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Scarlet Town

Bob Dylan © 2012

(Official lyrics @

Jan/Mar 2012

  Tempest sessions, Groove Masters studio, Santa Monica CA  - jan/mar 2012  

In Scarlet Town where i was born
There's ivy leaf and silver thorn
The streets have names that you can't pronounce
Gold is down to a quarter an ounce.

The music starts and the people sway
Everybody says, "Are you going my way?"
Uncle Tom still workin' for Uncle Bill
Scarlet Town is under the hill.

Scarlet Town in the month of may
Sweet William on his deathbed lay
Mistress Mary by the side of bed
Kissin' his face, heaping prayers on his head.

So brave, so true, so gentle is he
I'll weep for him as he'd weep for me
Little Boy Blue come blow your horn
In Scarlet Town where i was born.

Scarlet Town in the hot noon hours
There's palm leaf shadows and scattered flowers
Beggars crouchin' at the gate
Help comes but it comes too late.

By marble slabs and in fields of stone
You make your humble wishes known
I touched the garment but the hem was torn
In Scarlet Town where i was born.

In Scarlet Town the end is near
The seven wonders of the world are here
The evil and the good livin' side by side
All human forms seem glorified.

Put your heart on a platter and see who'll bite
See who'll hold you and kiss you good night
There's walnut groves and maple wood
In Scarlet Town cryin' won't do no good.

In Scarlet Town you fight your father's foes
Up on the hill a chilly wind blows
You fight 'em on high and you fight 'em down in
You fight 'em with whiskey, morphine and gin.

You got legs that can drive men mad
A lot of things we didn't do that i wish we had
In Scarlet Town the sky is clear
You wish to god that you stayed right here.

Set 'em up Joe, play "Walkin' the floor"
Play it for my flat chested junkie whore
I'm stayin' up late, and i'm makin' amends
While the smile of heaven descends.

If love is a sin, then beauty is a crime
All things are beautiful in their time
The black and the white, the yellow and the brown
It's all right there for you in Scarlet Town.  up

 Recording dates & record list

Jan/Mar 2012 1 TEMPEST