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Mama You Been On My Mind 1

Bob Dylan © 1964 Warner Bros. Music, renewed 1992 Special Rider Music

(Official lyrics @ www.bobdylan.com)


9 June 1964
cd imgTHE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 2
cd imgTHROUGH A BULLET OF LIGHT (WITMARK DEMOS) (T-378)
cd imgTWELVE CURSES (T-110)
cd imgGWW VD WALTZ (vinyl bootleg)
cd img24 (vinyl bootleg)

  Another Side session, Columbia Studio A - 9 June 1964  

Perhaps it's the color of the sun cut flat
An' coverin' the crossroads i'm standin' at
Or maybe it's the weather or somethin' like that
But mama, you been on my mind.

I don't mean trouble, please don't put me down nor get upset
I am not pleadin', or sayin' i can't forget you
I do not pace the floor bowed down an' bent, but yet
Mama, you been on my mind.

Even though my eyes are hazy an' my thoughts they might be narrow
Where you been don't bother me nor bring me down with sorrow
I don't even mind who you'll be wakin' with tomorrow
Mama, you just on my mind.

I am not askin' you to say words like yes or no
Please understand me, i have no place i'm callin' you to go
I'm just whisperin' to myself so i can pretend that i don't know
Mama, you are on my mind.

When you wake up in the mornin', baby look inside your mirror
You know i won't be next to you, you know i won't be near
I'd just be curious to know if you can see yourself as clear
As someone who has had you on his mind.  up
    

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Mama You Been On My Mind 2


late June 1964
cd imgTHE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 9 THE WITMARK DEMOS

  Witmark piano demo - late June 1964  

Perhaps it's the color of the sun cut flat
An' coverin' the crossroads that i'm at
Or maybe it's the weather or somethin' like that
But mama, you been on my mind.

I don't mean trouble, please don't put me down nor get upset
I am not pleadin', or sayin' i can't forget
I do not walk the floor bowed down an' bent, but yet
Mama, you been on my mind.

Even though my mind is hazy an' my thoughts they might be narrow
Where you been don't bother me nor bring me down with sorrow
It don't even matter where you're wakin' up tomorrow
But mama, you just on my mind.

I am not askin' you to say words like yes or no
Please understand me, i'm not askin' you to go
I'm just breathin' to myself pretendin' not that i don't know
Mama, you been on my mind.

When you wake up in the mornin', baby look inside your mirror
You know i won't be next to you, you know i won't be near
I'd just be curious to know if you could see yourself as clear
As someone who has had you on his mind.  up
    

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Mama You Been On My Mind 3


31 Oct 1964
cd imgTHE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 6 LIVE 1964 CONCERT AT PHILHARMONIC HALL
cd imgHARD TO FIND Vol. 3 (Even Harder To Find) (T-503)
cd imgALL HALLOW'S EVE & MORE (T-067)
cd imgLIVE IN NEWPORT 1965 (T-113)

  Live, Philharmonic Hall NYC - 31 Oct 1964 /with Joan Baez  

Perhaps it's the color of the sun cut flat
An' coverin' the crossroads i'm standin' at
Maybe it's the weather or somethin' like that
But mama, you been on my mind.

I don't mean trouble, please don't put me down nor get upset
I am not pleadin' or sayin' i can't forget you
I do not walk the floor bowed down an' bent, but yet
Mama, you just on my mind.

Even though my mind is hazy an' my thoughts they might be narrow
Where you been don't bother me nor bring me down with sorrow
It don't even matter where you're wakin' up tomorrow
Mama, you been on my mind.

[I don't mean trouble, please don't put me down, i-i-ah-ah]

I am not askin' you to say words like yes or no
Please understand me, i'm not callin' for you to go
I'm just breathin' to myself pretendin' not that i don't know
Mama, you been on my mind.

When you wake up in the mornin', baby look inside your mirror
You know i won't be next to you, you know i won't be near
I'd just be curious to know if you can see yourself as clear
As someone who has had you on his mind.  up
    

 Recording dates & record list

9 June 1964 1 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 2
THROUGH A BULLET OF LIGHT (WITMARK DEMOS) (b)
TWELVE CURSES (b)
GWW VD WALTZ (vb)
24 (vb)
late June 1964 2 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 9 THE WITMARK DEMOS
8 Aug 1964 50TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION 1964
31 Oct 1964 3 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 6 LIVE 1964 CONCERT AT PHILHARMONIC HALL
HARD TO FIND Vol. 3 (Even Harder To Find) (b)
ALL HALLOW'S EVE & MORE (b)
LIVE IN NEWPORT 1965 (b)
27 Nov 1964 50TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION 1964 #2
1 May 1970 POSSUM BELLY OVERALLS (b)
MEETS GEORGE HARRISON AND JOHNNY CASH (b)
ALMOST WENT TO SEE ELVIS (b)
6 Jan 1974 YOU DON'T KNOW ME (b)
19 Nov 1975 THE ROLLING THUNDER REVUE: THE LIVE 1975 RECORDING
20 Nov 1975 THE ROLLING THUNDER REVUE: THE LIVE 1975 RECORDING #2
21 Nov 1975 THE ROLLING THUNDER REVUE: THE LIVE 1975 RECORDING #3
THE ROLLING THUNDER REVUE: THE LIVE 1975 RECORDING #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 RECORDING #5
8 Dec 1975 NIGHT OF THE HURRICANE 1 (b)
THE HURRICANE CARTER BENEFIT (vb)
1 Nov 1992 DIGNITY (b)
2 Nov 1992 HIMSELF (b)
18 Apr 1994 THE REAL VOICE OF AMERICA (b)
3 July 1994 NAPOLEON IN RAGS (b)
21 Apr 1996 THE MAINE EVENT (b)
30 June 1998 NEVER ENDING TOUR IN FRANCE Vol. 1 - PARIS (b)
14 Nov 1999 HIGHLANDS OF WORCESTER (b)
28 Apr 2002 BRUSSELS 2002 (b)