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Bob Dylan's New Orleans Rag 1

(New Orleans Rag)

Bob Dylan © 1963, 1970 Warner Bros. Music

(Official lyrics @ www.bobdylan.com)


24 Oct 1963
cd imgGREAT WHITE WONDER (vinyl bootleg)
cd imgSTEALIN (vinyl bootleg)
cd imgPORTRAIT (vinyl bootleg)

  Columbia Studio A, NYC - 24 Oct 1963, The Times They Are A-Changin' session 5  

I was sittin' on a stump down in New Orleans
I was feelin' kinda low down, dirty an' mean
Along come a fella an' he didn't even ask
He said, "I know of a woman who can fix you up fast.''

Well i didn't think twice, i just said like i should
"Let's go find this lady who can do me some good.''
We walked across Rampart on a sailin' spree
An' we come to a door called one-oh-three.

I's just about ready to give my little knock
When out comes a fella who couldn't even walk
He's linkin' an' a-slinkin', couldn't stand on his feet
An' he moaned an' he groaned an' he shuffled down the street.

Well, out of the door there comes another man
He couldn't even talk an' he couldn't even stand
He moaned an' he groaned an' he shuffled his feet
An' he slid slidin' backwards down on Rampart street.

Well, i peeked thru the key hole an' comin' down the hall
Was a long legged man who could hardly crawl
He had a terrible mean look in his eye
Like he'd just fall to burn, he's was ready to die.

Well somebody else with his hell of a miss
Fell out of the window an' he fell the test
Well he slid an' he slunk in broken french
An' he looked like he'd been thru a monkey wrench.

Well, by this time i was a-scared to knock
I was a-scared to move, i's in a state of shock
I hummed a little tune an' i shuffled my feet
An' i started walkin' backwards down Rampart street.

Well, i got to the corner i tried my best smile
I turned around the corner an' i ran a bloody mile
Man, i wasn't around for to meet my wife
I's just a-runnin' for to save my life.

Well, i's coughin' in my ears an' wheezin' in my chest
I musta run a mile in a minute or less
I tripped on a log an' i flumped on a stump
I caught a fast freight train with a one-arm jump.

So if you're travellin' down Louisiana way
An' you're feelin' kinda lonesome an' you need a place to stay
Man, you're better off in your misery
Than to tackle that lady in one-oh-three.  up
    

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Bob Dylan's New Orleans Rag 2


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  

This one's called New Orleans Rag, you'll find out why...
I'll try to remember all the verses for you.
 At one time this was very long. 
But ... I don't think it will be quite that long tonight
I'll try to see what I can put in it though.

I was sittin' on a stump down in New Orleans
I was feelin' kinda low down, dirty an' mean
Along come a fella an' he didn't even ask
He said, "I know of a woman who can fix you up fast.''

Well i didn't think twice, i said like i should
"Let's go find this lady who can do me some good.''
We walked across Rampart on a sailin' spree
An' we come to a door called one-oh-three.

I's just about ready to give my little knock
When out comes a fella who couldn't even walk
He's linkin' an' a-slinkin', couldn't stand on his feet
An' he moaned an' he groaned an' he shuffled down the street.

Well, out of the door there comes another man
He wiggled an' he wobbled, he couldn't hardly stand
He had this fistfightin' look in his eyes
Like he just fought a bear he was ready to die.

Well, i peeked thru the key crack comin' down the hall
Was a long legged man who could hardly crawl
He muttered an' he uttered in broken french
An' he looked like he'd been thru a monkey wrench.

Well, by this time i was scared to knock
I was scared to move, i's in a state of shock
I hummed a little tune an' i shuffled my feet
An' i started walkin' backwards down Rampart street.

Well, i got to the corner i tried my best smile
I turned around the corner an' i ran a bloody mile
Man, i was runnin' 'cause I was sick
I 's just a runnin' to get outta there quick.

Well, i tripped right along an' i'm a-wheezin' in my chest
I musta run a mile in a minute or less
I walked on a log an' i tripped on a stump
I caught a fast freight train with a one-arm jump.

So if you're travellin' down Louisiana way
An' you feel kinda lonesome an' you need a place to stay
Man, you're better off in your misery
Than to tackle that lady at one-oh-three.  up
    

 Recording dates & record list

12 Apr 1963 2 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)
24 Oct 1963 1 GREAT WHITE WONDER (vb)
STEALIN (vb)
PORTRAIT (vb)