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Lily, Rosemary And The Jack Of Hearts 1

Bob Dylan

(Official lyrics @ www.bobdylan.com)


30 Dec 1974
cd imgBLOOD ON THE TRACKS
cd imgTHE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 14 MORE BLOOD MORE TRACKS (DeLuxe Edition) #3

  Blood On The Tracks session 6, Sound 80 Studio, Minneapolis - 30.dec.1974, album version  

The festival was over an' the boys were all plannin' for a fall
The cabaret was quiet except for the drillin' in the wall
The curfew had been lifted an' the gamblin' wheel shut down
Anyone with any sense had already left town
He was standin' in the doorway lookin' like the jack of hearts

He moved across the mirrorred room, "Set it up for everyone", he said
Then everyone commenced to do what they were doin' before he turned their heads
Then he walked up to a stranger an' he asked him with a grin
"Could you tell me, friend, what time the show begins"
Then he moved into the corner, face down like the jack of hearts

Backstage the girls were playin' five cards stud by the stairs
Lily had two queens, she was hopin' for a third to match her pair
Outside the streets were fillin' up, the window was open wide
A gentle breeze was blowin', you could feel it from inside
Lily called another bet an' drew up the jack of hearts

Big Jim was no one's fool, he owned the town's only diamond mine
He made this usual entrance lookin' so dandy an' so fine
With his bodyguards an' silver cane an' every hair in place
He took whatever he wanted to an' he laid it all to waste
But his bodyguards an' silver cane were no match for the jack of hearts

Rosemary combed her hair an' took a carriage into town
She slipped in thru the side door, lookin' like a queen without a crown
She fluttered her false eyelashes an' whispered in his ear
"Sorry darlin' that i'm late", but he didn't seem to hear
He was starin' into space over at the jack of hearts

"I know i've seen that face somewhere", Big Jim was thinkin' to himself
"Maybe down in Mexico or a picture upon somebody's shelf"
But then the crowd began to stamp their feet an' the house lights did dim
An' in the darkness of the room there was only Jim an' him
Starin' at the butterfly who just drew the jack of hearts

Lily was a princess she was fair-skinned an' precious as a child
She did whatever she had to do, she had that certain flash everytime she'd smiled
She had come away from a broken home, had lots of strange affairs
With man in every walk of life which took her everywhere
But she'd never met anyone quite like the jack of hearts

The hangin' judge came in unnoticed an' was bein' wined an' dined
The drillin' in the wall kept up but no one seeemed to pay it any mind
It was known all around that Lily had Jim's ring
An' nothin' would ever come between Lily an' the king
No, nothin' ever would except maybe the jack of hearts

Rosemary started drinkin' hard an' seein' her reflection in the knife
She was tired of the attention, tired of playin' the role of Big Jim's wife
She had done a lot of bad things even once tried suicide
She was lookin' to do just one good deed before she died
She was gazin' to the future ridin' on the jack of hearts

Lily took her dress off, buried it away
"Has you luck run out", she laughed at him, "well, i guess you must have known it would someday,
Be careful not to touch the wall, there's a brand new coat of paint
I'm glad to see you're still alive, you're lookin' like a saint"
Down the hallway footsteps were comin' for the jack of hearts

The backstage manager was pacin' all around by his chair
"There's somethin' funny goin' on", he said, "i can just feel it in the air"
He went to get the hangin' judge but the hangin' judge was drunk
As the leadin' actor hurried by in the costume of a monk
There was no actor anywhere better than the jack of hearts

No one knew the circumstance but they say that it happened pretty quick
The door to the dressin' room burst open an' a cold revolver clicked
An' Big Jim was standin' there you couldn't say surprised
Rosemary right beside him steady in her eyes
She was with Big Jim but she was leanin' to the jack of hearts

Two doors down the boys finally made it thru the wall
An' cleaned out the bank safe, it's said that they got off with quite a haul
In the darkness by the river bed they waited on the ground
For one more member who had business back in town
For they couldn't go no further without the jack of hearts

The next day was hangin' day, the sky was overcast in black
Big Jim laid covered up killed by a penknife in the back
An' Rosemary on the gallows she didn't even blink
An' the hangin' judge was sober he hadn't had a drink
The only person on the scene missin' was the jack of hearts

The cabaret was empty now, a sign said "Closed for repair"
Lily had already taken all the dye out of her hair
She was thinkin' 'bout her father whom she very rarely saw
Thinkin' 'bout Rosemary an' thinkin' about the law
But most of all she was thinkin' 'bout the jack of hearts  up
    

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Lily, Rosemary And The Jack Of Hearts 2


16 Sep 1974
cd imgTHE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 14 MORE BLOOD MORE TRACKS (DeLuxe Edition) #2
cd imgGENUINE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 3 The Third One Now (T-636)
cd imgODDS AND ENDS (Unsurpassed Maestro Vol. 1) (T-231)
cd imgBLOOD ON THE TAPES (T-520)
cd imgMORE BLOOD ON THE TRACKS
cd imgBLOOD TAKES (vinyl bootleg)

  Blood On The Tracks session 1, A & R Studios, NYC - 16.sep.1974, take 2  

The festival was over, the boys were all plannin' for a fall
The cabaret was quiet except for the drillin' in the wall
The curfew had been lifted and the gamblin' wheel shut down
Anyone with any sense had already left town
He was standin' in the doorway lookin' like the jack of hearts.

