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Hurricane 1

Words by Bob Dylan, Jacques Levy, music by Bob Dylan © 1975 Ram's Horn Music

(Official lyrics @ www.bobdylan.com)


24 Oct 1975
cd imgDESIRE
cd imgGREATEST HITS Vol. 3
cd imgTHE BEST OF BOB DYLAN Vol. 2
cd imgTHE ESSENTIAL BOB DYLAN
cd imgDYLAN 2007
cd imgKNOCKIN' ON HEAVEN'S DOOR MTV UNPLUGGED (CD single)
cd imgTHINGS HAVE CHANGED (CD EP single)

  Desire session 6, Columbia Studio 1, NYC - 24.oct.1975, album version  

  Rolling Thunder Revue, Seacrest Motel rehearsals, Falmouth MA - 29.oct.1975  

Pistol shots ring out in the barroom night
Enter Patty Valentine from the upper hall
She sees the bartender in a pool of blood
Cries out, ''My god they killed 'em all!''
Here comes the story of the hurricane
The man the authorities came to blame
For something that he never done
Put in a prison cell but one time
He coulda been the champion of the world.

Three bodies lyin' there does Patty see
An' another man named Bello movin' round mysteriously
''I didn't do it'', he says an' he throws up his hands
''I was only robbin' the register, i hope you understand''
''I saw them leavin''', he says an' he stops
''One of us had better call up the cops''
An' so Patty calls the cops
An' they arrive on the scene with their red lights 
Flashin' in the hot New Jersey night.

Meanwhile far away in another part of town
Rubin Carter an' a couple of friends are drivin' around
Number one contender for the middleweight crown
Had no idea what kinda shit was about to go down
When a cop pulled 'em over to the side of the road
Just like the time before an' the time before that
In Paterson that's just the way things go
If you're black you might as well not show up on the street
'Less you wanna draw the heat.

Alfred Bello had a partner an' he had a rap for the cops
Him an' Arthur Dexter Bradley were just out prowlin' around
He said, ''I saw two men runnin' out they looked like middleweights
They jumped into a white car with out-of-state plates''
An' miss Patty Valentine just nodded her head
Cop said, ''Wait a minute boys, this one's not dead''
So they took him to the infirmary
An' though this man can hardly see
They told him he could identify the guilty men.

Four in the mornin' an' they haul Rubin in
They take him to the hospital an' they bring him upstairs
The wounded man looks up through his one dyin' eye
Say, ''Why d'you bring him in here for? He ain't the guy!''
Here comes the story of the hurricane
The man the authorities came to blame
For something that he never done
Put in a prison cell but one time
He coulda been the champion of the world.

Four months later the ghettoes are in flame 
Rubin's in South America fightin' for his name
While Arthur Dexter Bradley is still in the robbery game
An' the cops are puttin' the screws t' him lookin' for somebody to blame
''Remember that murder that happened in a bar
Remember you said you saw the getaway car
You think you'd like to play ball with the law
Think it mighta been that fighter that you saw runnin' that night?
Don't forget that you are white.''

Arthur Dexter Bradley said, ''I'm really not sure''
The cops said, ''A poor boy like you can use this break
We got you for the motel job an' we're talkin' to your friend Bello
Now you don't wanna have to go back to jail, be a nice fellow
You'll be doin' society a favor
That sonofabitch is brave an' gettin' braver
We want to put his ass in stir
We want to pin this triple murder on him
He ain't no Gentleman Jim.''

Rubin could take a man out with just one punch
But he never did like to talk about it all that much
''It's my work'', he'd say, ''i do it for pay
An' when it's over i'd just as soon on my way
Up to some paradise
Where the trout streams flow an' the air is nice
An' ride a horse along the trail.''
But then they took him to the jailhouse
Where they try to turn a man into a mouse.

All of Rubin's cards were marked in advance
The trial was a pig circus, he never had a chance
The judge made Rubin's witnesses drunkards from the slums
To the white folks who watched he was a revolutionary bum
And to the black folks he was just a crazy nigger
No one doubted that he pulled the trigger
An' though they could not produce the gun
The D.A. said he was the one who did the deed
An' the all white jury agreed.

Rubin Carter was falsely tried
The crime was murder one, guess who testified
Bello an' Bradley an' they both baldly lied
The newspapers they all went along for the ride
How can the life of such a man
Be in the palm of some fool's hand?
To see him obviously framed
Couldn't help but make me feel ashamed
To live in a land where justice is a game.

