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New Danville Girl

Words by Bob Dylan, Sam Sheppard, music by Bob Dylan


11 Dec 1984
cd imgOUTSIDE THE EMPIRE (T-406)
cd imgCLEAN CUTS (HENRY PORTERS 115th DREAM) (T-210)
cd imgTEMPEST STORM (T-536)

  Empire Burlesque session, Cherokee Studio, Hollywood LA - 6,10 or 11.dec.1984  

I wish i could remember that movie just a little bit better
All i remember about it was that it starred Gregory Peck
He was shot down in the back by a hungry kid trying to make a name for himself
The townspeople wanted to crush that kid down and string him up by the neck.

Well the sheriff beat that boy to a bloody pulp
As the dying gunfighter lay in the sun and gasped for his last breath
"Turn him loose, let him go, let him say he outdrew me fair and square
I want him to feel what it's like to every moment face his death.''

Well i keep seeing this stuff and it just comes a-rolling in
And it blows right thru me like a ball and chain
You know i can't believe we've lived so long and are still so far apart
Your memory keeps callin' after me like a rollin' train.

I can still see the day that you came to me on the painted desert
In your busted-down Ford and your platform heels
I could never figure out why you choose that particular place to meet
Ah, but you were right it was perfect as i got in behind the wheel.

We drove that car all night until San Antone
And we slept near the Alamo, fell out under the stars
Way down in Mexico he went out to see a doctor and you never came back
I stayed there a while till the whole place it started feelin' like musk.

Well, i'm driving this car and the sun is comin' up over the rockies
Somethin' about it reminds me of you, like when she sings, "Baby, let the good times roll''
But i'm too over the edge to remember the things we used to talk about or do
And she's the one to remind me, she knows this car would go out of control.

Danville Girl with your Danville curl,
Teeth like pearls shinin' like the moon above
Danville Girl take me all around the world
Danville Girl you're my honey love.

Well we crossed the Panhandle and then we headed out towards Amarillo
Rushin' down where Henry Porter used to live, he owned the record line outside of town
We could see Ruby in the window, as we came rolling up in a trail of dust
She said "Henry's not here, he took off but you all can come in and stay awhile.''

Well she told us times were tough but we never knew how bad off she was
You know she would change the subject every time money came up
You know her eyes were filled with so much sadness, she was so disillusioned with everything
She said "Even the swap meets around here are getting pretty corrupt.''

"How far are you all going?'' Ruby asked us with a sigh.
"We're going all the way 'till the wheels fall off and burn
Till the sun peels the paint and the seat covers fade and the water moccasin dies''
Ruby just smiled and said "Ah, you know, some babies never learn.''

I keep trying to remember that movie though, and it does keep comin' back
But i can't remember what part i played or who i was supposed to be
All i can remember about it is it's starring Gregory Peck and he was in it
And everything he did in it reminded me of me. Yeah!

Danville Girl with your Danville curl
Teeth like pearls shinin' like the moon above
Danville Girl take me all around the world
Danville Girl you're my honey love.

Well, they were looking for somebody with a pompadour
I was crossing the street when they opened fire
I didn't know whether to duck or to run so i ran
Sounded to me like i was bein' chased by the midnight choir.

Well, you saw my picture in the Corpus Christi Tribune, underneath it said "A man with no alibi''
You went out on a limb to testify and you said i was with you, ah yes you did
And i watched you break down in front of the judge and cry
It was the best acting i ever saw you do.

I've always been the emotional person but this time it was asking too much
If there's an original thought out there, Oh, i could use it right now
Yeah, i feel pretty good, but you know i could feel a whole lot better, oh yes i could
If you were just here by my side to show me how.

Well i'm standing in line in the rain to see a movie starring Gregory Peck
Oh yes i am, but it's not the one that i had in mind
He's got a new one out now, you know it just don't look the same
But i'll see him anyway and i stand in line.

Danville Girl with your Danville curl
Teeth like pearls shinin' like the moon above
Danville Girl take me all around the world
Danville Girl you're my honey love.

You know, it's funny how people just want to believe what's convenient
Nothing happens on purpose, it's an accident if it happens at all
And everything that's happening to us seems like it's happening without our consent
But we're busy talking back and forth to our shadows on an old stone wall.

Oh, you got to talk to me now baby, tell me about the man that you used to love
And tell me about your dreams, just before the time you passed out, oh, yeah!
Tell me about the time that our engine broke down and it was the worst of times
Tell me about all the things that i couldn't do nothin' about.

There was a movie i seen one time, i think i sat through it twice
I don't remember who i was or what part i played
All I remember about it was it was starring Gregory Peck
But that was a long time ago, and it was made in the shade.

Danville girl with your Danville curl
Teeth like pearls shinin' like the moon above
Danville Girl take me all around the world
Danville Girl you're my honey love.  up
    

 Recording dates & record list

11 Dec 1984 1 OUTSIDE THE EMPIRE (b)
CLEAN CUTS (HENRY PORTERS 115th DREAM) (b)
TEMPEST STORM (b)