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Who Killed Davey Moore? 1

Bob Dylan © 1964 Witmark & Sons, 1965 Warner Chapell Music

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12 Apr 1963
cd imgSTOLEN MOMENTS: NEW YORK TOWN HALL 12TH APRIL 1963 (T-978)
cd imgTHE BANJO TAPE & NYC TOWN HALL (T-452)
cd imgACOUSTIC SET N.Y.C. 1963 (T-109)
cd imgBLACK NITE CRASH (vinyl bootleg)

  Live, Town Hall, NYC - 12.apr.1963  

Who killed Davey Moore,
Why and what's the reason for?

Not I, said the referee,
Don't point your finger at me.
Sure I could have stopped it in the eighth
And kept him from his terrible fate.
But the crowd would have boeed, I'm sure
At not getting their money's worth.
It's too bad he had to go,
But there was pressure on me too, you know.
No it wasn't me that made him fall.
You can't blame me at all.

Who killed Davey Moore,
Why and what's the reason for?

Not us, said the angry crowd,
Whose screams filled the arena loud.
It's too bad he died that night,
But we just liked to see a good fight.
We didn't mean for him to meet his death,
We just liked to see some sweat.
There ain't nothing wrong in that.
It wasn't us that made him fall.
You can't blame us at all.

Who killed Davey Moore,
why and what's the reason for?

Not me, said his manager,
Puffing on a big cigar.
It's hard to say, it's hard to tell,
I always thought that he was well.
It's too bad for his wife and his kids he's dead,
But if he was sick, he should have said.
It wasn't me that made him fall.
No you can't blame me at all.

Who killed Davey Moore,
Why and what's the reason for?

Not me, says the boxing writer
Who pounds prints on his old typewriter.
Saying boxing ain't to blame,
There's just as much danger in a football game.
Saying boxing is here to stay,
It's just the old American way.
No it wasn't me that made him fall.
You can't blame me at all.

Who killed Davey Moore,
Why and what's the reason for?

Not I, said the man whose fists
Laid him low in a cloud of mist,
Who came here from Cuba's door
Where boxing ain't allowed no more.
I hit him, yes it's true,
But that's what I am paid to do.
Don't say murder, don't say kill,
It was destiny, it was Gods will.

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26 Oct 1963
cd imgTHE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 1
cd imgUNRAVELLED TALES: CARNEGIE HALL 26TH OCTOBER 1963 (T-992)
cd imgGREAT WHITE WONDER Part 2 (vinyl bootleg)
cd imgGWW A THOUSAND MILES BEHIND (vinyl bootleg)
cd img24 (vinyl bootleg)

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

Who killed Davey Moore?
Why an' what's the reason for?

"Not i'', said the referee
"Don't point your finger at me
I could have stopped it in the eight
An' maybe kept him form his fate
But the crowd would have booed, i'm sure
At not gettin' their money's worth
It's too hard he had to go
But there was pressure on me too, you know
It wasn't me that made him fall
You can't blame me at all.''

Who killed Davey Moore?
Why an' what's the reason for?

"Not us'', said the angry crowd
Whose screams filled the arena loud
"It's too bad he had to die that night
But we just like to see a good old fashioned fight
We didn't mean for him to meet his death
We just meant to see some sweat
There ain't nothin' wrong in that
It wasn't us that made him fall
You can't blame us at all.''

Who killed Davey Moore?
Why an' what's the reason for?

"Not me'', said his manager
Puffin' on a big cigar
"It's hard to say, it's hard to tell
I always thought that he was well
It's too bad for his wife an' kids he's dead
But if he was sick he should 've said
It wasn't me that made him fall
You can't blame me at all.''

Who killed Davey Moore?
Why an' what's the reason for?

"Not me'', said the gamblin' man
With his ticket stub still in his hand
"It wasn't me that knocked him down
My hands didn't touch him none
I didn't commit no ugly sin
Anyway i put money on him to win
It wasn't me that made him fall
You can't blame me at all.''

Who killed Davey Moore?
Why an' what's the reason for?

"Not me'', said the boxin' writer
Who pounds some prints on his ol' typewriter
Sayin', "Boxin' is here to stay
There's just as much danger in a football game''
Sayin', "Fist fightin' is here to stay
It's just the ol' american way
It wasn't me that made him fall
You can't blame me at all.''

Who killed Davey Moore?
Why an' what's the reason for?

"Not me'', said the man whose fists
Laid him low in a cloud of mist
Who came here from Cuba's door
Where boxin' ain't allowed no more
"I hit him, i hit him, yes it's true
But that's what i'm paid to do
Don't say murder, don't say kill
It was destiny, it was God's will.''

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 Recording dates & record list

12 Apr 1963 1 STOLEN MOMENTS: NEW YORK TOWN HALL 12TH APRIL 1963 (b)
THE BANJO TAPE & NYC TOWN HALL (b)
ACOUSTIC SET N.Y.C. 1963 (b)
BLACK NITE CRASH (vb)
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 2 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 1
UNRAVELLED TALES: CARNEGIE HALL 26TH OCTOBER 1963 (b)
GREAT WHITE WONDER Part 2 (vb)
GWW A THOUSAND MILES BEHIND (vb)
24 (vb)
17 May 1964 50TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION 1964
10 Oct 1964 50TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION 1964 #2
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)