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Sign On The Cross

Bob Dylan

(Official lyrics @ www.bobdylan.com)


May/Oct 1967
cd imgTHE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 11 THE BASEMENT TAPES COMPLETE
cd imgMIXIN' UP THE MEDICINE: THE SAFETY TAPE (T-1034)
cd imgA TREE WITH ROOTS (T-731)
cd imgTHE GENUINE BASEMENT TAPES Vol. 3 (T-222)

  The Basement Tapes - may/october 1967  

Now, i try, oh for so awfully long
An' i just try to be
An' now, oh it's a gold mine
But it's free.
Yes, but i know in my head
That we're all so misled
And it's that old sign on the cross
That worries me.

Now, when i was just a bawlin' lad
I saw what i wanted to be
An' it's all for the sake
Of that i should see.
But i was lost on the land
As i heard that front door slam
And that old sign on the cross
Worries me.

Well, it's that old sign on the cross
Well, it's that old key to the kingdom
Well, it's that old sign on the cross
Like used to be.

But, when i hold my head so high
As i see my old friends go by
An' it's still that sign on the cross
That worries me.

Well, it seems to be the sign on the cross.
Every day, every night
See the sign on the cross just layin' up on top of the hill.
Yes, we thought it might have disappeared long ago
But i'm here to tell you, friends that i'm afraid
It's lyin' there still.
Yes, just a little time is all you need, you might say
But i don't know 'bout that any more
Because the bird is here and you might want to enter it
But, of course, the door might be closed.
But i just would like to tell you one time
If i don't see you again, that the thing is
That the sign on the cross is the sign you might need the most.

Well the sign on the cross
Is just a sign [     ] too
Well, there is some on every prison
And there is some in the chancellery, too.
Oh, when your, when your days are numbered
And your nights are long
You might think you're weak
But i mean to say you're strong.
Yes you are, if that sign on the cross
If it begins to worry you.
Well, that's all right because sing a song
And all your troubles will pass right on through.  up
    

 Recording dates & record list

May/Oct 1967 1 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 11 THE BASEMENT TAPES COMPLETE
MIXIN' UP THE MEDICINE: THE SAFETY TAPE (b)
A TREE WITH ROOTS (b)
THE GENUINE BASEMENT TAPES Vol. 3 (b)