WORDS FILL MY HEAD

 

Tell Tale Signs

 

Ain't Talkin' 1

Born In Time. 3

Can't Escape From You. 3

Can't Wait 5

Dignity. 6

Dreamin' Of You. 8

Huck's Tune. 10

Marchin' To The City. 11

Mississippi 13

Red River Shore. 14

Someday Baby. 16

 

Sources:

TELL TALE SIGNS: THE BOOTLEG SERIES VOL. 8 RARE AND UNRELEASED 1989-2006

All Along TheWatchtower.dk

 

 

Ain't Talkin'

 

As I walked out tonight in the mystic garden,
The wounded flowers were dangling from the vine,
I was passiní by yong cool and crystal fountain,
Someone hit me from behind.

Ainít talkiní, just walkiní
Through this weary world of woe.
Heart burniní, still yearniní
No one on earth would ever know.

They say prayer has the power to heal, so pray for me, mother.
In the human heart, an evil spirit will dwell.
Iím tryiní to love my neighbor and do good unto others,
But oh, mother things ainít goiní well

Ainít talkiní, just walkiní
Iíll burn that bridge before you get across.
Heart burniní, still yearniní
Thereíll be no mercy for you once youíve lost

Iím all worn out from weeping,
My eyes are full of tears and my lips are dry.
If I ever catch my opponents sleeping,
Iíll slaughter them where they lie.

Ainít talkiní, just walkiní
Through a world mysterious and vague.
Heart burniní, still yearniní
Walkiní through the cities of the plague.

 

The whole world is filled with speculation,

The whole world which people say is round

I've got no time for idle conversation

I need to find a doctor in this town

 

Ain't talking, just walking

All rails leading to the west

Heart burning, still yearning

I'm gonna throw myself upon your loving breast

 

It's the first new day of a grand and a glorious Autumn

The queen of love is coming across the grass

None dare call her anything but madam

No one flirts with her or even makes a pass

 

Ain't talking, just walking

Standing outside the gates of wrath

Heart burning, still yearning

Take a little trip down the primrose path

 

I got the worst old feeling and it's getting stronger

I'm worn out with public service, I'm beginning to crack

I won't stay on any longer

I'll avenge my father's death then I'll step back

 

Ain't talking, just walking

Hand me down my walking cane

Heart burning, still yearning

Trying to get you out of my miserable brain

 

As I walked out tonight in the mystic garden

The wounded flowers were dangling from the vine

I was passing by yong cool and crystal fountain

Someone hit me from behind

 

Ain't talking, just walking

You ride 'em high and down you go

Heart burning, still yearning

No one on earth will ever know

 

[TOP]

 

Born In Time

 

Version 1

Version 2

In the lonely night

In the stardust of a pale blue light

I think of you in black and white

When we were made of dreams

 

I walk alone through the shaking street

Listening to my heart beat

In the record-breaking heat

When we were born in time

 

Just when I thought

You were gone, you came back

Just when I was ready

To receive you

 

You were smooth, you were rough

You were more than enough

Oh babe, why did I ever leave you?

Or grieve you?

 

On the rising curve

Where the ways of nature will test every nerve

I took you close and got what I deserved

When we were born in time

 

Just when I knew

Who to thank, you went blank

Just when the firelight

Was gleaming

 

You were snow, you were rain

You were striped, you were plain

Oh babe, could it be that you were scheming?

Or was I dreaming?

 

In the hills of mystery

In the foggy web of destiny

You're still so deep inside of me

When we were born in time

In the lonely night

In the smoking stardust of a pale blue light

You're standing there in black and white

Where we were made of dreams

 

I walk alone through the shaky streets

Listening to my heart beat

In the record-breaking heat

Where we were born in time

 

Just when I thought

You were gone, you came back

Just when I knew

It was for certain

 

You were high, you were low

You were so easy to know

Oh babe, now it's time to raise the curtain

I'm hurting

 

Up on the rising curve

Where the ways of nature will test every nerve

Took me in and I got what I deserved

Where we were born in time

 

Just when I knew

Who to thank, you went blank

Just when the home-fires

Start smoking

 

You were snow, you were rain

You were striped, you were plain

Oh babe, truer words have not been spoken

Or broken

 

In the hills of mystery

In the foggy web of destiny

You're still so deep inside of me

Where we were born in time

 

 

[TOP]

 

Can't Escape From You

 

