16. Bob Dylan - Blood on the Tracks

Bob Dylan

 

A corner stone in Dylan's creation, it is considered one of the finest Dylan collection of songs ever. The writing reaches full maturity and self-introspection, brilliance and anger. It's a comeback album, Dylan being reloaded after a successful tour with The Band.
"Tangled Up In Blue" 
 
Early one morning the sun was shining 
I was laying in bed 
Wond'ring if she'd changed it all 
If her hair was still red 
Her folks they said our lives together 
Sure was gonna be rough 
They never did like Mama's homemade dress 
Papa's bankbook wasn't big enough 
And I was standing on the side of the road 
Rain falling on my shoes 
Heading out for the East Coast 
Lord knows I've paid some dues getting through 
Tangled up in blue. 
 
She was married when we first meet 
Soon to be divorced 
I helped her out of a jam I guess 
But I used a little too much force 
We drove that car as far as we could 
Abandoned it out West 
Split it up on a dark sad night 
Both agreeing it was best 
She turned around to look at me 
As I was walking away 
I heard her say over my shoulder 
"We'll meet again someday on the avenue" 
Tangled up in blue. 
 
I had a job in the great north woods 
Working as a cook for a spell 
But I never did like it all that much 
And one day the ax just fell 
So I drifted down to New Orleans 
Where I happened to be employed 
Working for a while on a fishing boat 
Right outside of Delacroix 
But all the while I was alone 
The past was close behind 
I seen a lot of women 
But she never escaped my mind and I just grew 
Tangled up in blue. 
 
She was working in a topless place 
And I stopped in for a beer 
I just kept looking at her side of her face 
In the spotlight so clear 
And later on as the crowd thinned out 
I's just about to do the same 
She was standing there in back of my chair 
Said to me "Don't I know your name ?" 
I muttered something underneath my breath 
She studied the lines on my face 
I must admit I felt a little uneasy 
When she bent down to tie the laces of my shoe 
Tangled up in blue. 
 
She lit a burner on the stove and offered me a pipe 
"I thought you'd never say hello" she said 
"You look like the silent type" 
Then she opened up a book of poems 
And handed it to me 
Written by an Italian poet 
From the thirteenth century 
And every one of them words rang true 
And glowed like burning coal 
Pouring off of every page 
Like it was written in my soul from me to you 
Tangled up in blue 
 
I lived with them on Montague Street 
In a basement down the stairs 
There was music in the caf,s at night 
And revolution in the air 
Then he started into dealing with slaves 
And something inside of him died 
She had to sell everything she owned 
And froze up inside 
And when finally the bottom fell out 
I became withdrawn 
The only thing I knew how to do 
Was to keep on keeping on like a bird that flew 
Tangled up in blue. 
 
So now I'm going back again 
I got to get her somehow 
All the people we used to know 
They're an illusion to me now 
Some are mathematicians 
Some are carpenter's wives 
Don't know how it all got started 
I don't what they're doing with their lives 
But me I'm still on the road 
Heading for another joint 
We always did feel the same 
We just saw it from a different point of view 
Tangled up in Blue. 
 
 
"Simple Twist Of Fate" 
 
They sat together in the park 
As the evening sky grew dark 
She looked at him and he felt a spark tingle to his bones 
It was then he felt alone and wished that he'd gone straight 
And watched out for a simple twist of fate. 
 
They walked alone by the old canal 
A little confused I remember well 
And stopped into a strange hotel with a neon burning bright 
He felt the heat of the night hit him like a freight train 
Moving with a simple twist of fate. 
 
A saxophone someplace far off played 
As she was walking on by the arcade 
As the light bust through a-beat-up shade where he was waking up 
She dropped a coin into the cup of a blind man at the gate 
And forgot about a simple twist of fate. 
 
He woke up the room was bare 
He didn't see her anywhere 
He told himself he didn't care pushed the window open wide 
Felt an emptiness inside to which he just could not relate 
Brought on by a simple twist of fate. 
 
He hears the ticking of the clocks 
And walks along with a parrot that talks 
Hunts her down by the waterfront docks where the sailers all come in 
Maybe she'll pick him out again how long must he wait 
One more time for a simple twist of fate. 
 
People tell me it's a sin 
To know and feel too much within 
I still believe she was my twin but I lost the ring 
She was born in spring but I was born too late 
Blame it on a simple twist of fate. 
 
 
"You're A Big Girl Now" 
 
Our conversation was short and sweet 
It nearly swept me off-a my feet 
And I'm back in the rain oh oh 
And you're on dry land 
You made it there somehow 
You're a big girl now. 
 
Bird on the horizon sitting on the fence 
He's singing his song for me at his own expense 
And I'm just like that bird oh oh 
Singing just for you 
I hope that you can hear 
Hear me singing through these tears. 
 
