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Foot Of Pride

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

Bob Dylan © 1983 Special Rider Music

(Official lyrics @ www.bobdylan.com)


29 Apr 1983
cd imgTHE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 3
cd imgROUGH CUTS (T-346)
cd imgDOWN IN THE FLOOD (T-146) (cut)

  Infidels session 17, 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 betrayed.
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 in 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, spice 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 something 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.   up
    

 Recording dates & record list

29 Apr 1983 1 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 3
ROUGH CUTS (b)
DOWN IN THE FLOOD (b)