Oh the evening train is rolling

All along the homeward way

All my hopes are over the horizon

All my dreams have gone away

The hillside darkly shaded

Stars fall from above

All the joys of earth have faded

The night's untouched my love

I'll be here 'til tomorrow

Beneath a shroud of grey

I pretend I'm free of sorrow

My heart is miles away

The dead bells are ringing

My train is overdue

To your memory I'm clinging

I can't escape from you

 

Well I hear the sound of thunder

Roaring loud and long

Sometimes you've got to wonder

God knows I've done no wrong

You've wasted all your power

You threw out the Christmas pie

Now you're withering like a flower

You'll play the fool and die

I'm neither sad nor sorry

I'm all dressed up in black

I fought for fame and glory

You tried to break my back

In the far off sweet forever

The sunshine peeking through

We should have walked together

I can't escape from you

 

I cannot grasp the shadows

That gather near the door

Rain falls round my window

I wish I'd seen you more

The path is ever-winding

The stars they never age

The morning light is blinding

All the world's a stage

Should be the time of gladness

Happy faces everywhere

The mystery of madness

Is propagating in the air

I don't like the city

Not like some folks do

Isn't it a pity

I can't escape from you

 

We ploughed the fields of heaven

Right down to the end

I hope I can be forgiven

If any words of mine offend

All our days were splendid

They were simple, they were plain

It never should have ended

I should have kissed you in the rain

I've been thinking things all over

All the moments full of grace

The primrose and the clover

Your ever-changing face

Can't help looking at you

You made love with god-knows-who

Never found a gal to match you

I can't escape from you

 

[TOP]

 

 

Can't Wait

 

Version 1

Version 2

I can't wait

Wait for you to change your mind

I can't wait

Waiting just making me go blind

Do you ever lay awake at night

Your face turned to the wall

Drowning in your thoughtlessness

And cut off from it all

I don't know

Maybe for you it's not that late

But as for me

Don't know how much longer I can wait

 

It's got to end

Everything about it just feels wrong

I pretend

Being close to her is where I don't belong

Well my back is to the sun

Because the light is too intense

I can see what everybody

In the world is up against

I'll stay here

Where I can feel the hand of fate

And I don't know

How much longer I can wait

 

Skies are grey

Life is short and I think of her a lot

I can't say

If I want the pain to end or not

Well the blindness overtaking me

Is beating like a drum

I don't know where it starts

Or where it's coming from

That's how it is

Well, try to concentrate

And I don't know

How much longer I can wait

 

I been drinking

Drinking forbidden juices

I been living

Living on lame excuses

 

My hands are cold

The end of time has just begun

I'm getting old

Anything can happen now to anyone

I walk across the floor

'Til I wear out my shoes

You think you've lost it all

There's always more to lose

Iím so clear

She can keep my head on straight

And I don't know

How much longer I can wait

I can't wait

Wait for you to change your mind

I can't wait

For you to walk the line

You ever feel just like your brain

Been bolted to the wall

That you're drowning in your thoughtlessness

And cut off from it all

 

I don't know

Maybe for you it's not that late

But as for me

I don't know how much longer I can wait

 

It's got to end

Everything about it just feels wrong

I'll pretend

Being close to her is where I don't belong

 

Well my back is to the sun

Because the light is too intense

I can see what everybody

In the world is up against

That's how it is

When things disintegrate

And I don't know

How much longer I can wait

 

Skies are grey

Life is short and I think of her a lot

Every day

I can't say whether I want the pain to even end or not

Well I'm trying my best

To stand on my own two feet

Not have to lean on

Everybody that I meet

I'm breathing hard

I'm trying to concentrate

And I don't know

How much longer I can wait

 

I'm torn and I'm tattered

I been rolling through the stormy weather

My heart's been shattered

But I'm holding all the parts of it together

 

My hands are cold

The end of time has just begun

I'm getting old

Anything can happen now to anyone

Loneliness around me

Digging in me like a rake

What a piece of work she is

To cause my heart to break

I thought somehow

That I'd be spared this fate

And I don't know

How much longer I can wait

 

[TOP]

 

 

Dignity

Version 2

 

Fat man looking in a Ferris wheel

Yellow man looking in his last meal

Hollow man looking in a cottonfield

For dignity

 

Wise man looking in a blade of grass

Young man looking in the days that pass

Poor man looking through painted glass

For dignity

 

Dignity is a woman that knows

Dignity moves like a tropical wind that blows

Into the cities, into the towns

Into the land of the midnight sun

 

I'm searching high, I'm searching low

Searching everywhere I know

Asking the cops wherever I go

Have you seen dignity?

