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Ain't Talkin' 1

Bob Dylan © 2006 Special Rider Music

(Official lyrics @ www.bobdylan.com)


Feb 2006
cd imgMODERN TIMES

  MODERN TIMES session, Clinton Studio NYC- february 2006  

As i walked out tonight in the mystic garden
The wounded flowers were danglin' from the vine
I was passin' by yon cool crystal fountain
Someone hit me from behind.

Ain't talkin', just walkin'
Through this weary world of woe
Heart burnin', still yearnin'
No one on earth would ever know.

They say prayer has the power to heal, so pray for me, mother
In the human heart an evil spirit can dwell
I am a-tryin' to love my neighbor and do good unto others
But oh, mother, things ain't going well.

Ain't talkin', just walkin'
I'll burn that bridge before you can cross
Heart burnin', still yearnin'
There'll be no mercy for you once you've lost.

Now i'm all worn down by weepin'
My eyes are filled with tears, my lips are dry
If i catch my opponents ever sleepin'
I'll just slaughter 'em where they lie.

Ain't talkin', just walkin'
Through the world mysterious and vague
Heart burnin', still yearnin'
Walkin' through the cities of the plague.

Well the whole world is filled with speculation
The whole wide world which people say is round
They will tear your mind away from contemplation
They will jump on your misfortune when you're down.

Ain't talkin', just walkin'
Eatin' hog eyed grease in a hog eyed town.
Heart burnin', still yearnin'
Some day you'll be glad to have me around.

They will crush you with wealth and power
Every wakin' moment you could crack
I'll make the most of one last extra hour
I'll avenge my father's death then i'll step back.

Ain't talkin', just walkin'
Hand me down my walkin' cane.
Heart burnin', still yearnin'
Got to get you out of my miserable brain.

All my loyal and my much loved companions
They approve of me and share my code
I practice a faith that's been long abandoned
Ain't no altars on this long and lonesome road.

Ain't talkin', just walkin'
My mule is sick, my horse is blind.
Heart burnin', still yearnin'
Thinkin' 'bout that gal i left behind.

Well it's bright in the heavens and the wheels are flyin'
Fame and honor never seem to fade
The fire gone out but the light is never dyin'
Who says i can't get heavenly aid?

Ain't talkin', just walkin'
Carryin' a dead man's seal
Heart burnin', still yearnin'
Walkin' with a toothache in my heel.

The sufferin' is unending
Every nook and cranny has its tears
I'm not playin', i'm not pretendin'
I'm not nursin' any superfluous fears.

Ain't talkin', just walkin'
Walkin' ever since the other night
Heart burnin', still yearnin'
Walkin' 'til i'm clean out of sight.

As i walked out in the mystic garden
On a hot summer day, a hot summer lawn
Excuse me, ma'am, i beg your pardon
There's no one here, the gardener is gone.

Ain't talkin', just a-walkin'
Up the road, around the bend.
Heart burnin', still yearnin'
In the last outback at the world's end.  up
    

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Ain't Talkin' 2


Feb 2006
cd imgTHE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 8 TELL TALE SIGNS RARE AND UNRELEASED 1989-2006

  MODERN TIMES session, Clinton Studio NYC- february 2006  

As i walked out tonight in the mystic garden
Wounded flowers were danglin' from the vine
I was passin' by yon cool and crystal fountain
Someone hit me from behind.

Ain't talkin', just walkin'
Through this weary world of woe
Heart burnin', still yearnin'
No one on earth would ever know.

They say prayer has the power to heal, so pray for me, mother
In the human heart an evil spirit can dwell
I am tryin' to love my neighbor and do good unto others
But oh, mother, things ain't goin' well.

Ain't talkin', just walkin'
I'll burn that bridge before you get across
Heart burnin', still yearnin'
There'll be no mercy for you once you've lost.

I'm all worn out from weepin'
My eyes are full of tears and my lips are dry
If i ever catch my opponents sleepin'
I'll slaughter 'em where they lie.

Ain't talkin', just walkin'
Through a world mysterious and vague
Heart burnin', still yearnin'
Walkin' through the cities of the plague.

The whole world is filled with speculation
The whole world which people say is round
I've got no time for idle conversation
I need to find a doctor in this town.

Ain't talkin', just walkin'
All rails leadin' to the west
Heart burnin', still yearnin'
I'm gonna throw myself upon your lovin' breast.

It's the first new day of a grand and a glorious autumn
The queen of love is comin' across the grass
None dare call her anything but madam
No one flirts with her or even makes a pass.

Ain't talkin', just walkin'
Standin' outside the gates of wrath
Heart burnin', still yearnin'
Take a little trip down the primrose path.

I got the worst old feeling and it's gettin' stronger
I'm worn out with public service, i'm beginnin' to crack
I won't stay on any longer
I'll avenge my father's death then i'll step back.

Ain't talkin', just walkin'
Hand me down my walkin' cane
Heart burnin', still yearnin'
Tryin' to get you out of my miserable brain.

As i walked out tonight in the mystic garden
The wounded flowers were danglin' from the vine
I was passin' by yon cool and crystal fountain
Someone hit me from behind.

Ain't talkin', just walkin'
You ride up high and down you go
Heart burnin', still yearnin'
No one on earth will ever know.  up
    

 Recording dates & record list

Feb 2006 1 MODERN TIMES
Feb 2006 2 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 8 TELL TALE SIGNS RARE AND UNRELEASED 1989-2006