Time is a jet plane it moves so fast 
Oh but what a shame if all we've shared can't last 
I can change I swear oh oh 
See what you can do 
I can make it through 
You can make it too. 
 
Love is so simple to quote a phrase 
You've known it all the time I'm learning it these days 
Oh I know where I can find you oh oh 
In somebody's room 
It's a price I had to pay 
You're a big girl all the way. 
 
A change in the weather is known to be extreme 
But what's the sense of changing horses in midstream ? 
I'm going out of my mind oh oh 
With a pain that stops and starts 
Like a corkscrew to my heart 
Ever since we've been apart. 
 
 
"Idiot Wind" 
 
Someone's got it in for me, they're planting stories in the press 
Whoever it is I wish they'd cut it out quick but when they will I can only guess 
They say I shot a man named Gray and took his wife to Italy 
She inherited a million bucks and when she died it came to me 
I can't help it if I'm lucky. 
 
People see me all the time and they just can't remember how to act 
Their minds are filled with big ideas, images and distorted facts 
Even you yesterday you had to ask me where it was at 
I couldn't believe after all these years you didn't know even me better than that 
Sweet lady. 
 
Idiot wind blowing every time your move your mouth 
Blowing down the backroads heading south 
Idiot wind blowing every time you move your teeth 
You're an idiot babe 
It's a wonder that you still know how to breathe 
 
I ran into the fortune-teller who said beware of lightning that might strike 
I haven't known peace and quit for so long I can't remember what it's like 
There's a lone soldier on the cross smoke pouring out of a boxcar door 
You didn't know it you didn't think it could be done in the final end he won the wars 
After losing every battle. 
 
I woke up on the roadside daydreaming about the way things sometimes are 
Visions of your chestnut mare shoot through my head and are making me see stars 
You hurt the ones that I love best and cover up the truth with lies 
One day you'll be in the ditch, flies buzzing around your eyes 
Blood on your saddle. 
 
Idiot wind blowing through the flowers on your tomb 
Blowing through the curtains in your room 
Idiot wind blowing every time you move your teeth 
You're an idiot babe 
It's a wonder that you still know how to breathe. 
 
It was gravity which pulled us down and destiny which broke us apart 
You tamed the lion in my cage but it just wasn't enough to change my heart 
Now everything's a little upside down, as a matter of fact the wheels have stopped 
What's good is bad what's bad is good you'll find out when you reach the top 
You're on the bottom.I noticed at the ceremony, your corrupt ways had finally made you blind 
I can't remember your face anymore, your mouth has changed your eyes don't look 
into mine 
The priest wore black on the seventh day and sat stone faced while the 
building burned 
I waited for you on the running boards, near the cypress trees while the 
springtime turned 
Slowly into autumn. 
 
Idiot wind blowing like a circle around my skull 
From the Grand Coulee Dam to Capitol 
Idiot wind blowing every time you move you teeth 
You're an idiot babe. 
It's a wonder that you still know how to breathe. 
 
I can't feel you anymore, I can't even touch the books you've read 
Every time I crawl past your door, I been wishing I was somebody else instead 
Down the highway down the tracks down the road to ecstasy 
I followed you beneath the stars hounded by your memory 
And all you raging glory. 
 
I been double-crossed now for the very last time and now I'm finally free 
I kissed goodbye the howling beast on the borderline which separated you from me 
You'll never know the hurt I suffered not the pain I raise above 
And I'll never know the same about you your holiness or your kind of love 
And it makes me feel so sorry. 
 
Idiot wind blowing through the buttons of our coats 
Blowing through the letters that we wrote 
Idiot wind blowing through the dust upon our shelves 
We're idiots babe 
It's a wonder we can even feed ourselves. 
 
 
"You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go" 
 
I've seen love go by my door 
It's never been this close before 
Never been so easy or so slow 
I've been shooting in the dark too long 
When something not right it's wrong 
Yer gonna make me lonesome when you go. 
 
Dragon clouds so high above 
I've only known careless love 
It's always hit me from below 
This time around it's more correct 
Right on target so direct 
Yer gonna make me lonesome when you go. 
 
Purple clover Queen Anne lace 
Crimson hair across your face 
You could make me cry if you don't know 
Can't remember what I was thinking of 
You might be spoiling me too much love 
Yer gonna make me lonesome when you go. 
 
Flowers on the hillside blooming crazy 
Crickets talking back and forth in rhyme 
Blue river running slow and lazy 
I could stay with you forever 
And never realize the time. 
 
Situations have ended sad 
Relationship have all been bad 
Mine've been like Verlaine's and Rimbaud 
But there's no way I can compare 
All those scenes to this affair 
Yer gonna make me lonesome when you go. 
 
