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Gotta Serve Somebody

Bob Dylan © 1979 Special Rider Music

(Official lyrics @ www.bobdylan.com)


4 May 1979
cd imgSLOW TRAIN COMING
cd imgBIOGRAPH
cd imgGREATEST HITS Vol. 3
cd imgTHE BEST OF BOB DYLAN
cd imgTHE ESSENTIAL BOB DYLAN
cd imgDYLAN 2007
cd imgMASKED AND ANONYMOUS Soundtrack

  Slow Train Coming session 5, Muscle Shoals Studio, Sheffield AL - 4.may.1979, take 1  
  Slow Train Coming session 5, Muscle Shoals Studio, Sheffield AL - 4.may.1979, album version  

You may be an ambassador to England or France
You may like to gamble, you might like to dance
You may be the heavyweight champion of the world
You may be a socialite with a long string of pearls
But you're gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed 
You're gonna have to serve somebody
Well it may be the devil or it may be the lord
But you're gonna have to serve somebody.

Might be a rock'n'roll addict prancin' on the stage
Might have drugs at your command, women in a cage
You may be a business man or some high degree thief
They may call you doctor or they may call you chief
But you're gonna have to serve somebody, yes you are
You're gonna have to serve somebody
Well it may be the devil or it may be the lord
But you're gonna have to serve somebody.

You may be a state trooper, you might be a young Turk
May be the head of some big tv network
You may be rich or poor, you may be blind or lame
May be livin' in another country under another name
But you're gonna have to serve somebody, yes you are
You're gonna have to serve somebody
Well it may be the devil or it may be the lord
But you're gonna have to serve somebody.

May be a construction worker workin' on a home
Might be livin' in a mansion, you might live in a dome
You may own guns and you may even own tanks
You may be somebody's landlord, you may even own banks
But you're gonna have to serve somebody, yes
You're gonna have to serve somebody
Well it may be the devil or it may be the lord
But you're gonna have to serve somebody

You may be a preacher with your spiritual pride
You may be a city councilman takin bribes on the side
May be workin' in a barbershop, you may know how to cut hair
You may be somebody's mistress, may be somebody's heir
But you're gonna have to serve somebody
Yes, you're gonna have to serve somebody
Well it may be the devil or it may be the lord
But you're gonna have to serve somebody.

Might like to wear cotton, might like to wear silk
Might like to drink whiskey, might like to drink milk
Might like to eat caviar, you might like to eat bread
May be sleepin' on the floor, sleepin' in a king-sized bed
But you're gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You're gonna have to serve somebody
Well it may be the devil or it may be the lord
But you're gonna have to serve somebody.

You may call me Terry, you may call me Timmy
You may call me Bobby or you may call me Zimmy
You may call me R.J., you may call me Ray
You may call me anything, no matter what you say
Still you're gonna have to serve somebody
Yes, you're gonna have to serve somebody
Well it may be the devil an' it may be the lord
But you're gonna have to serve somebody.  up
    

 Recording dates & record list

4 May 1979 1 SLOW TRAIN COMING
BIOGRAPH
GREATEST HITS Vol. 3
THE BEST OF BOB DYLAN
THE ESSENTIAL BOB DYLAN
DYLAN 2007
MASKED AND ANONYMOUS Soundtrack
4 May 1979 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 13 1979/1981 TROUBLE NO MORE (DeLuxe Edition) #3
9 Oct 1979 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 13 1979/1981 TROUBLE NO MORE (DeLuxe Edition) #4
20 Oct 1979 RE-TRANSMISSIONS
1 Nov 1979 NEW FOUND FAITH (b)
15 Nov 1979 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 13 1979/1981 TROUBLE NO MORE (DeLuxe Edition)
16 Nov 1979 CONTRACT WITH THE LORD PART 1 (b)
27 Feb 1980 ONE PUSH OF THE BUTTON: TV SHOWS (PART 1) (b)
18 Apr 1980 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 13 1979/1981 TROUBLE NO MORE (DeLuxe Edition) #5
19 Apr 1980 ROCK SOLID (b)
16 Nov 1980 KEEP IN TOUCH WITH THE ANTICHRIST (b)
30 Nov 1980 RISE AGAIN (b)
3 Dec 1980 A MUSICAL RETROSPECTIVE (b)
10 July 1981 IN THE SUMMERTIME (b)
10 Nov 1981 STADIUMS OF THE DAMNED (b)
27 Jun 1981 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 13 1979/1981 TROUBLE NO MORE (DeLuxe Edition) #2
THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 13 1979/1981 TROUBLE NO MORE (DeLuxe Edition) #6
Sep 1985 THE 1985 REHEARSAL TAPE (b)
26 July 1987 DYLAN & THE DEAD
8 Oct 1987 FLASHING FOR THE REFUGEES (b)
12 Nov 1990 YOU DON'T KNOW ME (b)
29 June 1991 THE NEVER ENDING TOUR (b)
29 June 1991 MIDFYN (b)
22 Feb 1999 THE LONELY GRAVEYARD OF MY MIND (b)
1 Feb 2002 SING WHILE YOU SLAVE (b)