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Percy's Song 1

Bob Dylan © 1964; renewed 1992 Special Rider Music

(Official lyrics @ www.bobdylan.com)


23 Oct 1963
cd imgBIOGRAPH
cd imgPURE DYLAN - AN INTIMATE LOOK AT BOB DYLAN
cd imgTWELVE CURSES #2 (T-110)

  The Times They Are A-Changin' session 4 - 23.oct.1963, take 1, CO 79682-1  

Bad news, bad news come to me where i sleep
Turn, turn, turn again
Sayin' one of your friends is in trouble deep
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

Oh what is the trouble, tell me once onto my ear
Turn, turn, turn again
Joliet prison an' ninety-nine years
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

Oh what is the charge of how this came to be
Turn, turn, turn again
Manslaughter in the highest of degrees
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

I sat down an' wrote the best words that i could write
Turn, turn, turn again
Tellin' the judge i'd be there on wednesday nite
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

Without a reply i left by the moon
Turn, turn, turn again
An' was his chambers by the next afternoon
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

Could you tell me the facts? i said without fear
Turn, turn, turn again
That a friend of mine would get ninety-nine years
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

A crash on the highway flew the car to a field
Turn, turn, turn again
There was four persons dead an' he was at the wheel
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

Then it's maybe true that he has a sentence to serve
Turn, turn, turn again
But ninety-nine years he just don't deserve
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

That's true said the judge from the side of his mouth
Turn, turn, turn again
But the witness who saw left little doubt
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

But i know him as good as i know myself
Turn, turn, turn again
An' he wouldn't harm the life that belonged to someone else
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

Too late, too late for his case it is sealed
Turn, turn, turn again
His sentence is passed an' it cannot be repealed
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

But he ain't no criminal an' his crime is none
Turn, turn, turn again
What happened to him could happen to anyone
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

At that the judge jerked forward an' his face it did freeze
Turn, turn, turn again
Sayin' Could you kindly leave my office now please.
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

I tilted my head an' i stood up so slow
Turn, turn, turn again
Without no other choice except but for to go
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

I walked down the hallway an' i heard his door slam
Turn, turn, turn again
I walked down the courthouse stairs an' i did not understand
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

I played my guitar thru the nite to the day
Turn, turn, turn again
An' the only tune my guitar coul play
Was ''Oh the cruel rain an' the wind.''  up
    

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Percy's Song 2


24 Oct 1963
cd imgTHROUGH A BULLET OF LIGHT (WITMARK DEMOS) (T-378)
cd imgGREAT WHITE WONDER Part 2 (vinyl bootleg)
cd img24 (vinyl bootleg)

  The Times They Are A-Changin' session 5, Columbia Studio A, NYC - 24.oct.1963, #2  

Bad news, bad news come to me where i sleep
Turn, turn, turn again
Sayin' one of your friends is in trouble deep
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

Tell me the trouble, tell me once to my ear
Turn, turn, turn again
Joliet prison an' ninety-nine years
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

Oh what is the charge of how this came to be?
Turn, turn, turn again
Manslaughter in the highest degree
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

I sat down an' wrote the best words that i could write
Turn, turn, turn again
Tellin' the judge i'd be there on wednesday nite
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

Without a reply i left by the moon
Turn, turn, turn again
An' was in his chambers by the next afternoon
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

Could you tell me the facts i said without fear
Turn, turn, turn again
That a friend of mine would get ninety-nine years
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

A crash on the highway flew the car to a field
Turn, turn, turn again
There was four persons killed an' he was at the wheel
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

But i know him as good as i'm knowin' myself
Turn, turn, turn again
An' he wouldn't harm a life that belongs to someone else
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

The judge spoke out of the side of his mouth
Turn, turn, turn again
Sayin' the witness who saw left little doubt
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

It may be true he's got a sentence to serve
Turn, turn, turn again
But ninety-nine years he just don't deserve
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

Too late, too late for his case it is sealed
Turn, turn, turn again
His sentence is passed an' it cannot be repealed
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

But he ain't no criminal an' his crime it is none
Turn, turn, turn again
What happened to him could happen to anyone
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

At that the judge jerked forward an' his face it did freeze
Turn, turn, turn again
Sayin', ''Could you kindly leave my office now please.''
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

The room was funny an' i stood up so slow
Turn, turn, turn again
With no other choice except but for to go
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

I walked down the hallway an' i heard his door slam
Turn, turn, turn again
I walked down the courthouse stairs an' i did not understand
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

I played my guitar thru the nite to the day
Turn, turn, turn again
An' the only tune my guitar coul play
Was ''Oh the cruel rain an' the wind.''  up
    

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Percy's Song 3


24 Oct 1963
cd imgTWELVE CURSES (T-110)

  The Times They Are A-Changin' session 5, Columbia Studio A, NYC - 24.oct.1963, #1  

Bad news, bad news come to me where i sleep
Turn, turn, turn again
Sayin' one of your friends is in trouble deep
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