Yer gonna make me wonder what I'm doing 
Staying far behind without you 
Yer gonna make me wonder what I'm saying 
Yer gonna make me give myself a good talking to. 
 
I'll look for you in old Honolulu 
San Francisco, Ashtabula 
Yer gonna have to leave me now I know 
But I'll see you in the sky above 
In the tall grass in the ones I love 
Yer gonna make me lonesome when you go. 
 
 
"Meet Me In The Morning" 
 
Meet me in the morning 56th and Wabasha 
Meet me in the morning 56th and Wabasha 
Honey we could be in Kansas 
By time the snow begins to thaw. 
 
They say the darkest hour is right before the dawn 
They say the darkest hour is right before the dawn 
But you wouldn't know it by me 
Every day's been darkness since you been gone. 
 
Little rooster crowing there must be something on his mind 
Little rooster crowing there must be something on his mind 
Well I feel just like that rooster 
Honey ya treat me so unkind. 
 
Well I struggled through barbed wire felt the hail fall from above 
Well I struggled through barbed wire felt the hail fall from above 
Well you know I even outran the hound dogs 
Honey you know I've earned your love. 
 
Look at the sun sinking like a ship 
Look at the sun sinking like a ship 
Ain't that just like my heart babe 
When you kissed my lips ? 
 
 
"Lily, Rosemary And The Jack Of Hearts" 
 
The festival was over and the boys were all planning for a fall 
The cabaret was quiet except for the drilling in the wall 
The curfew had been lifted and the gambling wheel shut down 
Anyone with any sense had already left town 
He was standing in the doorway looking like the Jack of Hearts. 
 
He moved across the mirrored room "Set it up for everyone" he said 
Then everyone commenced to do what they were doin' before he turned their heads 
Then he walked up to a stranger and he asked him with a grin 
"Could you kindly tell me friend what time the show begins ?" 
Then he moved into the corner face down like the Jack of Hearts. 
 
Backstage the girls were playing five card stud by the stairs 
Lily had two queens she was hoping for a third to match her pair 
Outside the streets were filling up, the window was open wide 
A gentle breeze was blowing, you could feel it from inside 
Lily called another bet and drew up the Jack of Hearts. 
 
Big Jim was no one's fool, he owned the town's only diamond mine 
He made his usual entrance looking so dandy and so fine 
With his bodyguards and silver cane and every hair in place 
He took whatever he wanted to and he laid it all to waste 
But his bodyguards and silver cane were no match for the Jack of Hearts. 
 
Rosemary combed her hair and took a carriage into town 
She slipped in through the side door looking like a queen without a crown 
She fluttered her false eyelashes and whispered in his ear 
"Sorry darling, that I'm late", but he didn't seem to hear 
He was starring into space over at the Jack of Hearts. 
 
"I know I've seen that face somewhere" Big Jim was thinking to himself 
"Maybe down in Mexico or a picture up on somebodys shelf" 
But then the crowd began to stamp their feet and the house lights did dim 
And in the darkness of the room there was only Jim and him 
Starring at the butterfly who just drew the Jack of Hearts. 
 
Lily was a princess she was fair-skinned and precious as a child 
She did whatever she had to do she had that certain flash every time she smiled 
She'd come away from a broken home had lots of strange affairs 
With men in every walk of life which took her everywhere 
But she's never met anyone quite like the Jack of Hearts. 
The hanging judge came in unnoticed and was being wined and dined 
The drilling in the wall kept up but no one seemed to pay it any mind 
It was known all around that Lily had Jim's ring 
And nothing would ever come between Lily and the king 
No nothing ever would except maybe the Jack of Hearts. 
 
Rosemary started drinking hard and seeing her reflection in the knife 
She was tired of the attention tired of playing the role of Big Jim's wife 
She had done a lot of bad things even once tried suicide 
Was looking to do just one good deed before she died 
She was gazing to the future riding on the Jack of Hearts. 
 
Lily took her dress off and buried it away 
"Has your luck turn out" she laughed at him'. 
"Well I guess you must have known it would someday 
Be careful not to touch the wall there's a brand new coat of paint 
I'm glad to see you're still alive you're looking like a saint" 
Down the hallway footsteps were coming for the Jack of Hearts. 
 
The backstage manager was pacing all around by his chair 
"There's something funny going on" he said " I can just feel it in the air" 
He went to get the hanging judge but the hanging judge was drunk 
As the leading actor hurried by in the costume of a monk 
There was no actor anywhere better than the Jack of Hearts. 
 
No one knew the circumstance, but they say it happened pretty quick 
The door to the dressing room burst open a cold revolver clicked 
And big Jim was standing there ya couldn't say surprised 
Rosemary right beside him steady in her eyes 
She was with big Jim but she was leaning to the Jack of Hearts. 
 