 

Drunk man listens to a voice he hears

In a crowded room full of covered-up mirrors

Looking into the lost, forgotten years

For dignity

 

Don Juan was talking to Don Miguel

Standing outside of the gates of hell

There ain't nothing to say, it ain't nothing to tell

About dignity

 

Dignity is a woman unspoiled

By fame and greed and snakes that are coiled

In the damp woods, on the river's edge

Near the green, green grass of home

 

Pull into the platform, step off the train

Walk thirty steps, it begins to rain

I'm asking somebody with water on his brain

Have you seen dignity?

 

Cities in a mess of jackhammer beats

Buses roll by with burned-out seats

A child's eyes look through the creeping streets

For dignity

 

Prince Phillip was talking to Miss Mary Lou

She said don't let nobody see me talking to you

She's afraid to tell him what she knew

About dignity

 

Dignity is a woman that's light

She don't tease, she don't travel at night

Dignity is a woman that bleeds

Like the hot Egyptian sun

 

I'm looking east, looking west

See people cursed, see people blessed

Asking everybody like a man possessed

Have you seen dignity?

 

Blind man breaking out of a trance

Puts both of his hands in the pockets of chance

Hoping to find one circumstance

Of dignity

 

Englishman stranded in the blackheart wind

Combing his hair back, his future looks thin

Bites the bullet and he looks within

For dignity

 

Somebody showed me a picture and I just laughed

Dignity never been photographed

Dignity got no starting-point

No beginning, no middle, no end

 

Looking at a glass that's half-filled

Looking at a dream that's just been killed

Asking everybody that's strong-willed

Have you seen dignity?

 

[TOP]

 

Dreamin' Of You

 

The light in this place is really bad

Like being at the bottom of a stream

Any minute now

I'm expecting to wake up from a dream

Means so much

The softest touch

Like the grave of some child,

Who neither wept or smiled

I pondered my fate in the rain

 

I've been dreaming of you

That's all I do

And it's driving me insane

 

Somewhere dawn is breaking

Light is streaking across the floor

Church-bells are ringing

I wonder who they're ringing for

Travel under any star

You'll see me wherever you are

The shadowy past

Is so vague and so vast

I'm sleeping in the palace of pain

 

I've been dreaming of you

That's all I do

But it's driving me insane

 

Maybe they'll get me, maybe they won't

But whatever it won't be tonight

I wish your hand was in mine right now

We could go where the moon is white

For years they had me locked in a cage

Then they threw me onto the stage

Some things just last longer than you thought they would

And they never ever explain

 

I've been dreaming of you

That's all I do

And it's driving me insane

 

Well I eat when I'm hungry, drink when I'm dry

Live my life on the square

Even if the flesh falls off my face

It won't matter, long as you're there

Feel like a ghost in love

Underneath the heavens above

Feel further away than I ever did before

Feel further I can take

 

Dreaminí of you

Is all I do

But it's driving me insane

 

Everything in the way is so shiny today

In queer and unusual form

Spirals of golden haze here and there in a blaze

Like beams of light in a storm

Maybe you were here and maybe you weren't

Maybe you touched somebody and got burnt

The silent sun has got me on the run

Burning a hole in my brain

 

I'm dreaminí of you

That's all I do

But it's driving me insane

 

[TOP]

 

Huck's Tune

 

Well I wandered alone through a desert of stone

And I dreamt of my future wife

My sword's in my hand and I'm next in command

In this version of death called life

My plate and my cup are right straight up

I took a rose from the hand of a child

When I kiss your lips, the honey drips

I'm gonna have to put you down for a while

 

Every day we meet on any old street

And you're in your girlish prime

The short and the tall are coming to the ball

I go there all the time

Behind every tree, there's something to see

The river is wider than a mile

I tried you twice, you can't be nice

I'm gonna have to put you down for a while

 

Here come the nurse with money in her purse

Here come the ladies and men

You push it all in and you've no chance to win

You play 'em on down to the end

I'm laying in the sand, getting a sunshine tan

Moving along, riding in style

From my toes to my head, you knock me dead

I'm gonna have to put you down for a while

 

I count the years and I shed no tears

I'm blinded to what might have been

Nature's voice makes my heart rejoice

Play me the wild song of the wind

I found hopeless love in the room above

When the sun and the weather were mild

You're as fine as wine, I ain't handing you no line

I'm gonna have to put you down for a while

 

All the merry little elves can go hang themselves

My faith is as cold as can be

I'm stacked high to the roof and I'm not without proof

If you don't believe me, come see

You think I'm blue, I think so too

In my words, you'll find no guile

The game's gotten old, the deck's gone cold

And I'm gonna have to put you down for a while

 

