Shoulda Had Been Me (Bob Weir)


I was your diamond, shining in the rough
You were my truest muse, my first and only love
My inspiration, you made me rise above
I thought we had it all

Seasons changing now, the bird is on the wing
Guess it's autumn now, ain't no hidden spring
No dogwood blossoms, ain't no robin sing
Leaves just turn and fall

Funny how blue skies can fade to grey
Funny how fortune can turn and walk the other way
Can't take back time, it don't work that way
Still there's just one thing I gotta say

Ain't no denyin', 'cause it's plain to see
Shoulda had been me

Yesterday's a stranger, strolls on by so fast
Best forget the future, if you're living in the past
Nothin' ain't worth nothin', all except for what's gonna last
Rest is all just days gone by

Nightbirds calling, as the shadows fade away
Guess it's gettin late now, ain't much left to say
No hide-and-seek twilight games left to play
I just can't figure why

I turned the tides for you, showed the breeze where to blow
Made the thunder roll, made the rivers flow
Spun dawn into daylight, with the sundown aglow
If that wasn't enough of a show

I'd shine the moon and when nighttime was done
Put out the stars, call back the sun
I'll be a man, I'll hold my tongue
Still I know that, you know that, I was the one

Ain't no denyin', 'cause it's plain to see
I'm all done cryin', yes it's just gonna be
Ain't no denying, just let it be
Shoulda had been me
Shoulda had been me
Shoulda had been me
Shoulda had been me

Thanks deadheadk for transcribing...