9. Bob Dylan - Blonde On Blonde

Bob Dylan

 

Blonde on Blonde featured Dylan demonstrating remarkable powers over the course of 14 new songs. Recorde in Nashville with session men like Al Kooper and Robbie Robertson, Dylan continued to inspire the youth with his warped lyrics and phrasing. The album has a crazed, fun-house ambiance. Dylan at his wildest creation.
"Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" 
 
Well, they'll stone ya when you're trying to be so good 
They'll stone ya just a-like they said they would 
They'll stone ya when you're tryin' to go home 
Then they'll stone ya when you're there all alone 
But I would not feel so all alone 
Everybody must get stoned. 
 
Well, they'll stone ya when you're walkin' 'long the street 
They'll stone ya when you're tryin' to keep your seat 
They'll stone ya when you're walkin' on the floor 
They'll stone ya when you're walkin' to the door 
But I would not feel so all alone 
Everybody must get stoned. 
 
They'll stone ya when you're at the breakfast table 
They'll stone ya when you are young and able 
They'll stone ya when you're tryin' to make a buck 
They'll stone ya and then they'll say "good luck" 
Tell ya what, I would not feel so all alone 
Everybody must get stoned. 
 
Well, They'll stone you and say that it's the end 
Then they'll stone you and then they'll come back again 
They'll stone you when you're riding in your car 
They'll stone you when you're playing your guitar 
Yes, but I would not feel so all alone 
Everybody must get stoned. 
 
Well, they'll stone you when you walk all alone 
They'll stone you when you are walking home 
They'll stone you and then say you are brave 
They'll stone you when you are set down in your grave 
But I would not feel so all alone 
Everybody must get stoned. 
 
 
"Pledging My Time" 
 
Well, early in the morning 
'Til late at night 
I got a poison headache 
But I feel all right 
I'm pledging my time to you 
Hopin' you'll come through too. 
 
Well, the hobo got you high 
He came to me natur'ly 
After he stole my baby 
Then he wanted to steal me 
But I'm pledging my time to you 
Hopin' you'll come through too. 
 
Won't you come with me baby ? 
I'll take you where you wanna go 
And if I don't work out 
You'll be the first to know 
I'm pledging my time to you 
Hopin' you'll come through too. 
 
Well, the room is so stuffy 
I can hardly breathe 
Ev'rybody's gone but me and you 
And I can't be the last to leave 
I'm pledging my time to you 
Hopin' you'll come through too. 
 
Well, they sent for the ambulance 
And one was sent 
Somebody got lucky 
But it was an accident 
Now, I'm pledging my time to you 
Hopin' you'll come through too. 
 
 
"Visions Of Johanna" 
 
Ain't it just like the night to play tricks when you're tryin' to be so quiet ? 
We sit here stranded, though we're all doin our best to deny it 
And Louise holds a handfull of rain, tempting you to defy it 
Lights flicker from the opposite loft 
In this room the heat pipes just cough 
The country music station plays soft 
But there's nothing really nothing to turn of 
Just Louise and her lover so entwined 
And these visions of Johanna that conquer my mind. 
 
In the empty lot where the ladies play blindman's bluff with the key chain 
And the all-night girls they whisper of escapades out on the D-train 
We can hear the night watcman click his flashlight 
Ask himself if it's him or them that's really insane 
Louise she's all right she's just near 
She's delicate and seems like the mirror 
But she just makes it all too concise and too clear 
That Johanna's not here 
The ghost of electricity howls in the bones of her face 
Where these visions of Johanna have now taken my place. 
 
Now, little boy lost, he takes himself so seriously 
He brags of his misery, he likes to live dangerously 
And when bringing her name up 
He speaks of a farewell kiss to me 
He's sure got a lotta gall to be so useless and all 
Muttering small talk at the wall while I'm in the hall 
Oh, how can I explain ? 
It's so hard to get on 
And these visions of Johanna they kept me up past the dawn. 
 
Inside the museums, Infinity goes up on trial 
Voices echo this is what salvation must be like after a while 
But Mona Lisa musta had the highway blues 
You can tell by the way she smiles 
See the primitive wallflower freeze 
When the jelly-faced women all sneeze 
Hear the one with the mustache say, "Jeeze 
I can't find my knees" 
Oh, jewels and binoculars hang from the head of the mule 
But these visions of Johanna, they make it all seem so cruel. 
 
