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A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall 1

Bob Dylan © 1963 M.Witmark & Sons

(Official lyrics @ www.bobdylan.com)


6 Dec 1962
cd imgTHE FREEWHEELIN' BOB DYLAN
cd imgGREATEST HITS Vol. 2
cd imgTHE BEST OF BOB DYLAN Vol. 2
cd imgDYLAN 2007

  The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan session 7 Columbia Studio A, NYC - 6.dec.1962, album version  

Oh where have you been my blue eyed son?
An' where have you been my darling young one?
I've stumbled on the side of twelve misty mountains
I've walked an' i've crawled on six crooked highways
I've stepped in the middle of seven sad forests
I've been out in front of a dozen dead oceans
I've been ten thousand miles in the mouth of a graveyard
An' it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard
It's a hard rain's a-gonna fall.

Oh what did you see my blue eyed son?
An' what did you see my darling young one?
I saw a newborn baby with wild wolves all around it
Saw a highway of diamonds with nobody on it
I saw a black branch with blood that kept drippin'
Saw a room full of men with their hammers a-bleedin'
I saw a white ladder all covered with water
I saw ten thousand talkers whose tongues were all broken
Saw guns 'n' sharp swords in the hands of young children
An' it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard
It's a hard rain's a-gonna fall.

An' what did you hear my blue eyed son?
An' what did you hear my darling young one?
Heard the sound of a thunder that roared out of warnin'
Heard the roar of a wave that could drown the whole world
Heard one hundred drummers whose hands were a-blazin'
Heard ten thousand whisperin' an' nobody listenin'
I heard one person starve, i heard many people laughin'
Heard the song of a poet who died in the gutter
Heard the sound of a clown who cried in the alley
An' it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard
It's a hard rain's a-gonna fall.

Oh who did you meet my blue eyed son?
An' who did you meet my darling young one?
I met a young child beside a dead pony
I met a white man who walked a black dog
I met a young woman whose body was burnin'
I met a young girl she gave me a rainbow
I met one man who was wounded in love
I met another man who was wounded in hatred
An' it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard
It's a hard rain's a-gonna fall.

An' what'll you do now my blue eyed son?
An' what'll you do now my darling young one?
I'm a-goin' back out 'fore the rain starts a-fallin'
I'll walk to the depths of the deepest dark forest
Where the people are many an' their hands are all empty
Where the pellets of poison are floodin' their waters
Where the home in the valley meets the damp dirty prison
An' the executioner's face is always well hidden
Where hunger is ugly, where the souls are forgotten 
Where black is the color, where none is the number
An' i'll tell it an' speak it an' think it an' breathe it
An' reflect from the mountains so all souls can see it
Then i'll stand on the ocean until i start sinkin'
But i'll know my song well before i start singin'
An' it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard
It's a hard rain's a-gonna fall.  up
    

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A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall 2


15 Oct 1962
cd imgLIVE AT THE GASLIGHT 1962
cd imgFOLK SINGER-HUMDINGER Just About As Good As It Gets!
cd imgGASLIGHT TAPES (T-104)

  Live, Gaslight Cafˇ, NYC - 15.oct.1962  

Oh where have you been my blue eyed son?
Where have you been my darling young one?
I've stumbled on the side of twelve misty mountains
I've stepped in the middle of seven sad forests
I've walked an' i've crawled on six crooked highways
I've been out in front of a dozen dead oceans
I been ten thousand miles in the mouth of a graveyard
An' it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard
It's a hard rain's a-gonna fall.

Oh what did you see my blue eyed son?
An' what did you see my darling young one?
I saw a newborn baby with wild wolves all around it
I saw a highway of diamonds with nobody on it
I saw a black branch with blood that kept drippin'
I saw a room full of men with their hammers a-bleedin'
I saw a white ladder all covered with water
I saw ten thousand talkers whose tongues were all broken
Saw guns 'n' sharp swords in the hands of young children
An' it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard
It's a hard rain's a-gonna fall.

An' what did you hear my blue eyed son?
An' what did you hear my darling young one?
Heard the sound of a thunder that roared out of warnin'
Heard the roar of a wave that could drown the whole world
Heard one hundred drummers whose hands were a-blazin'
I heard ten thousand whisperin' an' nobody listenin'
I heard one person starve, i heard many people laughin'
Heard the song of a poet who died in the gutter
Heard the sound of a clown who cried in the alley
I heard the sound of one person who cried he was human
An' it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard
It's a hard rain's a-gonna fall.

Oh who did you meet my blue eyed son?
Yes 'n' who did you meet my darling young one?
I met a young child beside a dead pony
I met a white man who walked a black dog
I met one woman whose body was burnin'
I met another girl she gave me a rainbow
I met one man who was wounded in love
I met another man who was wounded in hatred
An' it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard
It's a hard rain's a-gonna fall.

Oh what'll you do now my blue eyed son?
An' what'll you do now my darling young one?
I'm a-goin' back out 'fore the rain starts a-fallin'
I'll walk to the depths of the deepest dark forest
Where the people are many an' their hands are all empty
Where the pellets of poison are floodin' their waters
Where the home in the valley meets the damp dirty prison
An' the executioner's face is always well hidden
Where the hunger is ugly, where souls are forgotten 
Where black is the color and none is the number
An' i'll tell it an' show it an' think it an' breathe it
An' reflect from the mountains so all souls can see it
Then i'll stand on the ocean until i start sinkin'
But i'll know my song well before i start singin'
An' it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard
It's a hard rain's a-gonna fall.  up
    

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A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall 3


Dec 1962
cd imgTHE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 9 THE WITMARK DEMOS
cd imgTHROUGH A BULLET OF LIGHT (WITMARK DEMOS) (T-378)

  Witmark demo, NYC - december 1962  

Oh where have you been my blue eyed son?
An' where have you been my darling young one?
I've stumbled on the side of twelve misty mountains
I've walked an' i've crawled on six crooked highways
I've stepped in the middle of seven sad forests
I've been out in front of a dozen dead oceans
I been ten thousand miles in the mouth of a graveyard
An' it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard, an' it's a hard
An' it's a hard rain's a-gonna fall.

