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Something's Burning, Baby 1

Bob Dylan © 1985 Special Rider Music

(Official lyrics @ www.bobdylan.com)


14 Dec 1984
cd imgEMPIRE BURLESQUE

  Empire Burlesque session, Cherokee Studio, Hollywood LA - 14.dec.1984 
  overdubbed at The Power Station, NYC - 21.feb.1985  

Something is burning, baby, are you aware?
Something is the matter, baby, there's smoke in your hair
Are you still my friend, baby, show me a sign
Is the love in your heart for me turnin' blind?

You've been avoidin' the main streets for a long long while
The truth that i'm seekin' is in your missing file
What's your position, baby, what's goin' on?
Why is the light in your eyes nearly gone?

I know everything about this place, or so it seems
But am i no longer a part of your plans or your dreams?
Well, it is so obvious that something has changed
What's happenin' baby to make you act so strange?

Something is burning, baby, here's what I say
Even the bloodhounds of London couldn't find you today
I see the shadow of a man, baby, makin' you blue
Who is he, baby, and what's he to you?

We've reached the edge of the road, baby, where the pasture begins
Where charity is supposed to cover up a multitude of sins
But where do you live, baby, and where is the light?
Why are your eyes just starin' off in the night?

I can feel it in the night, in the night, in the night, when i think of you
I can feel it in the light, in the light, in the light, and it's got to be true
You can't live by bread alone, you won't be satisfied
You can't roll away the stone if your hands are tied.

Got to start someplace baby, can you explain?
Please don't fade away on me baby, like the midnight train
Answer me baby, a casual look will do
Just what in the world has come over you?

I can feel it in the wind, in the wind, in the wind, and it's upside down
I can feel it in the dust as i get of the bus on the outskirts of town
I've had the Mexico City blues since the last hairpin curve
I don't wanna see you bleed, i know what you need and it ain't what you deserve.

Something is burning, baby, something's in flames
There's a man going round callin' names
Ring down when you're ready, baby, i'm waitin' for you
I believe in the impossible, you know that I do.  up
    

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Something's Burning, Baby 2


14 Dec 1984
cd imgOUTSIDE THE EMPIRE (T-406)
cd imgCLEAN CUTS (HENRY PORTERS 115th DREAM) (T-210)
cd imgTEMPEST STORM (T-536)

  Empire Burlesque session, Cherokee Studio, Hollywood LA - 14.dec.1984  

Something is burning, baby, are you aware?
Something is the matter, baby, there's smoke in your hair
Are you still my friend, baby, show me a sign
Is the love in your heart for me turnin' blind?

You've been avoidin' the main streets for a long long while
The truth that i'm seekin' is in your missing file
What's your position, baby, what's goin' on?
Why is the light in your eyes nearly gone?

I know everything about this place, or so it seems
But am i no longer a part of your plans or your dreams?
Well, it is so obvious that something has changed
What's happenin' baby to make you act so strange?

Something is burning, baby, here's what I say
Even the bloodhounds of London couldn't find you today
I see the shadow of a man, baby, makin' you blue
Who is he, baby, and what's he to you?

We've reached the edge of the road, baby, where the pasture begins
Where charity is supposed to cover up a multitude of sins
But where do you live, baby, and where is the light?
Why are your eyes just starin' off in the night?

I can feel it coming down, coming down, coming down from four stories high
An' it's sticking in the ground, in the ground, in the ground, i don't want to see you die
I can feel it in the night, in the night, in the night, feel it in the breeeze
I can feel it taking flight in your white skin tight, i can feel myself freeze.

Got to start someplace baby, can you explain?
Please don't fade away on me baby, like the midnight train
Answer me baby, a casual look will do
Just what in the world has come over you?

I can feel it in the touch, in the touch, in the touch of your fingertips
I can feel it in the rush, in the rush, in the rush of a rock 'n' roll lick
I can feel it in my brain, in my brain, in my brain, i know what she needs
I can feel it in the rain, in the rain, in the rain, i don't want to see you bleed.

Somebody bigger than me is gonna know what you're about
Somebody parked in a truck in the shade is gonna figure you out
Ring down when you're ready baby, i'm waiting alone
The life you're saving just might be your own.  up
    

 Recording dates & record list

14 Dec 1984 1 EMPIRE BURLESQUE
14 Dec 1984 2 OUTSIDE THE EMPIRE (b)
CLEAN CUTS (HENRY PORTERS 115th DREAM) (b)
TEMPEST STORM (b)