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High Water (For Charley Patton)

Bob Dylan © 2001

(Official lyrics @ www.bobdylan.com)


May 2001
cd imgLOVE AND THEFT
cd imgDYLAN 2007

Highwater risin', risin' night and day
All the gold and silver are being stolen away
Big Joe Turner lookin' east and west from the dark room of his mind
He made it to Kansas City, Twelfth Street and Vine
Nothin' standin' there
Highwater everywhere.

Highwater risin', the shacks are slidin' down
Folks lose their possessions, the folks are leavin' town
Bertha Mason shook it, broke it, then she hung it on the wall
Say you dance with whom they tell you to or you don't dance at all
It's tough out there
Highwater everywhere.

I got a cravin' love for blazin' speed, I got a hopped up Mustang Ford
Jump into the wagon, love, throw your panties overboard
I can write you poems, make a strong man lose his mind
I'm no pig without a wig, I hope you treat me kind
Things are breakin' up out there
Highwater everywhere.

Highwater risin', six inches above my head
Coffin's dropped it in the street like balloons made out of lead
Water poured into Vicksburg, don't know what I'm gonna do
"Don't reach out for me," she said, "Can't you see I'm drowning too?"
It's rough out there
Highwater everywhere.

Well, George Lewis told the Englishman, the Italian and the Jew
"You can't open up your mind, boys, to every conceivable point of view.'
They got Charles Darwin trapped out there on Highway 5
Judge says to the high sheriff, "I want them dead or alive
Either one, I don't care."
Highwater everywhere.

Well, the cuckoo is a pretty bird, she warbles as she flies
I'm preachin' the word of God, I'm puttin' out your eyes
I asked Fat Nancy for somethin' t' eat, she said "Take it off the shelf
As great as you are man, you'll never be greater than yourself."
I told her I didn't really care
Highwater everywhere.

I get up in the mornin', I believe I'll dust my broom
Keepin' away from the women, I'm givin' 'em lots of room
Thunder rollin' over Clarkesdale, everythin' a-lookin' blue
I just can't be happy, love, unless you're happy too
It's bad out there
Highwater everywhere.  up
    

 Recording dates & record list

May 2001 1 LOVE AND THEFT
DYLAN 2007
19 Nov 2001 THEFT AND LOVE LIVE US FALL 2001 (b)
31 Jan 2002 SING WHILE YOU SLAVE (b)
7 Oct 2002 DON'T SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER (b)
23 Aug 2003 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 8 TELL TALE SIGNS RARE AND UNRELEASED 1989-2006