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Political World 1

Bob Dylan © 1989 Special Rider Music

(Official lyrics @ www.bobdylan.com)


8 Mar 1989
cd imgOH MERCY
cd imgPOLITICAL WORLD (CD single)

  Oh Mercy session 3, The Studio, New Orleans LA - 8.mar.1989, album version  

We live in a political world
Where love don't have any place
We're livin' in times where men commit crimes
An' crime don't have a face.

We live in a political world
Icicles hangin' down
Weddin' bells ring and angels sing
An' clouds cover up the ground.

We live in a political world
Wisdom is thrown into jail
It rots in a cell, misguarded as hell
Leaving no one to pick up the trail.

We live in a political world
Where mercy walks the plank
Life is in mirrors, death disappears
Up the steps into the nearest bank.

We live in a political world
Courage is a thing of the past
Houses are haunted, children aren't wanted
Your next day could be your last.

We live in a political world
The one we can see and feel
But there's no one to check, it's all a stacked deck
We all know for sure that it's real.

We live in a political world
The cities are a lonesome fear
Little by little, you turn in the middle
You're never sure why you're here.

We live in a political world
Under the microscope
You could travel anywhere and hang yourself there
You've always got more than enough rope.

We live in a political world
Turnin' an' a-thrashin' about
As soon as you're awake you're trained to take
What looks like the easy way out.

We live in a political world
Where peace is not welcome at all
It's turned away from the door to wander some more
Or put up against the wall.

We live in a political world
Everything's hers and his
Climb into the flame an' shout God's name
But you're not even sure what it is.  up
    

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Political World 2


8 Mar 1989
cd imgTHE DEEDS OF MERCY (T-317)
cd imgOH MERCY OUTTAKES (T-337)
cd imgTHE BOOTLEG SERIES Volume 4 (vinyl bootleg)

  Oh Mercy session 3, The Studio, New Orleans LA - 8.mar.1989, alternate take  

We live in a political world,
Love don't have any place.
We're living in times where men commit crimes,
And crime don't have a face.

We live in a political world,
Icicles hanging down,
Wedding bells ring and angels sing,
And clouds cover up the ground.

We live in a political world,
Wisdom is thrown into jail,
It rots in a cell, is misguarded as hell,
Leaving no one to pick up a trail.

We live in a political world
Truth is the outlaw of life
It's hunted and slain and there's no one to blame
Or put under a doctor's knife.

We live in a political world
Where the word is a broken down lie
The peddling of dreams, nothin's what it seems
Nothing more than hello and goodbye.

We live in a political world
Where mercy walks the plank,
Life is in mirrors, death disappears
Up the steps into the nearest bank.

We live in a political world
Concience don't have a clue
You climb into bed, talk outta your head
But you're not even sure that it's you.

We live in a political world
Courage is a thing of the past
Houses are haunted, children are unwanted
The next day could be your last.

We live in a political world
The one we can see and can feel
But there's no one to check, it's all a stacked deck
We all know for sure that it's real.

We live in a political world,
In the cities of a lonesome fear
Little by little you turn in the middle
But you're never sure why you're here.

We live in a political world
Under the microscope
You can travel anywhere and hang yourself there
You always got more than enough rope.

We live in a political world
That's what it's all about
As soon as you're awake, you're trained to take
What looks like the easy way out.

We live in a political world
Everything's a little bit strange
Prayers are prayed and orders are obeyed
And everything is subject to change.

We live in a political world
Senseless men set the pace
You can force yourself in with a smile and a grin
But you're better to stay out of the race.

We live in a political world
World of wine, women, and song
You could make it through without the first two
Boy, without the third you wouldn't last long.  up
    

 Recording dates & record list

8 Mar 1989 1 OH MERCY
POLITICAL WORLD (single)
8 Mar 1989 2 THE DEEDS OF MERCY (b)
OH MERCY OUTTAKES (b)
THE BOOTLEG SERIES Volume 4 (vb)
12 Jan 1990 TOAD'S PLACE VOL. 1 (b)
12 Jan 1990 TOAD'S PLACE VOL. 1 (b) #2
TOAD'S PLACE VOL. 2 (b)