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Goodbye Jimmy Reed

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 ?  

I live on a street named after a saint 
Women in the churches wear powder and paint 
Where the Jews and the Catholics and the Muslims all pray
I can tell a Proddy from a mile away 
Goodbye Jimmy Reed, Jimmy Reed indeed
Gimme that old time religion, it's just what I need

For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory 
Go tell it on the mountain, go tell the real story 
Tell it in that straightforward puritanical tone
In the mystic hours when a person's alone 
Goodbye Jimmy Reed, Godspeed
Thump on the bible, proclaim the creed

You won't amount to much the people all said
‘Cause I didn't play guitar behind my head
Never pandered, never acted proud
Never took off my shoes and threw them into the crowd
Goodbye Jimmy Reed, goodbye and good night
Put a jewel in your crown and I'll put out the light 

They threw everything at me, everything in the book
Had nothin' to fight with but a butcher's hook
They had no pity, they never lend a hand
I can't sing a song that I don't understand
Goodbye Jimmy Reed, goodbye and good luck
I can't play the record 'cause my needle got stuck

Transparent woman in a transparent dress
Suits you well, I must confess
I'll break open your grapes, I'll suck out the juice
I need you like my head needs a noose
Goodbye Jimmy Reed, goodbye and so long
I thought I could resist her but I was so wrong

God be with you, brother dear
If you don't mind me askin', what brings you here?
Ah nothin' much, I'm just lookin' for the man
I came to see where he's lyin' in this lost land
Goodbye Jimmy Reed and everythin' within ya
Can't you hear me callin' from down in Virginia? 

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