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Seven Curses 1

Bob Dylan © 1963, 1664 Warner Chapell Music, 1991 Special Rider Music

(Official lyrics @ www.bobdylan.com)


12 Apr 1963
cd imgLIVE 1962-1966 Rare Performances From The Copyright Collections

12 Apr 1963
cd imgSTOLEN MOMENTS: NEW YORK TOWN HALL 12TH APRIL 1963 (T-978)

May 1963
cd imgTHE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 9 THE WITMARK DEMOS
cd imgTHROUGH A BULLET OF LIGHT (WITMARK DEMOS) (T-378)

  Live, Town Hall, NYC - 12.apr.1963  
  Witmark Studio, NYC - may 1963  

Old Reilly stole a stallion
But they caught and they brought him back 
And they laid him down in the jail house ground
An iron chain around his neck.
 
Oh Reilly's daughter got a message
That her father was [goin'] to hang
She rode by night and came by mornin'
With gold and silver in her hand.
 
When the judge [he] saw Reilly's daughter
His old eyes deepened in his head
Sayin', ''Gold will never free your father
The price my dear, is you instead.''
 
''Oh, I'm as good as dead'' cried Reilly
''It's only you that he does crave
And my skin will surely crawl if he touches you at all
Get [back] on your horse and ride away.''
 
''Oh, father you will surely die
If I don't take a chance to try
And pay the price and not take your advice
For that reason I will have to stay.''
 
The gallows shadow shook the evenin'
In the night a hound dog bayed
In the night the grounds were groanin'
In the night the price was paid.
 
The next mornin' she had awoken
To [find/know] that the judge had never spoken
She saw the hangin' branch a-bendin'
She saw her father's body broken.
 
These be seven curses on a judge so cruel
That one doctor [cannot/will not] save him
That two healers [cannot/will not] heal him
And that three eyes [cannot /will not] not see him
That four ears [cannot/will not] hear him
That five walls [cannot/will not] hide him
That six diggers [cannot/will not] bury him
And that seven deaths shall never kill him.  up
    

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Seven Curses 2


6 Aug 1963
cd imgTHE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 2
cd imgTWELVE CURSES (T-110)
cd imgGWW VD WALTZ (vinyl bootleg)

  The Times They Are a-Changin' session 1, Columbia Studio A, NYC - 6.aug.1963  

Old Reilly stole a stallion
But they caught him and they brought him back 
And they laid him down in the jail house ground
With an iron chain around his neck.
 
When Reilly's daughter got a message
That her father was goin' to hang
She rode by night an' came by mornin'
With gold and silver in her hand.
 
When the judge saw Reilly's daughter
His old eyes deepened in his head
Sayin', "Gold will never free your father
The price my dear, is you instead."
 
"Oh, I'm as good as dead'' cried Reilly
"It's only you that he does crave
And my skin will surely crawl if he touches you at all
Get on your horse and ride away."
 
"Oh, father you will surely die
If I don't take a chance to try
And pay the price and not take your advice
For that reason I will have to stay."
 
The gallows shadow shook the evenin'
In the night a hound dog bayed
In the night the ground was groanin'
In the night the price was paid.
 
The next mornin' she had awoken
To find that the judge had never spoken
She saw the hangin' branch a-bendin'
She saw her father's body broken.
 
These be seven curses on a judge so cruel :
That one doctor cannot save him
That two healers cannot heal him
And that three eyes cannot see him
That four ears cannot hear him
That five walls cannot hide him
That six diggers cannot bury him
And that seven deaths shall never kill him.  up
    

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Seven Curses 3


26 Oct 1963
cd imgUNRAVELLED TALES: CARNEGIE HALL 26TH OCTOBER 1963 (T-992)

  Live, Carnegie Hall, NYC - 26.oct.1963  

Old Reilly stole a stallion
But they caught him and they brought him back 
And they laid him down in the jail house ground
With an iron chain around his neck.
 
Oh Reilly's daughter got a message
That her father was goin' to hang
She rode by night and came by mornin'
With gold and silver in her hand.
 
When the judge he saw Reilly's daughter
His old eyes deepened in his head
Sayin', "Gold will never free your father
The price my dear, is you instead."
 
"Oh, I'm as good as dead'' cried Reilly
"It's only you that he does crave
And my skin will surely crawl if he touches you at all
Get on your horse and ride away."
 
"Oh, father you will surely die
If I don't take the chance an' try
To pay the price and not take your advice
For that reason I will have to stay''.
 
The gallows shadow shook the evenin'
In the night a hound dog bayed
In the dark the grounds were groanin'
In the night the price was paid.
 
The next mornin' when she had awoken
She found that the judge had never spoken
She saw the hangin' branch a-bendin'
She saw her father's body broken.
 
These be seven curses on a judge so cruel
That one doctor cannot save him
That two eyes cannot see him
And that three healers cannot heal him
That four ears cannot hear him
That five walls cannot hide him
That six diggers cannot bury him
And that seven deaths shall never kill him.  up
    

 Recording dates & record list

12 Apr 1963 1 LIVE 1962-1966 Rare Performances From The Copyright Collections
STOLEN MOMENTS: NEW YORK TOWN HALL 12TH APRIL 1963 (b)
May 1963 1 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 9 THE WITMARK DEMOS
THROUGH A BULLET OF LIGHT (WITMARK DEMOS) (b)
6 Aug 1963 2 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 2
TWELVE CURSES (b)
GWW VD WALTZ (vb)
26 Oct 1963 3 UNRAVELLED TALES: CARNEGIE HALL 26TH OCTOBER 1963 (b)