The peddler now speaks to the countess who's pretending to care for him 
Saying, "Name me someone that's not a parasite and I'll go out and say a prayer for him" 
But like Louise always says 
"Ya can't look at much, can ya man " 
 
As she, herself prepares for him 
And Madonna, she still has not showed 
We see this empty cage now corrode 
Where her cape of the stage once had flowed 
The fiddler, he now steps to the road 
He writes ev'rything's been returned which was owed 
On the back of the fish truck that loads 
While my conscience explodes 
The harmonicas play the skeleton keys and the rain 
And these visions of Johanna are now all that remain. 
 
 
"One Of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later)" 
 
I didn't mean to treat you so bad 
You shouldn't take it so personal 
I didn't mean to make you so sad 
You just happened to be there, that's all 
When I saw you say goodbye to your friends and smile 
I thought that it was well understood 
That you'd be comin' back in a little while 
I didn't know that you were sayin' goodbye for good. 
 
But sooner or later one of us must know 
But you just did what you're supposed to do 
Sooner or later one of us must know 
That I really did try to get close to you. 
 
I couldn't see what you could show me 
Your scarf had kept your mouth well hid 
I couldn't see how you could know me 
But you said you knew me and I believed you did 
When you whispered in my ear 
And asked me if I was leavin' with you or her 
I didn't realize just what I did hear 
I didn't realize how young you were. 
 
But sooner or later one of us must know 
But you just doing what you're supposed to do 
Sooner or later one of us must know 
That I really did try to get close to you. 
 
I couldn't see when it started snowin' 
Your voice was all that I heard 
I couldn't see where we were goin' 
But you said you knew and I took your word 
And then you told me later as I apologized 
That you were just kiddin' me, you weren't really from the farm 
And I told you, as you clawed out my eyes 
That I never really meant to do you any harm. 
 
But sooner or later one of us must know 
But you just did what you're supposed to do 
Sooner or later one of us must know 
That I really did try to get close to you. 
 
 
"I Want You" 
 
The guilty undertaker sighs 
The lonesome organ grinder cries 
The silver saxophones say I should refuse you 
The cracked bells and washed-out horns 
Blow into my face with scorn 
But it's not that way 
I wasn't born to lose you 
I want you, I want you 
I want you so bad 
Honey, I want you. 
 
The drunken politician leaps 
Upon the street where mothers weep 
And the saviors who are fast asleep 
They wait for you 
And I wait for them to interrupt 
Me drinkin' from my broken cup 
And ask for me 
Open up the gate for you 
I want you, I want you 
Yes, I want you so bad 
Honey, I want you. 
 
Now all my fathers they've gone down 
True love they've been without it 
But all their daughters put me down 
'Cause I don't think about it. 
 
Well, I return to the Queen of Spades 
And talk with my chambermaid 
She knows that I'm not afraid 
To look at her 
She is good to me 
And there's nothing she doesn't see 
She knows where I'd like to be 
But it doesn't matter 
I want you, I want you 
Yes, I want you so bad 
Honey, I want you. 
 
Now your dancing child with his Chinese suit 
He spoke to me, I took his flute 
No, I wasn't very cute to him - Was I ? 
But I did though because he lied 
Because he took you for a ride 
And because time was on his side 
And because I .. 
I want you, I want you 
Yes, I want you so bad 
Honey, I want you. 
 
 
"Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again" 
 
Oh, the ragman draws circles 
Up and down the block 
I'd ask him what the matter was 
But I know that he don't talk 
And the ladies treat me kindly 
And furnish me with tape 
But deep inside my heart 
I know I can't escape 
Oh, Mama, can this really be the end 
To be stuck inside of Mobile 
With the Memphis blues again. 
 
Well Shakespeare he's in the alley 
With his pointed shoes and his bells 
Speaking to some French girl 
Who says she knows me well 
And I would send a message 
To find out if she's talked 
But the post office has been stolen 
And the mailbox is locked 
Oh, Mama, can this really be the end 
To be stuck inside of Mobile 
With the Memphis blues again. 
 
Mona tried to tell me 
To stay away from the train line 
She said that all the railroad men 
Just drink up your blood like wine 
And I said "Oh I didn't know that 
But then again there's only one I've met 
And he just smoked my eyelids 
And punched my cigarette" 
Oh, Mama, can this really be the end 
To be stuck inside of Mobile 
With the Memphis blues again. 
Grandpa died last week 
And now he's buried in the rocks 
But everybody still talks about 
How badly they were shocked 
But me, I expected it to happen 
I knew he'd lost control 
When he built a fire on Main Street 
And shot it full of holes 
Oh, Mama, can this really be the end 
To be stuck inside of Mobile 
With the Memphis blues again. 
 
