The Last Thing on My Mind

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"The Last Thing on My Mind"
Song by Tom Paxton
from the album Ramblin' Boy
Released1964 (1964)
Songwriter(s)Tom Paxton
Composer(s)Tom Paxton

"The Last Thing on My Mind" is a song written by American musician and singer-songwriter Tom Paxton in the early 1960s and recorded first by Paxton in 1964. The song was released on Paxton's 1964 album Ramblin' Boy, which was his first album released on Elektra Records.

The song remains one of Paxton's best-known compositions.

Other recordings[edit]

The song has since been covered by dozens of artists, including:

Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton version[edit]

"The Last Thing on My Mind"
Single by Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton
from the album Just Between You and Me
B-side"Home is Where the Hurt Is"
ReleasedOctober 1967
RecordedSeptember 1967, RCA Studio B
Songwriter(s)Tom Paxton
Producer(s)Bob Ferguson

Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton's 1967 duet recording of "The Last Thing on My Mind", their first single as a duet act, reached the top ten at number six on the U.S. country music singles chart in December of that year.[1]


It is performed by the Punch Brothers and Stark Sands in the soundtrack of the Coen Brothers' film Inside Llewyn Davis (2013).


  1. ^ David McGee (2009). "Of Many Colors, Indeed". Blue Grass Special. Archived from the original on 23 December 2015. Retrieved 22 December 2015.