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Brownsville Girl

Words by Bob Dylan, Sam Sheppard, music by Bob Dylan © 1986 Special Rider Music

(Official lyrics @ www.bobdylan.com)


11 Dec 1984
cd imgKNOCKED OUT LOADED
cd imgGREATEST HITS Vol. 3
cd imgDYLAN 2007

  Empire Burlesque session, Cherokee Studios LA - 10/11.dec.1984 
   overdubbed Knocked Out Loaded session,  Skyline Recording Studio Topanga Park CA -  16 may 1986  

Well, there was this movie i seen one time
About a man ridin' 'cross the desert an' it starred Gregory Peck.
He was shot down by a hungry kid tryin' to make a name for himself
The townspeople wanted to crush that kid down and string him up by the neck.

Well the Marshall, now he beat that kid to a bloody pulp,
As the dyin' gunfighter lay in the sun and gasped for his last breath.
Turn him loose, let him go, let him say he outdrew me fair and square,
I want him to feel what it's like to every moment face his death.

Well i keep seein' this stuff and it just comes a-rollin' in,
And you know it blows right through me like a ball and chain.
You know i can't believe we've lived so long and are still so far apart,
The memory of you keeps callin' after me like a rollin' train.

I can still see the day that you came to me on the painted desert
In your busted down Ford and your platform heels.
I could never figure out why you choose that particular place to meet,
Ah, but you were right, it was perfect, as i got in behind the wheel.

Well, we drove that car all night until we got into San Anton'
And we slept near the Alamo. Your skin was so tender and soft.
Way down in Mexico you went out to find a doctor and you never came back,
I would have gone on after you, but i didn't feel like letting my head get blown off.

Well, we're drivin' this car and the sun is comin' up over the Rockies.
Now i know she ain't you but she's here and she's got that dark rhythm in her soul.
But i'm too over the edge and i ain't in the mood any more to remember the times 
When i was your only man.
And she don't want to remind me, she knows this car would go out of control.

Brownsville Girl with your Brownsville curl,
Teeth like pearls shinin' like the moon above.
Brownsville Girl show me all around the world.
Brownsville Girl, you're my honey love.

Well we crossed the panhandle and then we headed towards Amarillo.
We pulled up where Henry Porter used to live, he owned a wreckin' lot outside of town, about a mile.
Ruby was in the backyard hangin' clothes, she had her red hair tied back.
She saw us come rollin' up in a trail of dust, she said Henry ain't here,
But you can come on in, he'll be back in a little while.

And she told us how times were tough and about how she was thinkin' of bummin' a ride back to
From where she started, but she changed the subject every time money came up.
She said, "Welcome to land of the living dead'', but you could tell she was so broken-hearted.
She said, "Even the swap meets around here are getting pretty corrupt''.

"How far are you all going?'' Ruby asked us with a sigh.
"We're goin' all the way 'til the wheels fall off and burn.
 'till the sun peels off the paint and the seat covers fade and the water moccasin dies''.
Ruby just smiled and said, "Ah, you know, some babies never learn''.

Something about that movie though, well i just can't get it out of my head.
But i can't remember why i was in it or what part i was supposed to play.
All i remember about it was it starred Gregory Peck and the way people moved.
And a lot of them seemed to be looking my way.

Brownsville Girl with your Brownsville curl,
Teeth like pearls shining like the moon above.
Brownsville Girl show me all around the world.
Brownsville Girl, you're my honey love.

Well, they were looking for somebody with a pompadour.
I was crossing the street when shots rang out.
I didn't know whether to duck or to run so i ran.
We've got him cornered in the churchyard i heard somebody shout.

Well, you saw my picture in the Corpus Christi Tribune, underneath it said, "A man with no alibi''.
You went out on a limb to testify for me, you said i was with you.
Then when i saw you break down in front of the judge and cry real tears,
It was the best acting i saw anybody do.

I've always been the kind of person that does not like to trespass 
But sometimes you just find yourself over the lines.
Oh, if there's an original thought out there, i could use it right now!
You know i feel pretty good, but that ain't sayin' much,
I could feel a whole lot better, if you were just here by my side to show me how.

Well i'm standing in line in the rain to see a movie starring Gregory Peck.
Yeah but you know it's not the one that i had in mind.
He's got a new one out now, i don't even know what it's about.
But i'll see him in anything so i stand in line.

Brownsville Girl with your Brownsville curl,
Teeth like pearls shining like the moon above.
Brownsville Girl show me all around the world.
Brownsville Girl, you're my honey love.

You know, it's funny how things never turn out the way you had'em planned.
The only thing we know for sure about Henry Porter is that his name wasn't Henry Porter.
And you know there was something about you baby that i liked that was always too good for this world.
Just like you always said there was something about me you liked that i left in the French Quarter.

Strange how people who suffered together have stronger connections than people who are most content.
I don't have any regrets, they can talk about me plenty when i'm gone.
You always said people don't do what they believe in, they just do what's most convenient, then they repent.
And i always said, "Hang on to me baby, and let's hope that the roof stays on''.

There was a movie i seen one time, i think i sat through it twice.
I don't remember who i was or where i was bound.
All i remember about it was it starred Gregory Peck.
He wore a gun and he was shot in the back, seems like a long time ago, long before the stars were torn down.

Brownsville Girl with your Brownsville curl,
Teeth like pearls shining like the moon above.
Brownsville Girl show me all around the world.
Brownsville Girl, you're my honey love.

Brownsville Girl with your Brownsville curl,
Teeth like pearls shining like the moon above.
Brownsville Girl show me all around the world.
Brownsville Girl, you're my honey love.  up
    

 Recording dates & record list

11 Dec 1984 1 KNOCKED OUT LOADED
GREATEST HITS Vol. 3
DYLAN 2007