Tell me the trouble, tell me once to my ear
Turn, turn, turn again
Joliet prison an' ninety-nine years
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

Oh what is the charge of how this came to be?
Turn, turn, turn again
Manslaughter in the highest of degrees
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

I sat down an' wrote the best words that i could write
Turn, turn, turn again
Explainin' to the judge i'd be there on wednesday nite
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

Without a reply i left by the moon
Turn, turn, turn again
An' was in his chambers by the next afternoon
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

Could you tell me the facts i said without fear
Turn, turn, turn again
That a friend of mine would get ninety-nine years
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

A crash on the highway flew the car to a field
Turn, turn, turn again
There was four persons killed an' he was at the wheel
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

But i know him as good as i'm knowin' myself
Turn, turn, turn again
An' he wouldn't harm a life that belonged to someone else
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

The judge spoke out of the side of his mouth
Turn, turn, turn again
Sayin' the witness who saw he left little doubt
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

Then it may be true he's a got sentence to serve
Turn, turn, turn again
But ninety-nine years he just don't deserve
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

Too late, too late for his case it is sealed
Turn, turn, turn again
His sentence is passed an' it cannot be repealed
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

But he ain't no criminal an' his crime it is none
Turn, turn, turn again
What happened to him could happen to anyone
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

At that the judge jerked forward an' his face it did freeze
Turn, turn, turn again
Sayin', ''Could you kindly leave my office now please.''
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

The room was funny an' i stood up so slow
Turn, turn, turn again
With no other choice except but for to go
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

I walked in the hallway an' i heard the door slam
Turn, turn, turn again
I walked down the courthouse stairs an' i did not understand
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

I played my guitar thru the nite to the day
Turn, turn, turn again
An' the only tune my guitar coul play
Was ''Oh the cruel rain an' the wind.''  up
    

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Percy's Song 4


26 Oct 1963
cd imgUNRAVELLED TALES: CARNEGIE HALL 26TH OCTOBER 1963 (T-992)
cd imgGENUINE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 3 The Third One Now (T-636)

  Live, Carnegie Hall, NYC - 26.oct.1963  

Here's a song i wrote, it's about a friend of mine, it's called ''Percy's Song''
And i took the tune from a song that a folksinger by the name of Paul Clayton sang,
Called ''The Wind And The Rain''

Bad news, bad news come to me where i sleep
Turn, turn, turn again
Sayin' one of your friends is in trouble deep
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

Oh what is the trouble, tell me once onto my ear
Turn, turn, turn again
Joliet prison an' ninety-nine years
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

Oh what is the charge of how this came to be?
Turn, turn, turn again
Manslaughter in the highest of degrees
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

I sat down an' wrote the best words that i could write
Turn, turn, turn again
Explainin' to the judge i'd be there on wednesday nite
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

Without a reply i left by the moon
Turn, turn, turn again
An' was in his chambers by the next afternoon
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

Could you tell me the facts? i said without fear
Turn, turn, turn again
That a friend of mine would get ninety-nine years
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

A crash on the highway flew a car onto a field
Turn, turn, turn again
There was four people killed an' he was at the wheel
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

But i know him as good as i know myself
Turn, turn, turn again
An' he wouldn't harm a life that belonged to someone else
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

That might be so said the judge from the side of his mouth
Turn, turn, turn again
But the witness who saw left little doubt
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

Then it might be true he has a sentence to serve
Turn, turn, turn again
But ninety-nine years he just don't deserve
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

Too late, too late for his case it is sealed
Turn, turn, turn again
The sentence is passed an' it cannot be repealed
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

But he ain't no criminal an' his crime it is none
Turn, turn, turn again
What happened to him coulda happened to anyone
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

At that the judge jerked forward an' his face it did freeze
Turn, turn, turn again
Sayin', Could you kindly leave my office now please.
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

I tilted my head an' i stood up so slow
Turn, turn, turn again
Without no choice except but for to go
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

I walked down the hallway an' i heard the door slam
Turn, turn, turn again
I walked down the courthouse stairs an' i did not understand
Turn, turn to the rain an' the wind.

I played my guitar thru the nite to the day
Turn, turn, turn again
An' the only tune my guitar coul play
Was ''Oh the cruel rain an' the wind.''  up
    

 Recording dates & record list

23 Oct 1963 1 BIOGRAPH
PURE DYLAN - AN INTIMATE LOOK AT BOB DYLAN
TWELVE CURSES (b) #2
24 Oct 1963 2 THROUGH A BULLET OF LIGHT (WITMARK DEMOS) (b)
GREAT WHITE WONDER Part 2 (vb)
24 (vb)
24 Oct 1963 3 TWELVE CURSES (b)
26 Oct 1963 4 UNRAVELLED TALES: CARNEGIE HALL 26TH OCTOBER 1963 (b)
GENUINE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 3 The Third One Now (b)