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False Prophet

Bob Dylan © 2020 Special Rider Music

(Official lyrics @ www.bobdylan.com)

Jan 2020

Rough And Rowdy Days sessions, Sunset Sound Studio LA - January/February 2020 ?  

Another day that don't end, another ship goin' out
Another day of anger, bitterness and doubt
I know how it happened, I saw it begin
I opened my heart to the world and the world caved in

Hello Mary Lou, hello Miss Pearl
My fleet footed guides from the underworld
No stars in the sky shine brighter than you
You girls mean business and I do too

Well I'm the enemy of treason and enemy of strife
I'm the enemy of the unlived meaningless life
I ain't no false prophet, I just know what I know
I go where only the lonely can go

I'm first among equals, second to none
The last of the best, you can bury the rest
Bury 'em naked with their silver and gold
Put 'em six feet under and pray for their soul

What are you lookin' at? There's nothin' to see
Just a cool breeze that's encirclin' me
Let's go for a walk in the garden so far and so wide
We can sit in the shade by the fountain side

I search the world over for the holy Grail
I sing songs of love, I sing songs of betrayal
Don't care what I drink, I don't care what I eat
I'll climb the mountain of swords on my bare feet

You don't know me darlin', you never would guess
I'm nothing like my ghostly appearance would suggest
I ain't no false prophet, I just said what I said
I'm just here to bring vengeance on somebody's head

Put out your hand, there's nothin' to hold
Open your mouth, I'll stuff it with gold
Oh you poor devil look up if you will
The city of God is up there on the hill

Hello stranger, hello and goodbye
You rule the land but so do I
You lusty old mule, you got a poisoned brain
I'll marry you to a ball and chain

You know darlin' the kind of life that I live
When your smile meets my smile, somethin' has got to give
I ain't no false prophet, no, I'm nobody's bride
Can't remember when I was born and I forgot when I died. 

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