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Only A Pawn In Their Game

Bob Dylan

(Official lyrics @ www.bobdylan.com)


7 Aug 1963
cd imgTHE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN'

  The Times They Are a-Changin' session 2, Columbia Studio A, NYC - 7.aug.1963  

A bullet from the back of a bush took Medgar Evers' blood
A finger fired the trigger to his name
A handle hid out in the dark
A hand set the spark
Two eyes took the aim
Behind a man's brain
But he can't be blamed
He's only a pawn in their game.

A south politician preaches to the poor white man
"You got more than the black, don't complain
You're better than them, you been born with white skin'', they explain
An' the negro's name
Is used it is plain
For the politician'gain
As he rises to fame
An' the poor white remains
On the caboose of the train
But it ain't him to blame
He's only a pawn in their game.

The deputy sheriffs, the soldiers, the governors get paid
An' the marshals an' cops get the same
But the poor white man's used in the hands of them like a tool
He's taught in his school
From the start by the rule
That the laws are with him
To protect his white skin
To keep up his hate
So he never think straight
'Bout the shape that he's in
But it ain't him to blame
He's only a pawn in their game.

From the poverty shacks he looks from the cracks to the tracks
An' the hoof beats pound in his brain
An' he's taught how to walk in a pack
Shoot in the back
With his fist in a clinch
To hang an' to lynch
To hide 'neath the hood
To kill with no pain
Like a dog on a chain
He ain't got no name
But it ain't him to blame
He's only a pawn in their game.

Today Medgar Evers was buried from the bullet he caught
They're lowerin' down as a king
But when the shadowy sun
Sets on the one
That fired the gun
He'll see by his grave
On the stone that remains
Carved next to his name
His epitaph plain:
Only a pawn in their game.  up
    

 Recording dates & record list

30 July 1963 ONE PUSH OF THE BUTTON: TV SHOWS (PART 1) (b)
7 Aug 1963 1 THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN'
28 Aug 1963 BROADSIDE (b)
BROADSIDE (b) #2
26 Oct 1963 UNRAVELLED TALES: CARNEGIE HALL 26TH OCTOBER 1963 (b)
17 May 1964 50TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION 1964
10 Oct 1964 50TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION 1964 #2