TUNING MY GUITAR
Writer: Melanie Safka
Publishers: Bienstock Publishing Company (ASCAP)/Quartet Music (ASCAP)

From the album MELANIE/AFFECTIONATELY MELANIE (1969)

 

I'm thinking what I'm doing

I'm thinking what I done

I'm thinking 'bout my Mother

Who never thought I'd come

Quite this far from nowhere

To hear myself be sung

But I still haven't forgotten

I used to do it just for fun

 

When all the ones around me

Would wonder if they saw

Or heard me singing somewhere

Tuning My Guitar

 

Knock once, I got ten minutes

And every nights the same

You know I wish I wasn't in it

When I hear them call my name

Same people all around me

And I wonder who they are

I know they're not my family

And they're not my friends by far

 

They're all the ones around me

I wonder who they are

They stand behind my curtain

And they hope I'll be a star

 

They say, "Get out and sell them"

But selling's not my aim

I'm gonna sing the life I'm living

And try to ease the pain

 

Of all the once around me

I wonder who you are

You hide behind my curtain

And you hope I'll be a star

 

But all the ones around me

Who don't know who you are

You hide and you look uncertain

And you hope Iíll be a star

 

But all the ones around me

No matter who you are

Tonight you're gonna hold the curtain

I'm tuning my guitar