The game's gotten old, the deck's gone cold

I'm gonna have to put you down for a while

 

[TOP]

 

Marchin' To The City

 

Version 1

Version 2

Well I'm sitting in church

In an old wooden chair

I knew nobody

Would look for me there

Sorrow and pity

Rule the earth and the skies

Looking for nothing

Anyone's eyes

 

Once I had pretty girls

Did me wrong

Now I'm marchiní to the city

And the road ain't long

 

Snowflakes are falling

Around my head

Lord have mercy

It feel heavy like lead

I been hit too hard

Seen too much

Nothing can heal me now

But your touch

 

Once I had a pretty girl

She done me wrong

Now I'm marchiní to the city

And the road ain't long

 

Loneliness

Got a mind of its own

The more people around

The more you feel alone

I'm chained to the earth

Like a silent slave

Trying to break free

Out of death's dark cave

 

Once I had a pretty girl

Done me wrong

Now I'm marchiní to the city

And the road ain't long

 

Boys in the street

Beginning to play

Girls like birds

Flying away

I'm carrying the roses

That were given to me

And I'm thinking about paradise

Wondering what it might be

 

Once I had a pretty girl

She done me wrong

Now I'm marchiní to the city

And the road ain't long

 

Go over to London

Maybe gay Paris

Follow the river

You get to the sea

I was hoping we could drink from

Life's clear streams

I was hoping we could dream

Life's pleasant dreams

 

Once I had a pretty girl

But she done me wrong

Now I'm marchiní to the city

And the road ain't long

 

Well the weak get weaker

And the strong stay strong

The train keeps rolling

All night long

She looked at me

With an irresistible glance

With a smile

That could make all the planets dance

 

Once I had a pretty girl

She did me wrong

Now I'm marchiní to the city

And the road ain't long

 

My house is on fire

Burning to the skies

I thought the rain clouds

But the clouds passed by

When I'm gone

You'll remember my name

I'm gonna win my way

To wealth and fame

 

Once I had a pretty girl

But she did me wrong

Now I'm marchiní to the city

And the road ain't long

Loneliness

Got a mind of its own

More people around

More you feel alone

I've been chained to the earth

Like a silent slave

I'm trying to break free

Out of death's dark cave

 

Once I had a pretty girl

She did me wrong

Now I'm marchiní to the city, boys

And the road ain't long

 

I was hoping to my soul

That we'd never part

You took all the madness

Right out of my heart

I was hoping we could drink from

Life's clear streams

I was hopning we could dream from

Life's busy dreams

 

Once I had a pretty girl

She did me wrong

Now I'm marchiní to the city, boys

And the road ain't long

 

My house is burning

Up to the sky

I thought it would rain

But the clouds passed by

Sorrow and pity

Rule the earth and the skies

I'm not looking for nothing

In anyone's eyes

 

Once I had a pretty girl

She did me wrong

Now I'm marchiní to the city, boys

And the road ain't long

 

Wind is blowing

All troubles and dirt

It's time to get away

Or someone gets hurt

I just don't know

What I'm a-gonna do

I was all right

'Til I fell in love with you

 

Once I had a pretty girl

She did me wrong

Now I'm marchiní to the city, boys

And the road ain't long

 

 

[TOP]

 

Mississippi

Version 3

 

I'm standing in the shadows with an aching heart

I'm looking at the world tear itself apart

Minutes turn to hours, hours turn to days

I'm still loving you in a million ways

 

Well the devil's in the alley, there's a mule kicking in my stall

Say anything you want to, I have heard it all

I was raised in the country, I been working in town

I been in trouble ever since I set my suitcase down

 

Well I ain't got nothing for you, I had nothing before

Don't even have anything for myself anymore

The sky's full of fire, pain is pouring down

There's nothing you can sell me, I'll see you around

 

Well, I got here following the southern star

I crossed that river just to be where you are

There's only one thing I did wrong

Stayed in Mississippi a day too long

 

Well I been loving you too long, I know you ain't no good

It don't make a bit of difference to me, don't see why it should

I was thinking about the things that Rosie said

I was dreaming I was sleeping in Rosie's bed

 

Well I'm walking through the leaves falling from the trees

I feel like a stranger nobody sees

So many things we never will undo

I know you're sorry, I'm sorry too

 

Some people will offer you their hand and some won't

Last night I knew you, tonight I don't

I need something strong to distract my mind

I'm gonna look at you 'til my eyes go blind

 

