Before they make me run

Keef always worked well within the limitations of his voice: you can hear that he feels what he sings. This song is from the bleakest period of his life, his major contribution to Some Girls. To to Jagger’s credit he pulled off the strongest of the late Stones albums while Keef was otherwise engaged. The “another goodbye to another good friend” refers to Gram Parsons. Listen to any interview and you will hear a charming, dignified, frank and a very wise old goat and of course his marvelous autobiography is the best instantiation of this.

Worked in bars and sideshows along the twilight zone
Only a crowd can make you feel so alone
And it really hit home
Booze and pills and powders, you can choose your medicine
Well it’s another goodbye to another good friend

After all is said and done
Gotta move while it’s still fun
Let me walk before they make me run
After all is said and done
I gotta move, it’s still fun
I’m gonna walk before they make me run

Watched the taillights fading, there ain’t a dry eye in the house
They’re laughing and singing
Started dancing and drinking as I left town
Gonna find my way to heaven, `cause I did my time in hell
I wasn’t looking too good but I was feeling real well

After all is said and done
I gotta move I had my fun
Let us walk before they make me run

After all is said and done
I did alright, I had my fun
I will walk before they make me run