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Foot Of Pride

(Ain't No Going Back)

Bob Dylan © 1983 Special Rider Music

(Official lyrics @ www.bobdylan.com)


25 Apr 1983
cd imgTHE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 3
cd imgROUGH CUTS (T-346)
cd imgDOWN IN THE FLOOD (T-146)

  Infidels session 15, Power Station NYC - 27.apr.1983  

Like the lion tears the flesh off of a man
So can a woman who passes herself off as a male.
They sang Danny Boy at his funeral and the Lord's Prayer
The preacher talked about Christ's betrayal.
It's like the earth just opened and swallowed him up
He reached too high, was thrown back to the ground.
You know what they say bout bein' nice to the right people on the way up
Sooner or later you're gonna meet them comin' down.
There ain't no going back, when the foot of pride come down
Ain't no going back.

Hear you got a brother named James
Don't forget faces and names
Sunken cheeks and his blood is mixed.
He looked straight into the sun and said, "Revenge is mine, honey''
But he drinks and drinks can be fixed.
Sing me one more song about "you love me to the moon an' stranger''
And your fall about that sort of love affair with Errol Flynn.
In these times of compassion, when conformity's in fashion
Say one more stupid thing to me before the final nail is driven in.
Well, there ain't no going back when that foot of pride come down
Ain't no going back. 

There's a retired business man named Red 
Cast down from heaven and he's out of his head
He feeds off of everyone that he can touch.
He says he only deals with cash an' sells tickets to a plane crash
Not somebody that you play around with much.
Miss Delilah is his, a Philistine that's what she is
She'll do wonderous works with your fate.
Feed you coconut bread, spiced buns in bed
If you don't mind sleeping with your head face down in the plate.
Well there ain't no going back when that foot of pride comes down
Ain't no going back.

Well they'll choose a man for you to meet tonight
You'll play the fool and learn how to walk through doors.
How to enter into the gates of paradise, no!
How to carry a burden too heavy to be yours.
By the stage they'll be trying to get water out of rocks
A whore who passes a hat, collects a hundred grand and says "Thanks''.
They'd like to take all this money from sin
Build big universities to study in
Sing "Amazing Grace" all the way to the Swiss banks.
Well there ain't no going back when the foot of pride come down
Ain't no going back.

They got some beautiful people out there, man
They can be a terror to your mind and show you how to hold your tongue.
They've got "mystery" written all over their foreheads.
They kill babies in the crib and say "Only the good die young.''
They don't believe in mercy
Judgement on them is something that you'll never see.
They can exalt you up or bring you down bankrupt
Turn you into anything that they want you to be.
Well there ain't no going back when that foot of pride come down
Ain't no going back. 

Yes, I guess I loved him too
I can still see him in my mind climbin' that hill.
Did he make it to the top? Well, he probably did an' dropped
Struck down by the strength of the will.
Ain't nothin' left here, partner
Just the dust of a plague that has let this whole town afraid.
From now on this will be where you're from
Let the dead bury the dead, your time will come
Let the hot iron glow as he raised the shade.
There ain't no going back when the foot of pride come down
Ain't no going back.  up
    

 Recording dates & record list

25 Apr 1983 1 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 3
ROUGH CUTS (b)
DOWN IN THE FLOOD (b)