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Dignity 1

Bob Dylan © 1989 Special Rider Music

(Official lyrics @ www.bobdylan.com)


12 Mar 1989
cd imgTHE DEEDS OF MERCY (T-317)
cd imgDIGNITY (T-425)
cd imgOH MERCY OUTTAKES (T-337)
cd imgTHE BOOTLEG SERIES Volume 4 (vinyl bootleg)

13 Mar 1989
cd imgGREATEST HITS Vol. 3
cd imgTHE BEST OF BOB DYLAN Vol. 2
cd imgTHE ESSENTIAL BOB DYLAN
cd imgDYLAN 2007
cd imgDIGNITY (CD single)
cd imgDIGNITY #2 (CD single)

  Oh Mercy recordings session, New Orleans - 12 Mar 1989  
  Oh Mercy recordings session, New Orleans - 13 Mar 1989  

Fat man lookin' in a blade of steel
Thin man lookin' at his last meal
Hollow man lookin' in a cotton field
For dignity.

Wise man lookin' in a blade of grass
Young man lookin' in the shadows that pass
Poor man lookin' through painted glass
For dignity.

Somebody got murdered on new year's eve
Somebody said dignity was the first to leave
I went into the city, went into the town
Went in the land of the midnight sun.

Searchin' high, searchin' low
Searchin' everywhere i know
Askin' the cops wherever I go
"Have you seen dignity?''

Blind man breakin' out of a trance
Puts his both hands in the pockets of chance
Hoping to find one circumstance
Of dignity.

I went to the wedding of Mary Lou
She said "I don't want nobody to see me talkin' to you''
Said she could get killed if she told what she knew
'Bout dignity.

I went down where the vultures feed
I would have gone deeper but there wasn't any need
Heard the tongues of angels and the tongues of men
Wasn't any difference to me.

Chilly wind sharp as razor blade
House on fire, debts unpaid
Gonna stand at the window, gonna ask the maid
Have you seen dignity?

Drinkin' man listen to the voice he hears
In a crowded room full of covered up mirrors
Lookin' into the lost forgotten years
For dignity.

Met prince Philip at the home of the blues
Said he'd give me information if his name wasn't used
He wanted money up front, he said he was abused
By dignity.

Footprints running 'cross the silver sand
Steps goin' down into tatooed land,
Amid the sons of darkness and the sons of light
In the border towns of despair.

Got no place to fade, got no coat
I'm on the rollin' river, in a jerkin' boat
Tryin' to read a note somebody wrote
'Bout dignity.

Sick man lookin' for the doctor's cure
Lookin' at hands for the lines that were
And in every masterpiece of literature
For dignity.

English man stranded in a black heart wind
Combin' his hair back, his future looks thin
Bites the bullet and he looks within
For dignity.

Someone showed me a picture and I just laughed
Dignity never been photographed
I went into the red, went into the black
In the valley of dry bone dreams.

So many roads, so much at stake
So many dead ends, i'm at the edge of the lake
Sometimes I wonder what it's gonna take
To find dignity.  up
    

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Dignity 2


13 Mar 1989
cd imgTHE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 8 TELL TALE SIGNS RARE AND UNRELEASED 1989-2006
cd imgCHRONIQUES VOLUME 1

  Oh Mercy recordings session, New Orleans - 13 Mar 1989, Piano demo  

Fat man lookin' in a shinning steel
Thin man lookin' at his last meal
Hollow man lookin' in a cotton field
For dignity. 

Wise man lookin' in a blade of grass
Young man lookin' in the shadows that pass
Poor man lookin' through painted glass
For dignity.

Somebody got murdered on New Year's Eve
Somebody said dignity was the last to leave
Went into the cities, went into the towns
To the land of the midnight sun

Searchin' high, searchin' low
Searchin' everywhere I know
Askin' the cops where ever I go
"Have you seen dignity?"

Blind man breakin' down of a trance
Puts both his hands into the pockets of chance
Hoping to find one circumstance
Of dignity.

Stranger stares down into the light 
From a platinum window in the Mexican night
Searchin' every blood suckin' thing in sight
For dignity.

I went down where the vultures feed
Would've gone deeper but there wasn't any need
Heard the tongues of angels an' the tongues of men
It all sounded no different to me.

Soul of a aation is under the knife
Death is standin' in the doorway of life
In a next room a man fightin' with his wife
Over dignity.  up
    

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Dignity 3


13 Mar 1989
cd imgTHE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 8 TELL TALE SIGNS RARE AND UNRELEASED 1989-2006 #2

  Oh Mercy recordings session, New Orleans - 13 Mar 1989  

Fat man lookin' in a ferris wheel
Yellow man lookin' in his last meal
Hollow man lookin' in a cotton field
For dignity.

Wise man lookin' in a blade of grass
Young man lookin' in the days that pass
Poor man lookin' 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
Searchin' everywhere i know
Askin' 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 talkin' to Don Miguel
Standing outside of the gates of hell
There ain't nothing to say, it ain't nothing to tell
'Bout 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 askin' 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 talkin' 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 lookin' east, lookin' west
See people cursed, see people blessed
Askin' everybody like a man possessed
Have you seen dignity?

Blind man breakin' out of a trance
Puts both of his hands in the pockets of chance
Hopin' to find one circumstance
Of dignity.

Englishman stranded in the blackheart wind
Combin' 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 startin' point
 No beginnin', no middle, no end.

Looking at a glass that's half-filled
Looking at a dream that's just been killed
Askin' everybody that's strong-willed
Have you seen dignity?  up
    

 Recording dates & record list

12 Mar 1989 1 THE DEEDS OF MERCY (b)
DIGNITY (b)
OH MERCY OUTTAKES (b)
THE BOOTLEG SERIES Volume 4 (vb)
13 Mar 1989 1 GREATEST HITS Vol. 3
THE BEST OF BOB DYLAN Vol. 2
THE ESSENTIAL BOB DYLAN
DYLAN 2007
DIGNITY (single)
DIGNITY (single) #2
13 Mar 1989 2 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 8 TELL TALE SIGNS RARE AND UNRELEASED 1989-2006
CHRONIQUES VOLUME 1
13 Mar 1989 3 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 8 TELL TALE SIGNS RARE AND UNRELEASED 1989-2006 #2
17 Nov 1994 MTV UNPLUGGED
17 Nov 1994 BOB DYLAN LIVE 1961-2000
DIGNITY MTV UNPLUGGED (single)
DIGNITY MTV UNPLUGGED (single) #2
17 Nov 1994 COMPLETELY UNPLUGGED (b)
17 Nov 1994 UNPLUGS IT ONCE MORE (b)
18 Nov 1994 COMPLETELY UNPLUGGED (b) #2
29 Mar 1995 BOB'S FULL HOUSE BRIXTON III (b)