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Jokerman 1

Bob Dylan © 1983 Special Rider Music

(Official lyrics @ www.bobdylan.com)


14 Apr 1983
cd imgINFIDELS
cd imgGREATEST HITS Vol. 3
cd imgTHE BEST OF BOB DYLAN
cd imgTHE ESSENTIAL BOB DYLAN
cd imgDYLAN 2007

  Infidels session 4, Power Station NYC - 14.apr.1983, album version  

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 an' Gomorrah, but what do you care?
Ain't nobody there
Would want to marry your sister.
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 an' Deutoronomy
The law of the jungle an' the sea
Are your only teachers.
In the smoke of the twilight on a milk white steed
Michelangelo indeed
Could have 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's stalkin' the sick an' the lame
Preacherman seeks the same
Who'll get there first is uncertain.
Nightsticks an' water cannons, teargas, padlocks
Molotov cocktails an' 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
An' 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
An' 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.  up
    

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Jokerman 2


13 Apr 1983
cd imgROUGH CUTS (T-346)
cd imgDOWN IN THE FLOOD (T-146)

  Infidels session 3, Power Station NYC - 13.apr.1983  

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 an' 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 an' Deutoronomy
The law of the jungle an' 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's talkin' 'bout the deaf an' the dumb
An' the world to come
That's already been pre-determined.
Nightsticks an' water cannons, teargas, padlocks
Molotov cocktails an' 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
An' she's dressed in scarlet.
He'll put priests into pimps and make old men bark
Take a woman an' cut her into Joan of Arc
An' 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.  up
    

 Recording dates & record list

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