Now all the criminals in their coats an' their ties
Are free to drink martinis an' watch the sun rise
While Rubin sits like Buddha in a ten foot cell
An innocent man in a living hell.
That's the story of the hurricane
But it won't be over till they clear his name
An' give him back the time he's done
Put in a prison cell but one time 
He coulda been the champion of the world.  up
    

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Hurricane 2


28 July 1975
cd imgSONGS FOR PATTY VALENTINE (T-320)
cd imgODDS AND ENDS (Unsurpassed Maestro Vol. 1) (T-231)
cd imgTRANSMISSIONS

29 Oct 1975
cd imgTHE ROLLING THUNDER REVUE: THE LIVE 1975 RECORDINGS

19 Nov 1975
cd imgTHE ROLLING THUNDER REVUE: THE LIVE 1975 RECORDINGS #2
cd imgTHE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 5 LIVE 1975 THE ROLLING THUNDER REVUE

  Desire session 2, Columbia Studio E, NYC - 28.jul.1975, "infamous version"  

  Rolling Thunder Revue rehearsals, S.I.R. rehearsals, New York - 21.oct.1975  

Pistol shots ring out in the barroom night
Enter Patty Valentine from the floor above
She sees the bartender in a pool of blood
Cries out, ''They killed my love''
Here comes the story of the hurricane
The man the authorities came to blame
For something that he never done
Put in a prison cell but one time
He coulda been the champion of the world.

Three bodies lyin' there does Patty see
An' another man Arthur Dexter Bradley
''I didn't do it'', he says an' he [throws up /raises] his hands
''I was only robbin' the bodies, i hope you understand''
''I saw them leavin''', an' he says an' he stops
''One of us had better call up the cops''
An' so Patty calls the cops
And they arrive on the scene with their red lights 
Flashin' in the hot New Jersey night.

Meanwhile far away in another part of town
Rubin Carter an' a couple of friends are drivin' around
Number one contender for the middleweight crown
Had no idea what [kinda shit was going/was coming] down
When a cop pulled 'em over to the side of the road
Just like the time before and the time before that
In Paterson [i guess] that's just the way things go
If you're black you might as well not show up on the street
'Less you wanna draw the heat.

Arthur Dexter Bradley laid his rap on the cops
''I just came in the place so i could see what i could steal''
''I saw two men runnin' out they looked like middleweights
They jumped into a white car with out-of-state plates''
An' miss Patty Valentine just nodded her head
Cop said, ''Wait a minute boys, this one's not dead''
So they took him to the infirmary
And though this man can hardly see
They told him that he could identify the guilty men.

Four in the mornin' and they haul Rubin in
[Take/Took] him to the hospital and they [bring/brought] him upstairs
The wounded man looks up through his one dyin' eye
He says, ''Why d'you bring him in here for? He ain't the guy!''
Here is the story of the hurricane
The man the authorities came to blame
For something that he never done
Put in a prison cell but one time
He coulda been the champion of the world.

Four months later the ghettoes are in flame 
Rubin's in South America fightin' for his name
While Arthur Dexter Bradley's still in the robbery game
And the cops are puttin' the screws t' him lookin' for someone to blame
''Remember that murder that you saw in a bar
Remember you said you saw the getaway car
You think you'd like to play ball with the law
Think it mighta been that fighter that you saw runnin' that night?
Don't forget that you are white.''

[Arthur Dexter Bradley/He] said, ''I'm really not sure''
[Cop/They] said, ''A poor boy like you, can use a break
We got you for the motel job you did with your friend Bello
Now if you don't wanna have to go back to jail, be a nice fellow
You'll be doin' society a favor
That sonofabitch is brave an' gettin' braver
We want to put his ass in stir
We want to pin this triple murder on him
He ain't no Gentleman Jim.''

Rubin could take a man out with just one punch
But he never did like to talk about it all that much
''It's my work'', he'd say, ''an' i do it for pay
An' when it's over i'd just as soon go on my way
Up to some paradise
Where the trout streams flow and the air is nice
An' ride a horse along the trail.''
But then they took him to the jailhouse
Where they try to turn a man into a mouse.

All of Rubin's cards were marked in advance
The trial was a pig circus, he never had a chance
The judge made Rubin's witnesses drunkards from the slums
To the white folks who watched he was a revolutionary bum
And to the black folks he was just a crazy nigger
No one doubted that he pulled the trigger
And though they could not produce the gun
The D.A. said he was the one who did the deed
And the all white jury agreed.

