Original Jackson Browne version

At the moment the music began and you heard the guitar player starting to sing
You were filled with the beauty that ran through what you were imagining
Dreaming of scenes from those songs of love
I was the endless sky and you were my Mexican dove

Now the music that played in your ears grows a little bit fainter each day
And you find yourself looking through tears at the love you feel slipping away
Though it's not the kind of love you might hope to find
If tears could release the heart from the shadows preferred by the mind

Like a wind that comes up in the night caressing your face while you sleep
Love will fill your eyes with the sight of a world you can't hope to keep
Dreaming on after that moment's gone
The light in your lover's eyes disappears with the light of the dawn

But the morning brings strength to your restless wings
And some other lover sings to the sun's bright corona
I know all about these things, Linda Paloma (Linda Paloma)
Fly away, Linda Paloma (Linda Paloma)


LINDA PALOMA is a song written by Jackson Browne and originally released on his 1976 album The Pretender. The album was produced by Bruce Springsteen's future manager Jon Landau.

Jackson Browne -- The Pretender (album cover art)
Jackson Browne -- The Pretender

LP - Asylum Records (7E-1079) - USA, 1976

The above lyrics are for the original Jackson Browne version of LINDA PALOMA as released in 1976.

Bruce Springsteen's Version

Bruce Springsteen recorded a version of LINDA PALOMA that was released on a 2014 Jackson Browne tribute album. See Springsteen's studio version for more details.

Available Versions

List of available versions of LINDA PALOMA on this website:

LINDA PALOMA [Studio version]
LINDA PALOMA [Original Jackson Browne version]

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