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T.V. Talkin' Song 1

Bob Dylan © 1990 Special Rider Music

(Official lyrics @ www.bobdylan.com)


Mar/Apr 1990
cd imgUNDER THE RED SKY

  Under the Red Sky sessions - Mar/Apr 1990  

One time in London i'd gone out for a walk
Past a place called Hyde Park where people talk
'Bout all kinds of different gods, they have their point of view
To anyone passin' by that's who they're talkin' too.

There was someone on a platform talkin' to the folks
About the T.V. god an' all the pain that it invokes
"It's too bright a light", he said, "for anybody's eyes
If you're never seen one it's a blessin' in disguise."

I moved in closer, got up on my toes
Two men in front of me were comin' to blows
The man was sayin' something 'bout children when they're young
Being sacrificied to it while lullabies are bein' sung.

The news of the day is on all the time
All the latest gossip, all the latest rhyme
You mind is your temple, keep beautiful an' free
Don't let an egg get laid in it by somethin' you can't see.

"Pray for peace", he said, you could feel in the crowd
My thoughts began to wander, but his voice was riggin' loud
"It will destroy your family, your happy home is gone
No one can protect you from it once you turned it on."

"It will lead you in some strange pursuits
Lead you to the land of forbidden fruit
It will scramble up your head and drag your brain about
Sometimes you gotta do like elvis did an' shoot the damn thing out."

"It's all been designed", he said, "to make you lose your mind
An' when you go back to find it there's nothin' there to find
Everytime you look at it, your situation's worse
If you feel it grabbin' out for you, send for the nurse."

The crowd began to riot an' they grabbed hold of the man
There was pushin', there was shovin' an' everybody ran
The T.V. crew was there to film it, they jumped right over me
Later on that evenin' i watched it on T.V.   up
    

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T.V. Talkin' Song 2


Mar/Apr 1990
cd imgGENUINE BOOTLEG SERIES VOL. 3 THE THIRD ONE NOW (T-636)

  Under the Red Sky sessions - Mar/Apr 1990  

One time down in London I'd gone out for a walk
Past a place called the Hyde Park where people talk
Get up on a platform and they tell their point of view
To anyone who's there, that's who they're talking to.

There was a man on a platform talkin' to some folks
About T.V. bein' evil and he wasn't tellin' jokes
"It's too bright a light", he said, "for anybody's eyes
Bein' not to have one is a blessin' in disguise."

I moved in closer an' got up on my toes
Two men in front of me were comin' to blows
The man was sayin' somethin' 'bout children when they're young
"Whoever puts their face in it", he said, "they should be hung".

"News of the day is on all the time
All the greatest gossip, all the latest rhyme
Melts your brain inside your eye and penetrates your skull
Lays an egg inside your head and makes you dull."

I got up restless, drifted through the crowd
He was still shoutin' somethin', his voice was ringin' loud
"It will destroy your family, your happy home is gone
No one can protect you from it once you turn it on."

"Tilt the screen about", he said, "and climb up on the knobs
You can live another life with all the time you've lost
Baits you in a puppet, spins your brains about 
Sometimes you do like Elvis did and blow the damn thing out."

T.V. judges and T.V. clerks
T.V. repair men to fix it so it works
T.V. daddies and T.V. moms
An' on T.V., cities under bombs.

"It's all been designed", he said, "to make you lose your mind
Give it to somebody who will worship you behind
Every time you look at it, the situation's worse
If you feel it grabbin' out for you, call for the nurse."

The crowd began to riot, they grabbed hold of the man
Hung him from a lamppost, then they ran
The T.V. was there to film it, jumped right over me
I walked back to my hotel and watched it on T.V.   up
    

 Recording dates & record list

Mar/Apr 1990 1 UNDER THE RED SKY
Mar/Apr 1990 2 GENUINE BOOTLEG SERIES VOL. 3 THE THIRD ONE NOW (b)