Rubin Carter was falsely tried
The crime was murder one, guess who testified
Arthur Dexley Bradley an' he baldly lied
And the newspapers they all went on for the ride
How can the life of such a man
Be in the palm of some fool's hands?
To see him obviously framed
Couldn't help but make me feel ashamed
To live in a land where justice is a game.

Now all the criminals in their coats and ties
Are free to drink martinis an' watch the sun rise
While Rubin sits like Buddha in a ten foot cell
An innocent man in a living hell.
That's the story of the hurricane
But it won't be over till they clear his name
An' give him back the time he's done
Put in a prison cell but one time 
He coulda been the champion of the world.  up
    

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Hurricane 3


31 Oct 1975
cd imgPLYMOUTH ROCK (T-525)

11 Nov 1975
cd imgTELL IT LIKE IT IS (T-245)

20 Nov 1975
cd imgTHE ROLLING THUNDER REVUE: THE LIVE 1975 RECORDINGS #3

21 Nov 1975
cd imgTHE ROLLING THUNDER REVUE: THE LIVE 1975 RECORDINGS #4

21 Nov 1975
cd imgTHE ROLLING THUNDER REVUE: THE LIVE 1975 RECORDINGS #5

1 Dec 1975
cd imgGET READY! TONIGHT BOB'S STAYING HERE WITH YOU (T-129)

4 Dec 1975
cd imgTHE ROLLING THUNDER REVUE: THE LIVE 1975 RECORDINGS #6

8 Dec 1975
cd imgNIGHT OF THE HURRICANE 1 (T-813)
cd imgTHE HURRICANE CARTER BENEFIT (vinyl bootleg)

25 Jan 1976
cd imgNIGHT OF THE HURRICANE 2 (T-814)

  Live, Rolling Thunder Revue, War Memorial Auditorium, Plymouth MA - 31.oct.1975  
  Live, Rolling Thunder Revue, Palace Theater, Waterbury CT - 11.nov.1975  
  Live, Rolling Thunder Revue, Memorial Auditorium, Worcester MA - 19.nov.1975, 2019 Scorsese film version  
  Live, Rolling Thunder Revue, Harvard Square Theater, Cambridge MA - 20.nov.1975  
  Live, Rolling Thunder Revue, Boston Music Hall, Boston MA - 21.nov.1975 afternoon  
  Live, Rolling Thunder Revue, Boston Music Hall, Boston MA - 21.nov.1975 evening  
  Live, Rolling Thunder Revue, Toronto ON - 1.dec.1975  
  Live, Rolling Thunder Revue, Forum de Montréal, Montréal QU - 4.dec.1975  
  Live, Madison Square Garden, NYC ''Night of the Hurricane'' - 8.dec.1975  
  Live, Astrodome, Houston TX ''Night of the Hurricane 2'' - 25.jan.1976  

Pistol shots ring out on the barroom night
Enter Patty Valentine from the outer hall
She sees the bartender in a pool of blood
Cries out, ''My god they killed 'em all''
Here comes the story of the hurricane
The man the authorities came to blame
For something that he never done
Put in a prison cell but one time
He coulda been the champion of the world. 

Three bodies lyin' there does Patty see
An' another man named Bello movin' [around] mysteriously
''I didn't do it'', he says an' he throws up his hands
''I was only robbin' the register, [i hope] you understand''
''I saw them leavin''', he says an' he stops
''One of us had better call up the cops''
An' so Patty calls the cops
And they arrive on the scene with their red lights 
Flashin' in the hot New Jersey night.

Meanwhile far away in another part of town
Rubin Carter an' a couple of friends are drivin' around
Number one contender for the middleweight crown
Had no idea what kinda shit was about to go down
When a cop pulled 'em over to the side of the road
Just like the time before and the time before that
In Paterson that's the way things go
If you're black you might as well not show up on the street
'Less you wanna draw the heat.

Alfred Bello [had a partner an'] had a rap on the cops
He an' Arthur Dexter Bradley were [in here] prowlin' around
He said, ''I saw two men runnin' out they looked like middleweights
They jumped into a white car with out-of-state plates''
An' miss Patty Valentine just nodded her head
Cop said, ''Wait a minute boys, this one's not dead''
So they took him to the infirmary
And though this man can hardly see
They told him he could identify the guilty men.

