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Foot Of Pride 1

(Ain't No Going Back | see also Too Late)

Bob Dylan © 1983 Special Rider Music

(Official lyrics @ www.bobdylan.com)


29 Apr 1983
the bootleg series volumes 1-3 [rare and unreleased] 1961-1991
ROUGH CUTS (T-346)
DOWN IN THE FLOOD (T-146) (cut)

Infidels session 16, Power Station NYC - 29.apr.1983  

Like the lion tears the flesh off of a man
So can a woman who passes herself off as a male
They sang "Danny Boy" at his funeral and the Lord's Prayer
The preacher talked about Christ betrayal.
It's like the earth just opened and swallowed him up
He reached too high was thrown back to the ground
You know what they say 'bout bein' nice to the right people on the way up
Sooner or later you're gonna meet them comin' down.

Yeah, there ain't no goin' back
When your foot of pride come down, ain't no goin' back.

Hear you got a brother named James, don't forget faces and names
Sunken cheeks and his blood is mixed
He looked straight into the sun and said, revenge is mine, honey
But he drinks and drinks can be fixed.
Sing me one more song about your 'love me till the morning' stranger
And your fall-by-the-sword love affair with Errol Flynn
In these times of compassion, when conformity's a fashion
Say one more stupid thing to me before the final nail is driven in.

Well, there ain't no goin' back
When your foot of pride come down, ain't no goin' back. 

There's a retired businessman named Red
Cast down from heaven and he's out of his head
He feeds off of everyone that he can touch
He says he only deals with cash an' sells tickets to a plane crash
Not somebody that you play around with much.
Miss Delilah is his, a Philistine that's what she is
She'll do wonderous works with your fate, feed you coconut bread, spiced buns in bed
If you don't mind sleepin' with your head face down in the plate.

Well, there ain't no goin' back
When that foot of pride come down, ain't no goin' back.

Well, they'll choose a man for you to meet tonight
You'll play the fool and learn how to walk through doors
How to enter into the gates of paradise, no!
How to carry a burden too heavy to be yours.
There from the stage they'll be trying to get water out of rocks
A whore will pass a hat, collect a hundred grand and say thanks
They like to take all this money from sin, build big universities to study in
Sing Amazing Grace all the way to the Swiss banks.

Well, there ain't no goin' back
When your foot of pride come down, ain't no goin' back.

They got some beautiful people out there, man
They can be a terror to your mind and show you how to hold your tongue
They got mystery written all over their forehead
They kill babies in the crib and say only the good die young.
They don't believe in mercy
Judgement on 'em is somethin' that you'll never see
They can exalt you up or bring you down bankrupt
Turn you into anything that they want you to be.

Well, there ain't no goin' back
When that foot of pride come down, ain't no goin' back. 

Yes, I guess I loved him too
I can still see him in my mind climbin' that hill
Did he make it to the top? Well, he probably did and dropped
Struck down by the strength of the will.
Ain't nothin' left here, partner
Just the dust of a plague that has left this whole town afraid
From now on this will be where you're from, let the dead bury the dead, your time will come
Let that hot iron glow as he raised the shade.

There ain't no goin' back
When the foot of pride come down, ain't no goin' back.   
    

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Foot Of Pride 2


25 Apr 1983
SPRINGTIME IN NEW YORK: THE BOOTLEG SERIES VOL. 16 / 1980-1985

Infidels session 13, Power Station NYC - 25.apr.1983  

They say the wife got her husband drunk but I don't know, I wasn't there
I was visiting a friend in jail
They sang "Danny Boy" at the funeral and the Lord's Prayer
Preacher talked about Christ's betrayal.
Like the earth just opened and swallowed him up
That he reached too high and tumbled back to the ground
You know what they say 'bout bein' nice to the right people on the way up
Sooner or later you're gonna meet them comin' down.

There ain't no goin' back, ain't no goin' back
When the foot of pride come down, ain't no goin' back.

He had a brother named Paul, you can find him at the Cafˇ Royal
Where Miss Pixie plays and the reviews are mixed
He's on the borderline, says revenge is mine
But he drinks and drinks can be fixed.
Sing me one more song about whiskey heaven
And your old cold-blooded love affair with Errol Flynn
In these times of compassion when conformity's in fashion
Say one more stupid thing to me before the final nail is driven in.

Eh-eh-eh
When the foot of pride come down, ain't no goin' back. 

You know the slave trade blooms at the motorside ballroom 
Where the retired businessman named Red infects everyone in touch
He gives money to the church, foundations for research
He's not somebody you can play around with much.
This Miss Rosetta Blake if you're on the deep side of the track
She's rough to look at but she's straight
She'll feed you coconut bread, spiced buns in bed, forget everything you said
You won't have to worry about sleepin' with your face in the plate.

Well if it donÕt come back, it's too late back
When the foot of pride come down, ain't no goin' back.

You're gonna arrange to see a man tonight
Who'll tell you some secret things you think may open some doors
How to enter the bloody gates of paradise, no!
How to go crazy from carryin' a burden never meant to be yours.
From the stage some faker will be doin' the bumps and the grinds
A whore will pass the hat, collect a hundred grand an' say thanks
They like to take all this money from sin, build big prisons to do experiences
Sing Amazing Grace all the way to the Swiss banks.

Yeah, there ain't no goin' back, ain't no goin' back
When that foot of pride come down, ain't no goin' back.

They got some serious people in the visible world
They can ring your bell and show you how to hold your tongue
They don't come to party man
They kill babies in the crib and say only the good die young
They don't believe in mercy
Judgement on 'em is somethin' you'll never see
Turn you into the devil's daughter or lead you straight into the valley of slaughter
An' you'll still be thinkin' that you're the same person you used to be.

Yeah, there ain't no goin' back
When the foot of pride come down, ain't no goin' back. 

Yes I loved him too
I can still see him in my mind climbin' up that hill
Hope he made it to the top, well he probably did and then he stopped
Anyway it don't matter and it never will.
Ain't nothin' left here, partner
Just the dust of spoofs that have left their mark in spades
From now on this'll be where you're from, let the dead bury the dead, your time will come
Feel that hot iron glow as you raise the shades.

There ain't no goin' back, ain't no goin' back
When the foot of pride come down, ain't no goin' back
Ain't no goin' back.   
    

Recording dates & record list

25 Apr 1983 2SPRINGTIME IN NEW YORK: THE BOOTLEG SERIES VOL. 16 / 1980-1985
29 Apr 1983 1the bootleg series volumes 1-3 [rare and unreleased] 1961-1991
ROUGH CUTS (b)
DOWN IN THE FLOOD (b)