Now the senator came down here 
Showing ev'ryone his gun 
Handing out free tickets 
To the wedding of his son 
And me, I nearly get bursted 
And wouldn't it be my luck 
To get caught without a ticket 
And be discovered beneath a truck 
Oh, Mama, can this really be the end 
To be stuck inside of Mobile 
With the Memphis blues again. 
 
Now the preacher looked so baffled 
When I asked him why he dressed 
With twenty pounds of headlines 
Stapled to his chest 
But he cursed me when I proved it to him 
Then I whispered, "Not even you can hide 
You see, you're just like me 
I hope you're satisfied" 
Oh, Mama, can this really be the end 
To be stuck inside of Mobile 
With the Memphis blues again. 
Now the rainman gave me two cures 
Then he said, "Jump right in" 
The one was Texas medicine 
The other was just railroad gin 
And like a fool I mixed them 
And it strangled up my mind 
And now, people just get uglier 
And I have no sense of time 
Oh, Mama, can this really be the end 
To be stuck inside of Mobile 
With the Memphis blues again. 
 
When Ruthie says come see her 
In her honky-tonk lagoon 
Where I can watch her waltz for free 
'Neath her Panamanian moon 
And I say, "Aw come on now 
You know you know about my debutante" 
And she says, "Your debutante just knows what you need 
But I know what you want" 
Oh, Mama, can this really be the end 
To be stuck inside of Mobile 
With the Memphis blues again. 
 
Now the bricks lay on Grand Street 
Where the neon madmen climb 
They all fall there so perfectly 
It all seems so well timed 
And here I sit so patiently 
Waiting to find out what price 
You have to pay to get out of 
Going through all these things twice 
Oh, Mama, is this really the end 
To be stuck inside of Mobile 
With the Memphis blues again. 
 
 
"Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat" 
 
Well, I see you got your brand new leopard-skin pill-box hat 
Yes, I see you got your brand new leopard-skin pill-box hat 
Well, you must tell me, baby 
How your head feels under somethin' like that 
Under your brand new leopard-skin pill-box hat. 
 
Well, you look so pretty in it 
Honey, can I jump on it sometime ? 
Yes, I just wanna see 
If it's really that expensive kind 
You know it balances on your head 
Just like a mattress balances 
On a bottle of wine 
Your brand new leopard-skin pill-box hat. 
 
Well, if you wanna see the sun rise 
Honey, I know where 
We'll go out and see it sometime 
We'll both just sit there and stare 
Me with my belt 
Wrapped around my head 
And you just sittin' there 
In you brand new leopard-skin pill-box hat. 
 
Well, I asked the doctor if I could see you 
It's bad for your health, he said 
Yes, I disobeyed his orders 
I came to see you 
But I found him there instead 
You know, I don't mind him cheatin' on me 
But I sure wish he'd take that off his head 
Your brand new leopard-skin pill-box hat. 
 
Well, I see you got a new boyfriend 
You know, I never seen him before 
Well, I saw him 
Makin' love to you 
You forgot to close the garage door 
You might think he loves you for your money 
But I know what he really loves you for 
It's your brand new leopard-skin pill-box hat. 
 
 
"Just Like A Woman" 
 
Nobody feels any pain 
Tonight as I stand inside the rain 
Ev'rybody knows 
That Baby's got new clothes 
But lately I see her ribbons and her bows 
Have fallen from her curls 
She takes just like a woman, yes she does 
She makes love just like a woman, yes she does 
And she aches just like a woman 
But she breaks just like a little girl. 
 
Queen Mary, she's my friend 
Yes, I believe I'll go see her again 
Nobody has to guess 
That Baby can't be blessed 
Till she finally sees that she's like all the rest 
With her fog, her amphetamine and her pearls 
She takes just like a woman, yes she does 
She makes love just like a woman, yes she does 
And she aches just like a woman 
But she breaks just like a little girl. 
 
It's was raining from the first 
And I was dying there of thirst 
So I came in here 
And your long-time curse hurts 
But what's worse 
Is this pain in here 
I can't stay in here 
Ain't it clear that. 
 
I just can't fit 
Yes, I believe it's time for us to quit 
When we meet again 
Introduced as friends 
Please don't let on that you knew me when 
I was hungry and it was your world 
Ah, you fake just like a woman, yes you do 
You make love just like a woman, yes you do 
Then you ache just like a woman 
But you break just like a little girl. 
 
