3 pages | PDF | 756.0 KBThe Last Thing on My Mind by Tom Paxton is a heartfelt folk ballad, painted with simple chords and a plaintive vocal melody. The song, composed by Tom Paxton himself, is set in the key of C major and, occasionally, A minor. It is made up of 38 measures of music that speaks to the beauty and strength of love in the face of uncertainty. Beginning with a lilting introduction, the song gradually builds until it culminates in a powerful chorus that speaks of the commitment of true love. The words of The Last Thing on My Mind are full of longing, as they reflect on the fragility of life and the importance of making the most of every moment.