Oh what did you see my blue eyed son?
Oh what did you see my darling young one?
I saw a newborn baby with wild wolves all around it
Saw a highway of diamonds with nobody on it
I saw a black branch with blood that kept drippin'
I saw a room full of men with their hammers a-bleedin'
I saw a white ladder all covered with water
I saw ten thousand talkers whose tongues were all broken
I saw guns 'n' sharp swords in the hands of young children
An' it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard
It's a hard rain's a-gonna fall.

An' what did you hear my blue eyed son?
An' what did you hear my darling young one?
Heard the sound of a thunder that roared out of warnin'
Heard the roar of a wave that could drown the whole world
Heard one hundred drummers whose hands were a-blazin'
Heard ten thousand whisperin' an' nobody listenin'
Heard one person starve, i heard many people laughin'
Heard the song of a poet who died in the gutter
Heard the sound of a clown who cried in the alley
I heard the sound of one person who said he was human
An' it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard
An' it's a hard rain's a-gonna fall.

Oh who did you meet my blue eyed son?
Who did you meet my darling young one?
I met a young child beside a dead pony
I met a white man who walked a black dog
I met a woman whose body was burnin'
I met a young girl she gave me a rainbow
I met one man who was wounded in love
I met another man who was wounded in hatred
An' it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard
It's a hard rain's a-gonna fall.

And what'll you do now my blue eyed son?
Oh what'll you do now my darling young one?
I'm a-goin' back out 'fore the rain starts a-fallin'
I'll walk to the depths of the deepest dark forest
Where the people are many an' their hands are all empty
Where the pellets of poison are floodin' their waters
Where the home in the valley meets the damp dirty prison
Where the executioner's face is always well hidden
Where hunger is ugly, where souls are forgotten 
Where black is the color, where none is the number
An' i'll tell it an' think it an' speak it an' breathe it
An' reflect from the mountains so all souls can see it
Then i'll stand on the ocean until i start sinkin'
But i'll know my song well before i start singin'
An' it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard
It's a hard rain's a-gonna fall.  up
    

 Recording dates & record list

Sep 1962 THE MCKENZIE TAPES - HOME RECORDINGS 1961-62
I WAS SO MUCH YOUNGER THEN Vol. 3 (Do It The Old Way!) (b)
22 Sep 1962 THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION
15 Oct 1962 2 LIVE AT THE GASLIGHT 1962
FOLK SINGER-HUMDINGER Just About As Good As It Gets!
GASLIGHT TAPES (b)
Dec 1962 3 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 9 THE WITMARK DEMOS
THROUGH A BULLET OF LIGHT (WITMARK DEMOS) (b)
6 Dec 1962 1 THE FREEWHEELIN' BOB DYLAN
GREATEST HITS Vol. 2
THE BEST OF BOB DYLAN Vol. 2
DYLAN 2007
12 Apr 1963 STOLEN MOMENTS: NEW YORK TOWN HALL 12TH APRIL 1963 (b)
25 Apr 1963 IN THE PINES (b)
26 Apr 1963 THE ROAR OF A WAVE (b)
STUDS TERKEL'S WAX MUSEUM
26 Apr 1963 BEFORE THE FLOOD AND AFTER THE FIRE (b)
26 Oct 1963 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 7 NO DIRECTION HOME
UNRAVELLED TALES: CARNEGIE HALL 26TH OCTOBER 1963 (b)
1 Feb 1964 50TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION 1964
ECHO'S ALBUM (b)
1 Feb 1964 PARANOID BLUES (b)
1 Feb 1964 ONE PUSH OF THE BUTTON: TV SHOWS (PART 1) (b)
17 May 1964 50TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION 1964 #2
10 Oct 1964 50TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION 1964 #3
31 Oct 1964 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 6 LIVE 1964 CONCERT AT PHILHARMONIC HALL
ALL HALLOW'S EVE & MORE (b)
LIVE IN NEW YORK 1964 [DOCUMENT] (b)
25 Nov 1964 50TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION 1964 #4
1 Aug 1971 THE CONCERT FOR BANGLADESH
11 Nov 1975 TELL IT LIKE IT IS (b)
11 Nov 1975 PLYMOUTH ROCK (b)
2 Dec 1975 GET READY! TONIGHT BOB'S STAYING HERE WITH YOU (b)
4 Dec 1975 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 5 LIVE 1975 THE ROLLING THUNDER REVUE
23 May 1976 VIDEO ... CHILE (vb)
30 Nov 1980 RISE AGAIN (b)
3 Dec 1980 A MUSICAL RETROSPECTIVE (b)
28 June 1984 YOU DON'T KNOW ME (b)
8 July 1984 OVER THE BROKEN GLASS (b)
18 Oct 1990 THANK YOU EV'RYBODY (b)
20 Feb 1994 TRIPLE NIGHT (b)
20 May 1994 DIGNITY (single)
DIGNITY MTV UNPLUGGED (single)
IF MY THOUGHT DREAMS COULD BE SEEN (b)
20 Jan 1998 VOICES IN THE GARDEN (b)
14 Nov 1999 HIGHLANDS OF WORCESTER (b)
29 Apr 2002 PARIS FIRST 2002 (b)
7 Oct 2002 DON'T SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER (b)