WORDS FILL MY HEAD

 

Shadow Kingdom. The Early Songs of Bob Dylan,

 

[Source: revised lyrics as sung by Bob Dylan in the concert film, transcribed by Daniel Mackay with song names used in the film.]

 

When I Paint My Masterpiece.. 1

Most Likely You Go Your Way.. 1

Queen Jane.. 1

I'll Be Your Baby Tonight.. 1

Tom Thumbís Blues. 1

Tombstone Blues. 1

To Be Alone With You.. 1

What Was It You Wanted.. 1

Forever Young.. 1

Pledging My Time.. 1

Wicked Messenger.. 1

Watching the River Flow... 1

Baby Blue.. 1

 

 

When I Paint My Masterpiece

 

Oh, the streets of Rome are filled with rubble

Ancient footprints are everywhere

You can almost think that youíre seeiní double

On a cold, dark night by the Spanish Stair

Got to hurry on back to my hotel room

Gonna wash my clothes, scrape off all the grease

Gonna lock the doors and turn my back on the world for awhile

Gonna stay right there Ďtill I paint my masterpiece

 

Well, the hours Iíve spent inside the Coliseum

Dodginí lions with a mean and hungry look

Those mighty kings of the jungle, I could hardly stand to see íem

I could see Ďem cominí, I could read their faces like a book

Train wheels runniní through the back of my memory

When I ran on the hilltop followiní a pack of wild geese

Someday, everything going to be different

When I paint, when I paint my masterpiece

 

Sailiní round the world full of crimson and clover

Sometime I feel just like my cup is runniní over

 

I left Rome and I pulled into Brussels

On a plane ride so bumpy that it made me ill

Clergymen in uniform and young girls pulliní muscles

Everyone was there to meet me cominí down the hill

Newspapermen eatiní candy

Had to be held back by big police

Someday, everything is going to be beautiful

When I paint my masterpiece

 

Most Likely You Go Your Way

 

You say you love me

Youíre thinkiní of me

You know you could be wrong

You say you told me that ya

Wanna hold me but ya

You know youíre not that strong

I canít do what Iíve done before

I just canít beg you anymore

Iím gonna let you pass

Iíll go last

And then time will tell just who has fell

And whoís been left behind

When you go your way and I go mine

 

You say you [garbled]

And you donít deserve me

You know sometimes you lie

Say ya got some shakiní

Youíre always breakiní but ya††††††††††††††††

You know sometimes you lie

I [garbled] get so hard to please

You got me this time on your knees

Iím gonna let you pass

Yes, and Iíll go last

And then time will tell just who has fell

And whoís been left behind

When you go your way and I go mine

 

Well, the judge, he holds a grudge

Heís gonna call on you

But heís badly built

And he walks on stilts

Watch out he donít fall on you

 

You say youíre sorry

For telliní me stories

That you know I believe are true

Say ya got some other

Other kind of lover

And yes, I believe you do

You say my kisses arenít like his

Iím not gonna tell you this time why that is

Iím just gonna let you pass

Yes, and Iíll go last

And then time will tell just who has fell

And whoís been left behind

When you go your way and I go mine

 

Queen Jane

 

When your mother sent back all your invitations

And your father to your sister he explains

That youíre tired of yourself and all of your creations

Wonít you come see me, Queen Jane?

Wonít you come see me, Queen Jane?

 

Now when all the flower ladies want back what they have lent you

And the smell of their roses does not remain

And all of your children start to resent you

Wonít you come see me, Queen Jane?

Wonít you come see me, Queen Jane?

 

When all the clowns that you have commissioned

Have died in battle or in vain

And youíre sick of all this repetition

Wonít you come see me, Queen Jane?

Wonít you come see me, Queen Jane?

 

Now when all of your advisers start to neglect you

And you cannot convince them of your pain

And ya want someone to protect you

Wonít you come see me, Queen Jane?

Wonít you come see me, Queen Jane?

 

When all the bandits that ya turn your other cheek to

All lay down their bandanas and complain

And ya want someone you donít have to speak to

Wonít you come see me, Queen Jane?

Wonít you come see me, Queen Jane?

 

I'll Be Your Baby Tonight

 

Shut the light, shut the door

Donít have to worry anymore

Iíll be your baby tonight

 

Shut the light, shut the shade

You donít have to be afraid

Iíll be your baby tonight

 

Well, that mockingbird is gonna sail away

Weíre gonna let it

That big, fat moon gonna shine like a spoon

Weíre gonna let it

And you wonít regret it

 

Kick your shoes off, have no fear

Bring that bottle over here

Iíll be your baby tonight

 

Well, that mockingbird gonna sail away

Weíre gonna let it

That big, fat moon gonna shine like a spoon

Weíre gonna let it

You wonít regret it

 

Kick your shoes off, have no fear

Bring that bottle over here

Iíll be your baby tonight

 

Tom Thumbís Blues

 

When youíre lost in the rain in Juarez

And itís Eastertime too

And your gravity fails

Negativity donít pull ya through

Donít put on any airs

When youíre down on Rue Morgue Avenue

They got some hungry women there

And they really make a mess outta you

 