 
"Most Likely You Go Your Way And I'll Go Mine" 
 
You say you love me 
And you're thinkin' of me 
But you know you could be wrong 
You say you told me 
That you wanna hold me 
But you know you're not that strong 
I just can't do what I done before 
I just can't beg you any more 
I'm gonna let your pass 
And I'll go last 
Then time will tell just who has fell 
And who's been left behind 
When you go your way and I go mine. 
 
You say you disturb me 
And you don't deserve me 
But you know sometimes you lie 
You say you're shakin' 
And you're always achin' 
But you know how hard you try 
Sometimes it gets so hard to care 
It can't be this way ev'rywhere 
And I'm gonna let you pass 
Yes, and I'll go last 
Then time will tell who has fell 
And who's been left behind 
When you go your way and I go mine. 
 
The judge, he holds a grudge 
He's gonna call on you 
But he's badly built 
And he walks on stilts 
Watch out he don't fall on you. 
 
You say you're sorry 
For tellin' stories 
That you know I believe are true 
You say ya got some 
Other kinda lover 
And yes, I belive you do 
You say my kisses are not like his 
But this time I'm not gonna tell you why that is 
I'm just gonna let you pass 
Yes, and I'll go last 
Then time will tell who has fell 
And who's been left behind 
When you go your way and I go mine. 
 
 
"Temporary Like Achilles" 
 
Standing on your window honey 
Yes, I've been here before 
Feeling so harmless 
I'm looking at your second door 
How come you don't send me no regards ? 
You know I want your lovin' 
Honey, why are you so hard ? 
 
Kneeling 'neath your ceiling 
Yes, I guess I'll be here for a while 
I'm trying' to read your portrait, but 
I'm helpless, like a rich man's child 
How come you send someone out to have me barred ? 
You know I want your lovin' 
Honey, why are you so hard ? 
 
Like a poor fool in his prime 
Yes, I know you can hear me walk 
But is your heart made out of stone, or is it lime 
Or is it just solid rock ? 
 
Well, I rush into your hallway 
Lean against your velvet door 
I watch upon your scorpion 
Who crawls across your circus floor 
Just what do you think you have to guard ? 
You know I want your lovin' 
Honey, but you're so hard. 
 
Achilles is in your alleyway 
He don't want me here 
He does brag 
He's pointing to the sky 
And he's hungry, like a man in drag 
How come you get someone like him to be your guard ? 
You know I want your lovin' 
Honey, but you're so hard. 
 
 
"Absolutely Sweet Marie" 
 
Well, your railroad gate, you know I just can't jump it 
Sometimes it gets so hard, you see 
I'm just sitting here beating on my trumpet 
With all these promises you left for me 
But where are you tonight, sweet Marie ? 
 
Well, I waited for you when I was half sick 
Yes, I waited for you when you hated me 
Well, I waited for you inside of the frozen traffic 
When you knew I had some other place to be 
Now where are you tonight, sweet Marie ? 
 
Well, anybody can be just like me, obviously 
But then, now again, not too many can be like you, fortunately. 
 
Well, six white horses that you did promise 
Were fin'ly delivered down to the penitentiary 
But to live outside the law, you must be honest 
I know you always say that you agree 
But where are you tonight, sweet Marie ? 
 
Well I don't know how it happened 
But the river-boat captain he knows my fate 
But ev'rybody else, even yourself 
They're just gonna have to wait. 
 
Well, I got the fever down in my pockets 
The Persian drunkard, he follows me 
Yes, I can take him to your house but I can't unlock it 
You see, you forgot to leave me with the key 
Oh, where are you tonight, sweet Marie ? 
 
Now, I been in jail when all my mail showed 
That a man can't give his address out to bad company 
And now I stand here lookin' at your yellow railroad 
In the ruins of your balcony 
Wond'ring where you are tonight, sweet Marie ? 
 
 
"4th Time Around" 
 
When she said 
"Don't waste your words, they're just lies" 
I cried she was deaf 
And she worked on my face until breaking my eyes 
Then said, "What else you got left" 
It was then that I got up to leave 
But she said, "Don't forget 
Everybody must give something back 
For something they get". 
 
I stood there and hummel 
I tapped on her drum and asked her how come 
And she buttoned her boot 
And straightened her suit 
Then she said, "Don't get cute" 
So I forced my hands in my pockets 
And felt with my thumbs 
And gallantly handed her 
My very last piece of gum. 
 
She threw me outside 
I stood in the dirt where ev'ryone walked 
And after finding I'd 
Forgotten my shirt 
I went back and knocked 
I waited in the hallway, she went to get it 
And I tried to make sense 
Out of that picture of you in your wheelchair 
That leaned up against ... 
 
