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Restless Farewell

Bob Dylan © 1964 M.Witmark & Sons

(Official lyrics @ www.bobdylan.com)


31 Oct 1963
cd imgTHE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN'

  The Times They Are a-Changin' session 6, Columbia Studio A, NYC - 31.oct.1963, take 9  

Oh all the money that in my whole life i did spend
Be it mine right or wrongfully
I let it slip gladly to my friends
To tie up the time more forcefully.
But the bottles are done
We've killed each one
An' the table's full an' overflowed
An' the corner sign
Says it's closin' time
So i'll bid farewell an' be down the road.

Oh every girl that ever i touched
I did not do it harmfully
An' every girl that ever i hurt
I did not do it knowingly.
But to remain as friends
You need the time
To make amends an' stay behind
An' since my feet are now fast
An' point away from the past
I'll bid farewell an' be down the line.

Oh every foe that ever i faced
The cause was there before we came
And every cause that ever i fought
I fought it full without regret or shame.
But the dark does die
As the curtain is drawn
An' somebody's eyes must meet the dawn.
An' if i see the day
I'd only have to stay
So i'll bid farewell in the night an' be gone.

Oh every thought that's strung a knot in my mind
I might go insane if it couldn't be sprung
But it's not to stand naked under unknowin' eyes
It's for myself an' my friends my stories are sung.
But the time ain't tall
Yet on time you depend
An' no word is possessed by no special friend
An' tho the line is cut
It ain't quite the end
I'll just bid farewell till we meet again.

Of a false clock tries to tick out my time
To disgrace, distract or bother me.
An' the dirt of gossip blows into my face
An' the dust of rumors covers me.
But if the arrow is straight
An' the point is slick
It can pierce thru dust no matter how thick.
So i'll make my stand
An' remain as i am
An' bid farewell an' not give a damn.  up
    

 Recording dates & record list

31 Oct 1963 1 THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN'
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)
17 May 1964 50TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION 1964 #2
19 Nov 1995 GENUINE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 3 The Third One Now (b)
21 May 1998 LES BONS MOMENTS (b)
HEADING FOR ANOTHER JOINT (b)