Two doors down the boys finally made it through the wall 
And cleaned out the bank safe it's said that they got off with quite a haul 
In the darkness by the riverbed they waited on the ground 
For one more member who had business back in town 
But they couldn't go no further without the Jack of Hearts. 
 
The next day was hanging day the sky was overcast and black 
Big Jim lay covered up killed by a penknife in the back 
And Rosemary on the gallows she didn't even blink 
The hanging judge was sober he hadn't had a drink 
The only person on the scene missing was the Jack of Hearts. 
The cabaret was empty now a sign said. "Closed for repair" 
Lily had already taken all of the dye out of her hair 
She was thinking about her father who she was rarely saw 
Thinking about Rosemary and thinking about the law 
But most of all she was thinking about the Jack of Hearts. 
 
 
"If You See Her, Say Hello" 
 
If you see her say hello she might be in Tangier 
She left here last early spring is living there I hear 
Say for me that I'm all right though things get kind of slow 
She might think that I've forgotten her don't tell her it isn't so. 
 
We had a falling-out like lovers often will 
And to think of how she left that night it still brings me a chill 
And though our separation it pierced me to the heart 
She still lives inside of me we've never been apart. 
 
If you get close to her kiss her once for me 
I always have respected her for doing what she did and getting free 
Oh whatever makes her happy I won't stay in the way 
Though the bitter taste still lingers on from the night I tried to make her stay 
 
I see a lot of people as I make the rounds 
And I hear her name here and there as I go from town to town 
And I've never gotten used to it I've just learned to turn it off 
Either I'm too sensitive or else I'm getting soft. 
 
Sundown yellow moon I replay the past 
I know every scene by heart they all went by so fast 
If she's passing back this way I'm not that hard to find 
Tell her she can look me up if she's got the time. 
 
 
"Shelter From The Storm" 
 
I was in another lifetime one of toil and blood 
When blackness was a virtue and the road was full of mud 
I came in from the wilderness a creature void of form 
"Come in" she said 
"I'll give you shelter from the storm". 
 
And if I pass this way again you can rest assured 
I'll always do my best for her on that I give my word 
In a world of steel-eyed death and men who are fighting to be warm 
"Come in" she said 
"I'll give you shelter from the storm". 
 
Not a word was spoke between us there was little risk involved 
Everything up to that point had been left unresolved 
Try imagining a place where it's always safe and warm 
"Come in" she said 
"I'll give you shelter from the storm". 
 
I was burned out from exhaustion buried in the hail 
Poisoned in the bushes and blown out on the trail 
Hunted like a crocodile ravaged in the corn 
"Come in" she said 
"I'll give you shelter from the storm". 
 
Suddenly I turned around and she was standing there 
With silver bracelets on her wrists and flowers in her hair 
She walked up to me so gracefully and took my crown of thorns 
"Come in" she said 
"I'll give you shelter from the storm". 
 
Now there's a wall between us something there's been lost 
I took too much for granted got my signals crossed 
Just to think that it all began on a long-forgotten morn 
"Come in" she said 
"I'll give you shelter from the storm". 
 
Well the deputy walks on hard nails and the preacher rides a mount 
But nothing really matters much it's doom alone that counts 
And the one-eyed undertaker he blows a futile horn 
"Come in" she said 
"I'll give you shelter from the storm". 
I've heard newborn babies wailing like a mourning dove 
And old men with broken teeth stranded without love 
Do I understand your question man is it hopeless and forlorn 
"Come in" she said 
"I'll give you shelter from the storm". 
 
In a little hilltop village they gambled for my clothes 
I bargained for salvation and they gave me a lethal dose 
I offered up my innocence and got repaid with scorn 
"Come in" she said 
"I'll give you shelter from the storm". 
 
Well I'm living in a foreign country but I'm bound to cross the line 
Beauty walks a razor's edge someday I'll make it mine 
If I could only turn back the clock to when God and her were born 
"Come in" she said 
"I'll give you shelter from the storm". 
 
 
"Buckets Of Rain" 
 
Buckets of rain 
Buckets of tears 
Got all them buckets coming out of my ears 
Buckets of moonbeams in my hand 
You got all the love honey baby 
I can stand. 
 
I been meek 
And hard like and oak 
I seen pretty people disappear like smoke 
Friends will arrive friends will disappear 
If you want me honey baby 
I'll be there. 
 
I like your smile 
And your fingertips 
I like the way that you move your lips 
I like the cool way you look at me 
Everything about you is bringing me 
Misery. 
 
Little red wagon 
Little red bike 
I ain't no monkey but I know what I like 
I like the way you love me strong and slow 
I'm taking you with me honey baby 
When I go. 
 
Life is sad 
Life is a bust 
All ya can do is do what you must 
You do what you must do and ya do it well 
I'll do it for you honey baby 
Can't you tell ? 
 

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