Her Jamaican rum 
And when she did come, I asked her for some 
She said, "No dear" 
I said, "Your words aren't clear 
You'd better spit out your gum" 
She screamed till her face got so red 
Then she fell on the floor 
And I covered her up and then 
Thought I'd go look through her drawer. 
And when I was through 
I filled up my shoe 
And brought it to you 
And you, you took me in 
You loved me then 
You didn't waste time 
And I, I never took much 
I never asked for your crutch 
Now dont ask for mine. 
 
 
"Obviously Five Believers" 
 
Early in the mornin' 
Early in the mornin' 
I'm callin' you to 
I'm callin' you to 
Please come home 
Yes, I guess, I could make it without you 
If I just didn't feel so all alone. 
 
Don't let me down 
Don't let me down 
I won't let your down 
I won't let your down 
No I won't 
You know I can if you can, honey 
But honey, please don't. 
 
I got my black dog barkin' 
Black dog barkin' 
Yes, it is now 
Yes, it is now 
Outside my yard 
Yes, I could tell you what he means 
If I just didn't have to try so hard. 
 
Your mama's workin' 
Your mama's moanin' 
She's cryin' you know 
She's cryin' you know 
You better go now 
Well, I'd tell you what she wants 
But I just don't know how. 
Fifteen jugglers 
Fifteen jugglers 
Five believers 
Five believers 
All dressed like men 
Tell yo' mama not to worry because 
They're just my friends. 
 
Early in the mornin' 
Early in the mornin' 
I'm callin' you to 
I'm callin' you to 
Please come home 
Yes, I guess, I could make it without you 
If I just didn't feel so all alone. 
 
 
"Sad-Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands" 
 
With your mercury mouth in the missionary times 
And your eyes like smoke and your prayers like rhymes 
And your silver cross, and your voice like chimes 
Oh, who do they think could bury you ? 
With your pockets well protected at last 
And your streetcar visions which you place on the grass 
And your flesh like silk, And you face like glass 
Who among them do they think could carry you ? 
Sad-eyed lady of the lowlands 
Where the sad-eyed prophet says that no man comes 
My warehouse eyes, my Arabian drums 
Should I put them by your gate 
Oh, sad-eyed lady, should I wait ? 
 
With your sheets like metal and your belt like lace 
And your deck of cards missing the jack and the ace 
And your basement clothes and your hollow face 
Who among them can think he could outguess you ? 
With your silhouette when the sunlight dims 
Into your eyes where the moonlight swims 
And your match-book songs and your gypsy hymns 
Who among them would try to impress you ? 
Sad-eyed lady of the lowlands 
Where the sad-eyed prophet says that no man comes 
My warehouse eyes, my Arabian drums 
Should I put them by your gate 
Oh, sad-eyed lady, should I wait ? 
 
The kings of Tyrus with their convict list 
Are waiting in line for their geranium kiss 
And you wouldn't know it would happen like this 
But who among them really wants just to kiss you ? 
With your childhood flames on your midnight rug 
And your Spanish manners, and your mother's drugs 
And your cowboy mouth and your curfew plugs 
Who among them do you think could resist you ? 
Sad-eyed lady of the lowlands 
Where the sad-eyed prophet says that no man comes 
My warehouse eyes, my Arabian drums 
Should I leave them by your gate 
Oh, sad-eyed lady, should I wait ? 
Oh, the farmers and the businessmen they all did decide 
To show you the dead angels that they used to hide 
But why did they pick you to sympathize with their side ? 
How could they ever mistake you ? 
They wished you'd accepted the blame for the farm 
But with the sea at your feet and the phony false alarm 
And with the child of a hoodlum wrapped up in your arms 
How could they ever, ever persuade you ? 
Sad-eyed lady of the lowlands 
Where the sad-eyed prophet says that no man comes 
My warehouse eyes, my Arabian drums 
Should I leave them by your gate 
Oh, sad-eyed lady, should I wait ? 
 
With your sheet-metal memory of Cannery Row 
And your magazine-husband who one day just had to go 
And your gentleness now, which you just can't help but show 
Who among them do you think would employ you ? 
Now you stand with your thief, you're on his parole 
With your holy medallion which your fingertips fold 
And your saintlike face and your ghostlike soul 
Who among them do you think could destroy you ? 
Sad-eyed lady of the lowlands 
Where the sad-eyed prophet says that no man comes 
My warehouse eyes, my Arabian drums 
Should I leave them by your gate 
Oh, sad-eyed lady, should I wait ? 

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