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Jokerman 1

Bob Dylan © 1983 Special Rider Music

(Official lyrics @ www.bobdylan.com)


13 Apr 1983
INFIDELS
GREATEST HITS Vol. 3
THE BEST OF BOB DYLAN
THE ESSENTIAL BOB DYLAN
DYLAN 2007

  Infidels session 3, Power Station NYC - 13.apr.1983, album version, mixed May-July 1983  

Standin' on the waters castin' your bread
While the eyes of the idol with the iron head are glowin'
Distant ships sailin' into the mist
You were born with a snake in both of your fists while the hurricane was blowin'
Freedom's just around the corner for you
But with truth so far off what good will it do?

Jokerman dance to the nightingale tune
Bird fly high by the light of the moon
Oh, oh, oh Jokerman.

So swiftly the sun sets in the sky 
You rise up and say goodbye to no one
Fools rush in where angels fear to tread
Both of their futures so full of dread, you don't show one
Sheddin' off one more layer of skin
Keepin' one step ahead of the persecutor within.

Jokerman dance to the nightingale tune
Bird fly high by the light of the moon
Oh, oh, oh Jokerman.

You're a man of the mountains, you can walk on the clouds
Manipulator of crowds you're a dream twister
You're goin' to Sodom and Gomorrah, but what do you care?
Ain't nobody there would want to marry your sister
A friend to the martyr, a friend to the woman of shame
You look into then fiery furnace, see the rich man without any name.

Jokerman dance to the nightingale tune
Bird fly high by the light of the moon
Oh, oh, oh Jokerman.

Well the book of Leviticus and Deutoronomy
The law of the jungle and the sea are your only teachers
In the smoke of the twilight on a milk white steed
Michelangelo indeed could've carved out your features
Restin' in the fileds far from the turbulent space
Half asleep neath the stars with a small dog lickin' your face.

Jokerman dance to the nightingale tune
Bird fly high by the light of the moon
Oh, oh, oh Jokerman.

Well the rifleman stalkin' the sick and the lame
Preacherman seeks the same, who'll get there first is uncertain
Nightsticks and water cannons, teargas, padlocks
Molotov cocktails and rocks behind every curtain
False hearted judges dyin' in the webs that they spin
Only a matter of time till night comes steppin' in.

Jokerman dance to the nightingale tune
Bird fly high by the light of the moon
Oh, oh, oh Jokerman.

It's a shadowy world, skies are slippery grey
A woman just gave birth to a prince today and dressed him in scarlet
He'll put the priest in his pocket, put the blade to the heat
Take the motherless children off the street and place them at the feet of a harlot
Oh Jokerman you know what he wants
Oh Jokerman you don't show any response.

Jokerman dance to the nightingale tune
Bird fly high by the light of the moon
Oh, oh, oh Jokerman.   
    

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Jokerman 2


13 Apr 1983
SPRINGTIME IN NEW YORK: THE BOOTLEG SERIES VOL. 16 / 1980-1985
ROUGH CUTS (T-346)
DOWN IN THE FLOOD (T-146)

Infidels session 3, Power Station NYC - 13.apr.1983, alt mix (or take)  

Standin' on the water castin' your bread
While the eyes of the idol with the iron head are glowin'
Distant ships sailin' into the mist
You were born with a snake in both of your fists while a hurricane was blowin'
Freedom just around the corner for you
But with truth so far off what good will it do?

Jokerman dance to the nightingale tune
Bird fly high by the light of the moon
Oh, oh, oh Jokerman.

So swiftly the sun sets in the sky
You rise up and say goodbye to no one
No store bought shirt for you on your back
One of the women must sit in the shack and sew one
Sheddin' off one more layer of skin
Keepin' one step ahead of the persecutor within.

Jokerman dance to the nightingale tune
Bird fly high by the light of the moon
Oh, oh, oh Jokerman.

You're a man of the mountains, you can walk on the clouds
Manipulator of crowds you're a dream twister
You're goin' to Sodom and Gomorrah but what do you care?
Ain't nobody there would want to marry your sister
Scratchin' the world with the fine-toothed comb
You're a king among nations, you're a stranger at home.

Jokerman dance to the nightingale tune
Bird fly high by the light of the moon
Oh, oh, oh Jokerman.

Now the book of Leviticus and Deutoronomy
The law of the jungle and the sea are your only teachers
No crystal ball do you need on your shelf
Michelangelo himself could've carved out your features
So drunk standin' in the middle of the street
Directin' traffic with a small dog at your feet.

Jokerman dance to the nightingale tune
Bird fly high by the light of the moon
Oh, oh, oh Jokerman.

Well the preacherman talkin' 'bout the deaf and the dumb
And the world to come that's already been predetermined
Nightsticks and water cannons, teargas, padlocks
Molotov cocktails and rocks can't drown out his sermon
You let the wicked walk right into a trap
You're givin' away all the good things that fall in your lap.

Jokerman dance to the nightingale tune
Bird fly high by the light of the moon
Oh, oh, oh Jokerman.

It's a shadowy world, skies are slippery grey
A woman just gave birth to a prince today and she's dressed in scarlet.
He'll turn priests into pimps and make old men bark
Take a woman who could've been Joan of Arc and turn her into a harlot.
Oh, Jokerman you know what he wants
Oh, Jokerman you don't show any response.

Jokerman dance to the nightingale tune
Bird fly high by the light of the moon
Oh, oh, oh Jokerman.   
    

Recording dates & record list

13 Apr 1983 1INFIDELS
GREATEST HITS Vol. 3
THE BEST OF BOB DYLAN
THE ESSENTIAL BOB DYLAN
DYLAN 2007
13 Apr 1983 2SPRINGTIME IN NEW YORK: THE BOOTLEG SERIES VOL. 16 / 1980-1985
ROUGH CUTS (b, T346)
DOWN IN THE FLOOD (b, T-146)
22 Mar 1984IF MY THOUGHT DREAMS COULD BE SEEN (b)
HARD TO FIND Vol. 3 (Even Harder To Find) (b)
TRANSMISSIONS
23/25 May 1984DIRTY LIES (b)
28 May 1984THE JOKERMAN PLAYS IN THE ARENA (vb)
16 Feb 1994THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY (b)
20 Feb 1994TRIPLE NIGHT (b)
18 Apr 1994THE REAL VOICE OF AMERICA (b)