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The Groom's Still Waiting At The Altar 1

Bob Dylan © 1981 Special Rider Music

(Official lyrics @ www.bobdylan.com)


May 1981
cd imgSHOT OF LOVE
cd imgBIOGRAPH
cd imgGREATEST HITS Vol. 3
cd imgDYLAN 2007

  Shot Of Love session 14, Clover Recorders, Los Angeles CA - early may.1981, album version  

Prayin' in the ghetto with my face in the cement
Heard the last moan of a boxer, seen the massacre of the innocent.
Felt around for the light switch, felt around for her face 
Been treated like a farm animal on a wild goose chase. 

West of the Jordan, east of the rock of Gibraltar
I see the turnin' of the page
Curtain risin' on a new age
See the groom's still waitin' at the altar.

Try to be pure at heart, they arrest you for robbery
Mistake your shyness for aloofness, your silence for snobbery.
Got the message this mornin', the one that was sent to me
About the madness of becomin' what one was never meant to be.

West of the Jordan, east of the rock of Gibraltar
I see the turnin' of the page
Curtain risin' on a new age
See the groom 's still waitin' at the altar.

Don't know what i can say about Claudette that wouldn't come back to haunt me
Finally had to her give up 'bout the time she began to want me.
But i know god has mercy on 'em who are slandered an' humiliated
I'd have done anythin' for what woman if she didn't make me feel obligated.

West of the Jordan, east of the rock of Gibraltar
I see the turnin' of the page
Curtain risin' on a new stage
See the groom 's still waitin' at the altar.

Put your hand on my head, baby, do i have a temperature?
I see people who are supposed to know better standin' around like furniture
There's a wall between you an' what you want, you got to leap it
Tonight you got the power to take it, tomorrow you won't have the power to keep it.

West of the Jordan, east of the rock of Gibraltar
I see the turnin' of the page
Curtain risin' on a new age
See the groom 's still waitin' at the altar.

Cities on fire, phones out of order
They're killin' nuns an' soldiers, there's fightin' on the border.
What can i say about Claudette? Ain't seen her since january
She could be respectably married or runnin' a whorehouse in Buenos Aires.

West of the Jordan, east of the rock of Gibraltar
I see the turnin' of the page
Curtain risin' on a new age
See the groom 's still waitin' at the altar.  up
    

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The Groom's Still Waiting At The Altar 2 (uncomplete)


15 Nov 1980
cd imgA MUSICAL RETROSPECTIVE (T-719)

  Live, Fox Warfield theatre, San Francisco - 15.nov.1980  

Prayin' in the ghetto, face in the cement
Heard the last moan of a boxer, i seen the massacre of the innocent
Felt around for the light switch, became nauseated
Just me and an overweight dancer, between walls that are deteriorated.

Oh, set my affections on things above
Let nothing stand in the way of that love
Not even the Rock of Gibraltar!
If you see her on Fanning Street
Tell her that i still think she's neat
And that the groom's still waiting at the altar.

Well [.......] and highwaymen, pushin' women into robbery
Mistakin' your shyness for aloofness, your silence for snobbery
Never did get the message, don't even know when one was sent to me
About the madness of becoming what one was never meant to be.

Well, set my affections on things above
Let nothing stand in the way of that love
Not even the Rock of Gibraltar!
If you see her on Fanning Street
Well, tell her that i still think she's neat
And that the groom's still waiting at the altar.

Well, what can i say about Claudette that wouldn't come back home to haunt me
I finally had to give her up about the time she began to want me.
But Lord God has mercy on them slandered and humiliated
I'd have done anything for that woman, if she'd only made me feel obligated.

Well, set my affections on things above
Let nothing stand in the way of that love
Rock of Gibraltar!
If you see her on Fanning Street
Tell her that i still think she's neat
And that the groom's still waiting at the altar, all right.

Locked into a time-zone, with a high degree temperature
Wise men countin' their money, fools standin' around like furniture
There's a wall between you and what you want an' you gotta leap it
Tonight you got the power to take it, tomorrow you won't have the power to keep it.

Well, set my affections on things above
Let nothing stand in the way of that love
Not even the rock of Gibraltar
If you see her on Fanning Street
Tell her that i still think she's neat
And that the groom's still waiting at the altar.

Wait about a minute, i found a solution
Too rich for my blood and i needed a transfusion
Don't know what i can say about Claudette, she's in the mountains or the prairies
She could be respectably married or running a whorehouse in Buenos Aires.

Oh, set my affections on things above
Let nothing stand in the way of that love
Not even the Rock of Gibraltar!
If you see her on Fanning Street
Tell her that i still think she's neat
And that the groom's still waiting at the altar.  up
    

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16 Nov 1980
cd imgKEEP IN TOUCH WITH THE ANTICHRIST (T-185)

  Live, Fox Warfield theatre, San Francisco - 16.nov.1980  

Prayin' in the ghetto, face in the cement
Heard the last moan of a boxer, seen the massacre of the innocent
Felt around for the light switch, became so nauseated
Just me and an overworked dancer, between walls that are really deteriorated.

Oh, set my affections on things above
Let nothing stand in the way of that love
Not even the Rock of Gibraltar!
If you see her on Fanning Street
Tell her that i still think she's neat
And that the groom's still waiting at the altar.

Highwaymen and hitmen, pushin', hellraisin', and robbery
Mistakin' your shyness for aloofness, mistakin' your silence for snobbery
I never did get the message, i don't even know when one was sent to me
About the madness of becoming what one was never meant to be.

Well, set my affections on things above
Let nothing stand in the way of that love
Not even the Rock of Gibraltar!
If you see her on Fanning Street
Tell her that i still think she's neat
And that the groom's still waiting at the altar.

What can i say about Claudette that wouldn't come back home to haunt me
Finally had to give her up about the time she began to want me.
God has mercy on them slandered and humiliated
I'd have done anything for that woman, if she'd only made me feel obligated.

Well, set my affections on things above
Let nothing stand in the way of that love
If you see her on Fanning Street
Tell her that i still think she's neat
And that the groom's still waiting at the altar.

Locked into a time-zone, with a high degree temperature
Fools countin' their money, wise men standin' around like furniture
There's a wall between you and what you want an' you gotta leap it
Tonight you got the power to take it, tomorrow you won't have the power to keep it.

Well, set my affections on things above
Let nothing stand in the way of that love
If you see her on Fanning Street
Tell her that i still think she's neat
And that the groom's still waiting at the altar.

Looked for the answer, found a solution
Too rich for my blood and i needed a transfusion
Don't know what i say about Claudette, she could be in the mountains or the prairies
She could be respectably married or running a whorehouse in Buenos Aires.

Oh, set my affections on things above
Let nothing stand in the way of that love
Not even the Rock of Gibraltar!
If you see her on Fanning Street
Tell her that i still think she's neat
And that the groom's still waiting at the altar.  up
    

 Recording dates & record list

13 Nov 1980 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 13 1979/1981 TROUBLE NO MORE (DeLuxe Edition)
15 Nov 1980 2 A MUSICAL RETROSPECTIVE (b)
16 Nov 1980 3 KEEP IN TOUCH WITH THE ANTICHRIST (b)
May 1981 1 SHOT OF LOVE
BIOGRAPH
GREATEST HITS Vol. 3
DYLAN 2007
1 May 1981 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 13 1979/1981 TROUBLE NO MORE (DeLuxe Edition) #2