Time Out of Mind sessions, Criteria studios, Miami FL - January 1997, album version
Well my heart's in the Highlands, gentle and fair
Honeysuckle bloomin' in the wildwood air
Bluebells blazin' where the Aberdeen waters flow
Well my heart's in The Highlands
I'm gonna go there when I feel good enough to go.
Windows were shakin' all night in my dreams
Everything was exactly the way that it seems
Woke up this mornin' and I looked at the same old paint
Same old rat race, life in the same old cage.
I don't want nothin' from anyone, ain't that much to take
Wouldn't know the difference between a real blonde and a fake
Feel like a prisoner in a world of mystery
I wish someone'd come and push back the clock for me.
Well my heart's in the Highlands wherever I roam
That's where I'll be when I get called home
The wind it whispers to the buckeye trees of rhyme
Well my heart's in the Highlands
I can only get there one step at a time.
I'm listening to Neil Young, I gotta turn up the sound
Someone's always yellin' "turn it down"
Feel like I'm driftin', driftin' from scene to scene
I'm wanderin' the world, in the devil could it all possibly mean.
Insanity is smashin' up against my soul
You could say I was on anythin' but a roll
If I had a conscience, well I just might blow my top
What would I do with it anyway, maybe take it to the pawn shop.
My heart's in the Highlands at the break of dawn
By the beautiful lake of the Black Swan
Big white clouds like chariots that swing down low
Well my heart's in the Highlands, only place left to go.
I'm in Boston town in some restaurant
I got no idea what I want
Or maybe I do but I'm just really not sure
Waitress comes over, nobody in the place but me and her.
Well it must be a holiday, there's nobody around
She studies me closely as I sit down
She got a pretty face and long white shiny legs
I said "Tell me what I want'', she says "You probably want hard boiled eggs.''
I said "That's right, bring me some''
She says "We ain't got any, you picked the wrong time to come''
Then she says "I know you're an artist, draw a picture of me.''
I said "I would if I could but I don't do sketches from memory''.
Well she's near she says, "I'm right here in front of you or haven't you looked.''
I say, "All right I know but I don't have my drawin' book.''
She gives me a napkin, she say, "You can do it on that.''
I say, ''Yes I could but I don't know where my pencil is at."
She pulls one out from behind her ear
She says, "Alright now go ahead, draw me I'm stayin' right here''
I make a few lines and I show it for her to see
Well she takes the napkin and throws it back and says "That don't look a thing like me.''
I said "Oh kind miss, it most certainly does''
She say "You must be joking'', I said "I wish I was''
She says "You don't read women authors do ya?'' at least that's what I think I hear her say
Well I say "How would you know, and what would it matter anyway.''
Well she says "You just don't seem like you do'', I said "you're way wrong''
She says "Which ones have you read then?'', I say "Read Erica Jong''
She goes away for a minute, and I slide out, out of my chair
I step outside back to the busy street, but nobody's goin' anywhere.
Well my heart's in the Highlands with the horses and hounds
Way up in the border country far from the towns
With the twang of the arrow and the snap of the bow
My heart's in the Highlands, can't see any other way to go.
Every day is the same thing, out the door
Feel further away than ever before
Some things in life it just gets too late to learn
Well I'm lost somewhere, I must have made a few bad turns.
I see people in the park, forgettin' their troubles and woes
They're drinkin' and dancin', wearin' bright colored clothes
All the young men with the young women lookin' so good
Well I'd trade places with any of 'em, in a minute if I could.
I'm crossin' the street to get away from a mangy dog
Talkin' to myself in a monologue
I think what I need might be a full length leather coat
Somebody just asked me if I'm registered to vote.
The sun is beginnin' to shine on me
But it's not like the sun that used to be
The party's over and there's less and less to say
I got new eyes, everything looks far away.
Well my heart's in the Highlands at the break of day
Over the hills and far away
There's a way to get there, and I'll figure it out somehow
Well I'm already there in my mind and that's good enough for now.