If you see Saint Annie

Please tell her thanks a lot

I canít move too good

My fingers all in a knot

I donít have the strength

To get up and take another shot

And my best friend, the doctor

Wonít even tell me what it is Iíve got

 

Sweet Melinda

Peasants call her the goddess of gloom

She speaks good English

Invites you up into her room

And youíre so kind

And careful not to go to her too soon

And she takes your voice

And leaves you howliní at the moon

 

Up on Housing Project Hill

Itís either fortune or fame

You must pick one or the other

Neither of them are what they claim

If youíre lookiní to get silly

You better go back to from where you came

Because the cops donít need you

And man they expect the same

 

All the authorities

They just stand around and boast

How they blackmailed the sergeant-at-arms

Gettiní up and leaviní his post

And pickiní up Angel

Who just arrived from the coast

Who looked so fine at first

But left lookiní just like a ghost

 

I started out on burgundy

But soon hit the harder stuff

Everybody said theyíre right behind me

When the game got rough

But the joke was on me

There was no one even there to call my bluff

Iím goiní back to New York City

I do believe Iíve had enough

 

Tombstone Blues

 

Well, the sweet pretty things are in bed now of course

City fathers, theyíre trying to endorse

The reincarnation of Paul Revereís horse

But the town has no need to be nervous

 

The ghost of Belle Starr she hands down her wits

To Jezebel the nun she violently knits

A bald wig for Jack the Ripper who sits

At the head of the chamber of commerce

 

Mamaís in the factíry

She ainít got no shoes

Daddyís in the alley

Lookiní for the fuse

Iím in the kitchen

With the tombstone blues

 

The hysterical bride in the penny arcade

Screaminí she moans, ďIíve just been madeĒ

Sends for the doctor who pull down the shade

Sayiní, ďMy advice is not to let the boys inĒ

 

Now the medicine man comes and he shuffles inside

He walks with a swagger and he says to the bride

ďStop all this weeping, swallow your pride

You wonít die, itís not poisonĒ

 

Mamaís in the factíry

She ainít got no shoes

Daddyís in the alley

Lookiní for the fuse

Iím in the kitchen

With the tombstone blues

 

John the Baptist after torturing a thief

Looks up at his hero the Commander-in-Chief

Saying, ďTell me great hero, but please make it brief

Is there a hole for me to get sick in?Ē

 

The Commander-in-Chief answers him while chasing a fly

Saying, ďDeath to all those who would whimper and cryĒ

And dropping a barbell he points to the sky

Sayiní, ďThe sun not yellow itís chickenĒ

 

Mamaís in the factíry

She ainít got no shoes

Daddyís in the alley

Lookiní for the fuse

Iím in the kitchen

With the tombstone blues

  

The geometry of innocent flesh on the bone

Causes Galileoís math book to get thrown

At Delilah who sits there worthlessly alone

But the tears on her cheeks are from laughter

 

I wish I could give Brother Bill his great thrill

Iíd set him in chains at the top of the hill

Send out for some pillars and Cecil B. DeMille

He could die happily ever after

 

Mamaís in the factíry

She ainít got no shoes

Daddyís in the alley

Lookiní for the fuse

Iím in the kitchen

With the tombstone blues

 

Where Ma Rainey and Beethoven once unwrapped their bedroll

Tuba players now rehearse around the flagpole

And the National Bank at a profit sells road maps for the soul

To the old folks home and the college

 

I wish I could write you a melody so plain

That could hold you dear lady from goiní insane

That could ease you and cool you and cease the pain

Of your useless and pointless knowledge

 

Mamaís in the factíry

She ainít got no shoes

Daddyís in the alley

Lookiní for the fuse

Iím in the kitchen

With the tombstone blues

 

To Be Alone With You

 

To be alone with you

Just you and I

Under the moon

ĎNeath the star-spangled sky

I know youíre alive

And I am too

My one desire

Is to be alone with you

 

To be alone with you

Even for just an hour

In a castle high

In an ivory tower

Some people donít get it

They just donít have a clue

They wouldnít know what itís like

To be alone with you

 

They say that nighttime is the right time

To hold each other tight

All our worldly cares will disappear

And everything will come out right

I wish the night was here

Make me scream and shout

Iíd fall into your arms

Iíll let it all hang out

Iíll hound you to death

Thatís just what Iíll do

I wonít sleep a wink

Till Iím alone with you

 

Iím collecting my thoughts in a pattern

Moviní from place to place

Steppiní out into the dark night

Steppiní out into space

What happened to me, darliní?

What was it you saw?

Did I kill somebody?

Did I escape the law?

Got my heart in my mouth

My eyes are still blue

My mortal bliss

Is to be alone with you

My mortal bliss

Is to be alone with you

 

What Was It You Wanted

 

What was it you wanted?

Tell me again so Iíll know

Whatís happening in there?

Whatís going on in your show?

What was it you wanted?

Could you say it again?

Iíll be back in a minute

You can tell me then

 

What was it you wanted?

