If You Hear Me When I'm Leaving

Lyrics: John Dawson
Music: John Dawson

A New Riders song from 1970 that I assume is a John Dawson original. The title is given as "If You Hear Me When I'm Leaving" on the official NRPS website setlists, though it appears on some tape lists as "Can't Pay The Price." It has never been released on a New Riders album.

If you hear me when I'm leaving, please don't follow me
I came for your love, but now I want to go
Well your love comes too high, babe
I can't stay and I can't pay the price
That you've been asking for

And you asked me to love you
But you played your games to win
Now all that's left are the words
But they don't mean the same
And I'm going on my way

I could never love someone who wasn't able
To play the game but not to change the world
Oh but you can't see that way girl
you've got your own world where you
Can make up all the plays

And you can't see that love must be free to be real
And the wounds take a long time to heal
Oh girl, I know, I'm going on my way

If you hear me when I'm leaving, please don't follow me
I came for your love, but now I want to go
Well your love comes too high, babe
I can't stay and I can't pay the price
That you've been asking for

And you asked me to love you
But you played your games to win
Now all that's left are the words
But they just don't mean the same
So I'm going on my way