Four in the mornin' and they hauled Rubin in
Took him to the hospital and they brought him upstairs
The wounded man looks up through his one dyin' eye
Says, ''Why d'you bring him in here for? He ain't the guy!''
Here is the story of the hurricane
The man the authorities came to blame
For something that he never done
Put in a prison cell but one time
He coulda been the champion of the world.

Four months later the ghettoes are in flame 
Rubin's in South America fightin' for his name
Arthur Dexter Bradley's still in the robbery game
And the cops are puttin' the screws t' him lookin' for [somebody/someone] to blame
''Remember that murder that happened in a bar
Remember you said you saw the getaway car
You think you'd like to play ball with the law
Think it mighta been that fighter that you saw runnin' that night?
Don't forget [that you are/now you're] white.''

Arthur Dexter Bradley said, ''I'm really not sure''
The cops said, ''A poor boy like you can use a break
We got you for the motel job an' we're talkin' to [your friend] Bello
If you don't wanna have to go back to jail, be a nice fellow
You'll be doin' society a favor
That sonofabitch is brave an' gettin' braver
We want to put his ass in stir
We want to pin this triple murder on him
He ain't no Gentleman Jim.''

Rubin could take a man out with just one punch
But he never did like to talk about it all that much
''It's my work'', he'd say, ''i do it for [the] pay
An' when it's over i'd just as soon on my way
Up to some paradise
Where the trout streams flow and the air is nice
An' ride a horse along the trail.''
But then they took him to the jailhouse
Where they try to turn a man into a mouse.

All of Rubin's cards were marked in advance
The trial was a pig circus, he never had a chance
The judge made Rubin's witnesses drunkards from the slums
To the white folks who watched he was a revolutionary bum
And to the black folks he was just a crazy nigger
No one doubted that he pulled the trigger
And though they could not produce the gun
The D.A. said he was the one who did the deed
And the all white jury agreed.

Rubin Carter was falsely tried
The crime was murder one, guess who testified
[Bello an' Bradley / Arthur Dexter Bradley an' Bello] and they both [boldly] lied
The newspapers they all went on for the ride
How can the life of such a man
Be in the palm of some fool's hand?
To see him obviously framed
Couldn't help but make me feel ashamed
To live in a land where justice is a game.

Now all the criminals in their coats and their ties
Are free to drink martinis an' watch the sun rise
While Rubin sits like Buddha in a ten foot cell
An innocent man in a living hell.
That's the story of the hurricane
But it won't be over till they clear his name
An' give him back the time he's done
Put in a prison cell but one time 
He coulda been the champion of the world.  up
    

 Recording dates & record list

28 July 1975 2 SONGS FOR PATTY VALENTINE (b)
ODDS AND ENDS (Unsurpassed Maestro Vol. 1) (b)
TRANSMISSIONS
10 Sep 1975 SONGS FOR PATTY VALENTINE (b) #2
10 Sep 1975 BLOOD TAKES (vb)
24 Oct 1975 1 DESIRE
GREATEST HITS Vol. 3
THE BEST OF BOB DYLAN Vol. 2
THE ESSENTIAL BOB DYLAN
DYLAN 2007
KNOCKIN' ON HEAVEN'S DOOR MTV UNPLUGGED (single)
THINGS HAVE CHANGED (single)
29 Oct 1975 2 THE ROLLING THUNDER REVUE: THE LIVE 1975 RECORDINGS
31 Oct 1975 3 PLYMOUTH ROCK (b)
11 Nov 1975 3 TELL IT LIKE IT IS (b)
19 Nov 1975 2 THE ROLLING THUNDER REVUE: THE LIVE 1975 RECORDINGS #2
THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 5 LIVE 1975 THE ROLLING THUNDER REVUE
20 Nov 1975 3 THE ROLLING THUNDER REVUE: THE LIVE 1975 RECORDINGS #3
21 Nov 1975 3 THE ROLLING THUNDER REVUE: THE LIVE 1975 RECORDINGS #4
THE ROLLING THUNDER REVUE: THE LIVE 1975 RECORDINGS #5
1 Dec 1975 3 GET READY! TONIGHT BOB'S STAYING HERE WITH YOU (b)
4 Dec 1975 3 THE ROLLING THUNDER REVUE: THE LIVE 1975 RECORDINGS #6
8 Dec 1975 3 NIGHT OF THE HURRICANE 1 (b)
THE HURRICANE CARTER BENEFIT (vb)
25 Jan 1976 3 NIGHT OF THE HURRICANE 2 (b)