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The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll

Bob Dylan

(Official lyrics @ www.bobdylan.com)


23 Oct 1963
cd imgTHE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN'
cd imgBIOGRAPH

  The Times They Are A-Changin' session 4 - 23.oct.1963, album version  

William Zanzinger killed poor Hattie Carroll
With a cane that he twirled 'round his diamond ring finger
At a Baltimore hotel society gatherin'
An' the cops were called in an' his weapon took from him
As they rode him in custody down to the station
An' booked William Zanzinger for first degree murder.
But you who philosophize disgrace
An' criticize all fears
Take the rag away from your face
Now ain't the time for your tears.

William Zanzinger who at twenty four years
Owns a tobacco farm of six hundred acres
With rich wealthy parents who provide an' protect him
An' high office relations in the politics of Maryland
Reacted to his deed with a shrug of his shoulders
An' swear words an' sneerin', an' his tongue it was snarlin'
In a matter of minutes on bail was out walkin'.
But you who philosophize disgrace
An' criticize all fears
Take the rag away from your face
Now ain't the time for your tears.

Hattie Carroll was a maid in the kitchen
She was fifty-one years old an' gave birth to ten children
Who carried the dishes an' took out the garbage
An' never sat once at the head of the table
An' didn't even talk to the people at the table
Who just cleaned up all the food from the table
An' emptied the ashtrays on a whole other level
Got killed by a blow, lay slain by a cane
That sailed through the air an' came down through the room
Doomed an' determined to destroy all the gentle
An' she never done nothin' to William Zanzinger.
But you who philosophize disgrace
An' criticize all fears
Take the rag away from your face
Now ain't the time for your tears.

In the courtroom of honor the judge pounded his gavel
To show that all's equal an' that the courts are on the level
An' that the strings in the books ain't pulled an' persuaded
An' that even the nobles get properly handled
Once that the cops have chased after an' caught 'em
An' that the ladder of law has no top an' no bottom
Stared at the person who killed for no reason
Who just happened to be feelin' that way without warnin'
An' he spoke thru his cloak, most deep an' distinguished
An' handed out strongly for penalty an' repentance
William Zanzinger with a six month sentence.
But you who philosophize disgrace
An' criticize all fears
Bury the rag deep in your face
For now's the time for your tears.  up
    

 Recording dates & record list

23 Oct 1963 1 THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN'
BIOGRAPH
26 Oct 1963 LIVE 1962-1966 Rare Performances From The Copyright Collections
UNRAVELLED TALES: CARNEGIE HALL 26TH OCTOBER 1963 (b)
1 Feb 1964 50TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION 1964
ECHO'S ALBUM (b)
1 Feb 1964 PARANOID BLUES (b)
1 Feb 1964 ONE PUSH OF THE BUTTON: TV SHOWS (PART 1) (b)
25 Feb 1964 50TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION 1964 #2
LIFE AND LIFE ONLY RADIO & TV 1961-1965
25 Feb 1964 I WAS SO MUCH YOUNGER THEN Vol. 4 (Columbia Discovered) (b)
25 Feb 1964 ONE PUSH OF THE BUTTON: TV SHOWS (PART 1) (b) #2
17 May 1964 50TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION 1964 #3
10 Oct 1964 50TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION 1964 #4
31 Oct 1964 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 6 LIVE 1964 CONCERT AT PHILHARMONIC HALL
31 Oct 1964 ALL HALLOW'S EVE & MORE (b)
LIVE IN NEWPORT 1965 (b)
7 May 1965 NOW AIN'T THE TIME FOR YOUR TEARS (vb)
1 June 1965 ONE PUSH OF THE BUTTON: TV SHOWS (PART 1) (b) #3
1 June 1965 GWW BBC BROADCAST (vb)
6 Jan 1974 YOU DON'T KNOW ME (b)
19 Nov 1975 THE ROLLING THUNDER REVUE: THE LIVE 1975 RECORDINGS
20 Nov 1975 THE ROLLING THUNDER REVUE: THE LIVE 1975 RECORDINGS #2
21 Nov 1975 THE ROLLING THUNDER REVUE: THE LIVE 1975 RECORDINGS #3
THE ROLLING THUNDER REVUE: THE LIVE 1975 RECORDINGS #4
THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 5 LIVE 1975 THE ROLLING THUNDER REVUE
21 Nov 1975 GET READY! TONIGHT BOB'S STAYING HERE WITH YOU (b)
4 Dec 1975 THE ROLLING THUNDER REVUE: THE LIVE 1975 RECORDINGS #5
8 Dec 1975 NIGHT OF THE HURRICANE 1 (b)
8 Dec 1975 THE HURRICANE CARTER BENEFIT (vb)
28 May 1984 THE JOKERMAN PLAYS IN THE ARENA (vb)
8 Oct 1987 FLASHING FOR THE REFUGEES (b)
19 Oct 1988 STUCK INSIDE OF NEW YORK (b)
29 June 1991 THE NEVER ENDING TOUR (b)
MIDFYN (b)
15 Feb 1994 TRIPLE NIGHT (b)
31 Mar 1995 BOB'S FULL HOUSE BRIXTON III (b)
17 Jan 1998 VOICES IN THE GARDEN (b)
11 Nov 2000 PATHWAY TO THE STARS (b)