He moved across the mirrorred room, "Set it up for everyone", he said
Then everyone commenced to do what they were doin' before he turned their heads
Then he walked up to a stranger an' he asked him with a grin
"Could you tell me, friend, what time the show begins"
Then he moved into the corner, face down like the jack of hearts.

Backstage the girls were playin' five cards stud by the stairs
Lily had two queens, she was hopin' for a third to match her pair
Outside the streets were fillin' up, the window was open wide
A gentle breeze was blowin', you could feel it from inside
Lily called another bet an' drew up the jack of hearts.

Big Jim was no one's fool, he owned the town's only diamond mine
He made this usual entrance lookin' so dandy an' so fine
With his bodyguards an' silver cane an' every hair in place
He took whatever he wanted to an' he laid it all to waste
But his bodyguards an' silver cane were no match for the jack of hearts.

Rosemary combed her hair and took a carriage into town
She slipped in thru the side door, lookin' like a queen without a crown
She fluttered her false eyelashes an' whispered in his ear
"Sorry darlin' that i'm late", but he didn't seem to hear
He was starin' into space over at the jack of hearts.

"I know i've seen that face somewhere", Big Jim was thinkin' to himself
"Maybe down in Mexico or a picture upon somebody's shelf"
But then the crowd began to stamp their feet an' the house lights did dim
An' in the darkness of the room there was only Jim an' him
Starin' at the butterfly who once held the jack of hearts.

Lily was a princess she was fair-skinned an' precious as a child
She did whatever she had to do, she had that certain kind of flash in her smile
She'd come away from a broken home, had lots of strange affairs
With men in every walk of life which took her everywhere
But she'd never met anyone quite like the jack of hearts.

Rosemary started drinkin' hard an' seein' her reflection in the knife
She was tired of the attention, tired of playin' the role of Big Jim's wife
She had done a lot of bad things even once tried suicide
She was lookin' to do just one good deed before she died
She was gazin' to the future ridin' on the jack of hearts.

The hangin' judge come in unnoticed an' was bein' wined an' dined
The drillin' in the wall kept up but no one seeemed to pay it any mind
It was known all around that Lily wore Big Jim's ring
An' nothin' would ever come between Lily an' the king
No, nothin' ever would except maybe the jack of hearts.

Lily washed her face, took her dress off an' buried it away
"Has you luck run out?", she laughed at him, "Well, i guess you must have known it would someday
Be careful not to touch the wall, there's a brand new coat of paint
I'm glad to see you're still alive, you're lookin' like a saint."
Down the hallway footsteps were comin' for the jack of hearts.

The backstage manager was pacin' around by his chair
"There's somethin' funny goin' on", he said, "i can just feel it in the air"
He went to get the hangin' judge but the hangin' judge was drunk
As the leadin' actor hurried by in the costume of a monk
There was no actor anywhere better than the jack of hearts.

Lily's arms were locked around the man that she dearly loved to touch
She forgot all about the man she couldn't stand who hounded her so much
"I've missed you so", she said to him an' he felt she was sincere
But just beyond the door he felt jealousy an' fear
It was just another night in the life of the jack of hearts.

No one knew the circumstance but they say that it happened pretty quick
The door to the dressin' room burst open an' a cold revolver clicked
An' Big Jim was standin' there you couldn't say surprised
Rosemary right beside him steady in her eyes
She was with Big Jim but she was leanin' to the jack of hearts.

Two doors down the boys finally made it thru the wall
An' cleaned out the bank safe, it's said that they got off with quite a haul
By the darkness by the river bed they waited on the ground
For one more member who had business back in town
For they couldn't go no further without the jack of hearts.

The next day was hangin' day, the sky was overcast in black
Big Jim lay covered up killed by a penknife in the back
An' Rosemary on the gallows she didn't even blink
An' the hangin' judge was sober he hadn't had a drink
The only person on the scene missin' was the jack of hearts.

The cabaret was empty now, a sign said "Closed for repair"
Lily had already taken all the dye out of her hair
She was thinkin' 'bout her father who she very rarely saw
Thinkin' 'bout Rosemary an' thinkin' about the law
But most of all she was thinkin' 'bout the jack of hearts.  up
    

 Recording dates & record list

16 Sep 1974 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 14 MORE BLOOD MORE TRACKS (DeLuxe Edition)
16 Sep 1974 2 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 14 MORE BLOOD MORE TRACKS (DeLuxe Edition) #2
GENUINE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 3 The Third One Now (b)
ODDS AND ENDS (Unsurpassed Maestro Vol. 1) (b)
BLOOD ON THE TAPES (b)
MORE BLOOD ON THE TRACKS (b)
BLOOD TAKES (vb)
30 Dec 1974 1 BLOOD ON THE TRACKS
THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 14 MORE BLOOD MORE TRACKS (DeLuxe Edition) #3