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Blind Willie McTell 1

Bob Dylan © 1983 Special Rider Music

(Official lyrics @ www.bobdylan.com)


18 Apr 1983
cd imgROUGH CUTS #2 (T-346)
cd imgROUGH CUTS (T-346)
cd imgDOWN IN THE FLOOD (T-146)

5 May 1983
cd imgTHE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 3
cd imgTHE ESSENTIAL BOB DYLAN
cd imgDYLAN 2007
cd imgBLIND WILLIE MCTELL (CD single)
cd imgBLIND WILLIE MCTELL #2 (CD single)

  Infidels session 7, Power Station NYC - 18.apr.1983, alternate version  

  Infidels session 18, Power Station NYC - 5.may.1983, Bootleg Series version  

Two slightly different lyrics

Seen the arrow on the doorpost, sayin', "This land is condemned''
All the way from New Orleans to Jerusalem
[Well,] I travelled thru East Texas where many martyrs fell
An' i know no one can sing the blues like Blind Willie McTell.

[Well | Mmm], i heard that hoot-owl singin' as they were takin' down the tents
The stars above the barren trees was his only audience
Them charcoal gypsy maidens can strut their feathers well
But nobody can sing the blues like Blind Willie McTell.

See them big plantations burnin', hear the crackin' of the whips
Smell that sweet magnolia bloomin', see the ghost of slavery ships
I can hear them tribes a-moanin', hear that  undertaker's bell
[Nobody can sing the blues like Blind Willie McTell.
  | An' i know no one can sing the blues like Blind Willie McTell. ]

There's a woman by the river with some fine young handsome man
He's dressed up like a squire, bootleg whiskey in his hand
There's a chain gang on the highway, i can hear them rebels yell
An' i know no one can sing the blues like Blind Willie McTell.

[Well,] God is in his heaven an' we all want what's his
But power an' greed an' corruptible seed seem to be all that there is
I'm gazin' out the window of [the | that old] St. James hotel
[But | And] i know no one can sing the blues like Blind Willie McTell.  up
    

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Blind Willie McTell 2


17 Aug 1997
cd imgLOVE SICK CD 2 (CD EP single)

24 Aug 1997
cd imgGENUINE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 3 The Third One Now (T-636)

  Live, Jones Beach Amphitheater, Wantaugh NY - 17.aug.1997  
  Live, Wolf Trap Farm, Vienna VA - 24.aug.1997  

I seen the arrow on the doorpost, sayin', "This land, this land is condemned''
All the way from New Orleans to New Jerusalem
Well, i travelled through East Texas where many martyrs fell
An' i know one thing, nobody can sing the blues like Blind Willie McTell.

I heard that hoot-owl moanin' as they were takin' down the tents
The stars above the barren trees was his only audience
Them charcoal gypsy maidens can strut their feathers well
And i know one thing, nobody can sing the blues like Blind Willie McTell.

There's a woman by the river with some fine young handsome man
He's dressed up like a squire, bootleg whiskey in his hand
I can hear them, hear them tribes a-moanin', i can hear them rebels yell
An' i know one thing, nobody can sing the blues like Blind Willie McTell.

God is in his heaven an' we all want what's his
But power an' greed an' corruptible seed seem to be all that there is
I'm gazin' out the window of the St. James hotel
And i know one thing, nobody can sing the blues like Blind Willie McTell.  up
    

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Blind Willie McTell 3


11 June 1998
cd imgLES BONS MOMENTS (T-672)
cd imgHEADING FOR ANOTHER JOINT

  Live, Forum, Copenhagen DK - 11.jun.1998  

Seen the arrow on my doorpost, sayin', "This land, this land is condemned''
All the way from New Orleans to New Jerusalem
Well, i travelled through East Texas where many martyrs fell
An' i know one thing, nobody can sing the blues like Blind Willie McTell.

Well, I heard that hoot-owl singin' as they were takin' down the tents
The stars above the barren trees was his only audience
Well them charcoal gypsy maidens can strut their feathers well
And i know one thing, nobody can sing the blues like Blind Willie McTell.

Now, there's a woman by the river with some fine young handsome man
He's dressed up, dressed up like a squire, bootleg whiskey in his hand
I can hear them tribes a-moanin', i can hear them undertaker's bell
An' i know one thing, nobody can sing the blues like Blind Willie McTell.

Up here, God is in his heaven an' we all want what's his
But power an' greed an' corruptible seed seem to be all that there is
Well i'm gazin' out the window of the St. James hotel
And i can tell you one thing, nobody can sing the blues like Blind Willie McTell.  up
    

 Recording dates & record list

18 Apr 1983 1 ROUGH CUTS (b) #2
ROUGH CUTS (b)
DOWN IN THE FLOOD (b)
5 May 1983 1 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 3
THE ESSENTIAL BOB DYLAN
DYLAN 2007
BLIND WILLIE MCTELL (single)
BLIND WILLIE MCTELL (single) #2
17 Aug 1997 2 LOVE SICK CD 2 (single)
24 Aug 1997 2 GENUINE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 3 The Third One Now (b)
11 June 1998 3 LES BONS MOMENTS (b)
HEADING FOR ANOTHER JOINT (b)
19 Nov 2000 PATHWAY TO THE STARS (b)