You can tell me, Iím back

We can start it all over

Get it back on the track

You got my attention

Go ahead, speak

What was it you wanted

When you were kissing my cheek?

 

Was there somebody looking

When you give me that kiss?

Someone there in the shadows

Someone I might have missed?

Is there something you needed?

Somethiní I donít understand?

What was it you wanted

When you were holdiní my hand?

 

Whatever you wanted

Slipped out of my mind

Would you remind me again

If youíd be so kind?

Has the record been breakiní?

Did the needle just skip?

Is there somebody waitiní?

Was there a slip of the lip?

 

What was it you wanted?

I ainít keeping score

Are you the same person

That was here before?

Is it something important?

Or is it not?

What was it you wanted?

Tell me again I forgot

 

Whatever you wanted

What could it be?

Did somebody tell ya

That you could get it from me?

Somethiní come natural?

Is it easy to say?

Why do you want it?

And who are you anyway?

 

Is the scenery changing?

Am I gettiní it wrong?

Is the whole thing goiní backwards?

Are they playiní our song?

Where were you when it started?

Did you want it for free?

What was it you wanted?

Are you talkiní to me?

 

Forever Young

 

May God bless and keep you always

May your wishes all come true

May you always do for others

And let others do for you

May you build a ladder to the stars

And climb on every rung

And may you stay forever young

 

May you grow up to be righteous

May you grow up to be true

May you always know the truth

And see the lights surrounding you

May you always be courageous

Stand upright and be strong

And may you stay forever young

 

May your hands always be busy

May your feet always be swift

May you have a strong foundation

When the winds of changes shift

May your heart always be joyful

May your song always be sung

And may you stay forever young

 

Pledging My Time

 

Well, early in the morniní

íTil late at night

I got a poison headache

But I feel all right

Iím pledging my time to you

Hopiní youíll come through, too

 

Well, the hobo jumped up

Came down naturally

After he stole my baby

He wanted to steal me

But Iím pledging my time to you

Hopiní youíll come through, too

 

Wonít you come with me, baby?

Iíll take ya where ya wanna go

If it donít work out

Youíll be the first to know

Iím pledging my time to you

Hopiní youíll come through, too

 

The room is so stuffy

I can hardly breathe

Evírybodyís gone but me and you

I canít be the last to leave

Iím pledging my time to you

Hopiní youíll come through, too

 

Well, they sent for the ambulance

And one got sent

Somebody got lucky

But it was an accident

Iím pledging my time to you

Hopiní youíll come through, too

 

Wicked Messenger

 

There was a wicked messenger

From Eli he did come

With a mind that multiplied the smallest matter

When questioned who had sent for him

He answered with his thumb

For his tongue it couldnít speak, but only flatter

 

He stayed behind the assembly hall

ĎTwas there he made his bed

Oftentimes he could be seen returning

Until one day he just appeared

With a note in his hand which read

ďThe soles of my feet, I swear theyíre burningĒ

 

Ah, the leaves began a-falliní

The seas began to part

And the people that confronted him were many

And he was told but these few words

Which opened up his heart

ďIf ya cannot bring good news, donít bring anyĒ

 

Watching the River Flow

 

Whatís the matter with me?

Donít have much to say

Daylight sneakiní through the window

Iím still in this all-night cafť

Walkiní to and fro beneath the moon

Where the trucks are rolliní slow

Sit on this bank of sand

And watch the river flow

 

Wish I was back in the city

In my true loveís arms

She likes older men

They canít resist her charms

If I had wings and I could fly

I know where I would go

Right now Iíll sit right here

Watch the river flow

 

People disappeariní everywhere you look

Donít know where to draw the line

Only yesterday I seen somebody

Who was really in a bind

This olí river keep a-rolliní, though

Where it stop and where the wind might blow

I sit right here

And watch the river flow

 

People disappearing everywhere you look

Ever stop and wonder why?

Only yesterday I seen somebody

Too sad to cry

This olí river keep a-rolliní, though

Where it stop and where the wind might blow

I sit right here

And watch the river flow 

 

Baby Blue

 

Well, you must leave now, take what you need, you think will last

But whatever you wish to keep, you better grab it fast

Yonder stands your orphan with his gun

Cryiní like a fire in the sun

Look out the saints are cominí through

And itís all over now, Baby Blue

 

Well, the highway is for gamblers, better use your sense

Take what you have gathered from coincidence

The empty-handed painter from your streets

Is drawing crazy patterns on your sheets

The sky, too, is folding over you

Yes, and itís all over now, Baby Blue

 

All your seasick sailors, theyíre all rowiní home

All your reindeer armies, theyíre all goiní home

The lover who has just walked out your door

Has taken all of his blankets from the floor

The carpet, too, is moviní under you

Yes, and itís all over now, Baby Blue

 

Leave your steppiní stones behind, something calls for you

Forget the dead youíve left, they will not follow you 

The vagabond whoís rappiní at your door

Is standiní in the clothes that you once wore

Strike another match, go start anew

Yes, and itís all over now, Baby Blue