Well everybody's moving, god knows where

But I'm still here and you're still there

Only one thing I did wrong

Stayed in Mississippi a day too long

 

Well my ship's been split to splinters and it's sinking fast

I'm drowning in the poison, got no future, got no past

But my heart is not weary, it's light and it's free

I got nothing but affection for those who have sailed with me

 

Winter goes into summer, summer goes into fall

I look into the mirror, don't see anything at all

Stick with me baby, stick with me anyhow

Things should start to get interesting right about now

 

My clothes are wet, tight on my skin

Not as tight as the corner that I painted myself in

I know that fortune is waiting to be kind

So give me your hand and say you'll be mine

 

The emptiness is endless, cold as the clay

You can always come back, but you can't come back all the way

Only one thing that I did wrong

Stayed in Mississippi a day too long

 

[TOP]

 

Red River Shore

Version 1

 

Some of us turn off the lights and we live

In the moonlight shooting by

Some of us scare ourselves to death in the dark

To be where the angels fly

 

Pretty maids all in a row lined up

Outside my cabin door

I've never wanted any of 'em wanting me

Except the girl from the red river shore

 

Well I sat by her side and for a while I tried

To make that girl my wife

She gave me her best advice and she said

Go home and lead a quiet life

 

Well I been to the east and I been to the west

And I been out where the black winds roar

Somehow though I never did get that far

With the girl from the red river shore

 

Well I knew when I first laid eyes on her

I could never be free

One look at her and I knew right away

She should always be with me

 

Well the dream dried up a long time ago

Don't know where it is anymore

True to life, true to me

Was the girl from the red river shore

 

Well I'm wearing the cloak of misery

And I've tasted jilted love

And the frozen smile upon my face

Fits me like a glove

 

Well I can't escape from the memory

Of the one I'll always adore

All those nights when I lay in the arms

Of the girl from the red river shore

 

Well we're living in the shadows of a fading past

Trapped in the fires of time

I've tried not to ever hurt anybody

And to stay out of the life of crime

 

And when it's all been said and done

I never did know the score

One more day is another day away

From the girl from the red river shore

 

Well I'm a stranger here in a strange land

But I know this is where I belong

I'll ramble and gamble for the one I love

And the hills will give me a song

 

Though nothing looks familiar to me

I know I've stayed here before

Once a thousand nights ago

With the girl from the red river shore

 

Well I went back to see about her once

Went back to straighten it out

Everybody that I talked to had seen us there

Said they didn't know who I was talking about

 

Well the sun went down on me a long time ago

I've had to pull back from the door

I wish I could have spent every hour of my life

With the girl from the red river shore

 

Now I heard of a guy who lived a long time ago

A man full of sorrow and strife

That if someone around him died and was dead

He knew how to bring 'em on back to life

 

Well I don't know what kind of language he used

Or if they do that kind of thing anymore

Sometimes I think nobody ever saw me here at all

Except the girl from the red river shore

 

[TOP]

 

Someday Baby

 

I don't care what you do, don't care what you say

Don't care where you go, or how long you stay

Someday baby, you ain't gonna worry poor me any more

 

You take my money and you turn me out

You fill me up with self-doubt

Someday baby, you ain't gonna worry poor me any more

 

You made me eat a ton of dust

You're potentially dangerous, and not worthy of trust

Someday baby, you ain't gonna worry poor me any more

 

Little by little, bit by bit

Every day I'm becoming more of a hypocrite

Someday baby, you ain't gonna worry poor me any more

 

You've got my mind tied up in knots

I just keep recycling the same old thoughts

Someday baby, you ain't gonna worry poor me any more

 

When I heard you was cold, I bought you a coat and hat

I think you must have forgotten about that

Someday baby, you ain't gonna worry poor me any more

 

Gonna blow out your mind, and make you pure

I've taken about as much of this as I can endure

Someday baby, you ain't gonna worry poor me any more

 

You put me down from a ??? creek

That's all right, to you I turn the other cheek

Someday baby, you ain't gonna worry poor me any more

 

You say you need me, how would I know?

You say you love me, but it can't be so

Someday baby, you ain't gonna worry poor me any more

 

I don't want to brag, but I'll wring your neck

When all else fails, I'll make it a matter of self-respect

Someday baby, you ain't gonna worry poor me any more

 

Living this way ain't a natural thing to do

Why was I born to love you?

Someday baby, you ain't gonna worry poor me any more

 

[TOP]

 

 

 

This page last updated 15 October 2008.