wave
that breaks right over me
One hand can hold the other
but can never stop the sea

Chorus

Your body looks so golden
standing naked in the sun
Your skin it feels so holy
as close as the earth can come
The sea can wash a stone to sand
and the wind can break your bones
I wonder what you're doing now
when you are alone

Chorus

Chorus:
   So lie with me and be my love just for now
   Stay with me all through the night
   Be as close to me as you can be
   Til morning sets you free
   (Once) again

When you saw me I was broken,
I was scattered in the dust
Like the way you feel sometimes,
when you feel too much
You put your hands around my face
like a circle 'round the sun
When I thought that it was finished
it had only just begun

Chorus

You shine across the morning
as I turn to face the east
You told me how to give away
things never meant to keep
Your love is rolling like a wave
that breaks right over me
One hand can hold the ocean
but will never stop the sea

Chorus

Your skin it looks so golden
standing naked in the sun
Your soul it feels so holy
as close as the earth can come
A wave can cut a stone to sand
and the wind can break your bones
I'm wondering how you're doing now
when you are alone

Chorus

Chorus:
   Lie with me and be my love just for now
   Stay with me all through the night
   Be as close to me as you can be
   Til morning sets you free
   (Again)

He was just a prisoner
Prisoner of your pain
Whose sentence was to serve you
Let you love again
If you go away,
Heíll still be singing in his chains
Behind the walls of knowing
There was no such thing as blame

Chorus

Deeper than the ocean
Wider than the sea
The loneliness you harbored from
A love that was deceived
How did you ever know
What the answer couldnít be
The dyingís almost easier
Than trying to believe again

Chorus

Your eyes they are so empty now
So pale in the sun
Your heart it is so weary
From not wanting anyone
With every breath you take
Itís for the love that didnít come
Still longing for the day
You thought your life had just begun

Chorus

Songs by Eric Andersen, © Wind and Sand Music.

*quote from Eric's liner notes to Ridin' on the Blinds.

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Last revised: Jan 2007.