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Talkin' World War III Blues 1

Bob Dylan

(Official lyrics @ www.bobdylan.com)


24 Apr 1963
cd imgTHE FREEWHEELIN' BOB DYLAN

  The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan session 8, Columbia Studio A, NYC - 24.apr.1963, take 5, album version  

Some time ago a crazy dream came to me
I dreamt i was walkin' in world war III
I went to the doctor the very next day
To see what kind of words he could say
He said it was a bad dream
"I wouldn't worry about it none, you know
Them old dreams are only in your head'.'

I said "Hold it doc,
A world war passed thru my brains''
He said "Nurse, get your pad, the boy's insane''
He grabbed my arm an' i said "Ouch!''
As i landed on the psychiatric couch
He said "Tell me about it.''

Well the whole thing started at 3 o'clock fast
It was all over by a quarter past
I was down in the sewer with some little lover
When i peeped out from a manhole cover
Wonderin' who turned the lights on us.

Well, i got up an' walked around
An' up an' down the lonesome town
I stood a-wonderin' which way to go
I lit a cigarette on the parkin' meter
An' walked on down the road
'T'was a normal day.

Well i rung me a fallout shelter bell
I leaned my head an' i gave a yell
"Give me a string bean, i'm a hungry man''
A shot gun fired an' away i ran
I don't blame him too much though, he didn't know me.

Down the corner by the hot dog stand
I seen a man, i said "Howdy friend
I guess there's just us two''
He screamed a bit an' away he flew
Thought i was a communist.

Well i spied me a little girl an' before she could leave
I said "Let's go an' play Adam an' Eve''
I took her by the hand an' my heart was thumpin'
But she said "Hey man, are you crazy or somethin'
You see what happened last time they started.''

Well i seen a Cadillac window uptown
An' there was nobody around
I got into the driver's seat
An' drove down forty-second street in my Cadillac
Good car to drive, after a war.

Well i remember seen some ad
So i turned on my conelrad
But i didn't pay my con ed bill
So the radio didn't work so well
Turned on my record player
It was Rock-a-Day Johnny singin'
"Tell your ma, tell your pa
Our love's a-gonna grow, ooh-wah, ooh-wah.''

I was feelin' kinda lonesome an' blue
I needed someone to talk to
So i called up the operator of time
Just to hear a voice of some kind
"When you hear the beep, it will be 3 o'clock''
She said that for over one hour an' i hung up.

Well the doctor interrupted me just about then
Sayin' "Hey, i've been havin' the same ol' dreams
But mine was a little different, you see
I dreamt the only person left after the war was me
I didn't see your around.''

Well now time passed an' now it seems
Everybody's havin' 'em dreams
Everybody see himself walkin' around with no one else.
Half of the people can part right all of the time
Some of the people can be all right part of the time
But all the people can't be all right all the time
I think Abraham Lincoln said that
"I'll let you be in my dream if i can be in yours'', I said that.  up
    

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Talkin' World War III Blues 2


25 Apr 1963
cd imgIN THE PINES (T-645)

  Live, The Bear, Chicago IL - 25.apr.1963  

Some time ago a crazy dream came to me
I dreamt i's walkin' in world war III
I went to the doctor the very next day
To see what he had to say
He said it was a bad dream.
"I wouldn't worry about it none, you know
He said "Them dreams are only in your head.''

I said "Hold it doc,
A world war passed thru my brains.''
He said "Nurse, get your pad, the boy's insane.''
He grabbed my arm an' i said "Ouch!''
As i landed hard on the psychiatric couch
He said "Tell me about it.''

Well the whole thing started at 3 o'clock fast
It was all over by a quarter past
I's down in the sewer with some little lover
When i peeped out from a manhole cover
Wonderin' who turned the lights on us.

Well, i got up an' walked around
Up an' down the lonesome town
Just wonderin' which way to go
I lit a cigarette on the parkin' meter
An' walked on down the road
It was a normal day.

Down the corner i spied me a man
Turnin' around by the hot dog stand
I said "Howdy friend, 
I guess there's just us two.''
He screamed a bit an' away he flew
Thought i was a communist.

Well i rung me a fallout shelter bell
An' i leaned my head an' i gave a big yell
"Give me a string bean, i'm a hungry man''
A shot gun fired an' away i ran
I don't blame him though, he didn't know me.

I remember seen some newspaper ad
So i turned on my conelrad
But i didn't pay my con ed bill
So the radio didn't work so well
So turned on my record player
It was Fabian singin' "Tell your ma, tell your pa
Our love's a-gonna grow, ooh-wah, ooh-wah.''

Well i spied me a girl and before she could leave
I said "Let's go an' play Adam 'n' Eve''
I took her by the hand an' my heart was thumpin'
But she said "Hey man, are you crazy or somethin'
You seen what happened last time they started.''

Well i looked into a car window uptown
An' spied me a Cadillac with nobody around
I got into the driver's seat
An' drove down forty-second street in my Cadillac
Good car to drive after a war.

I was gettin' lonesome an' blue,
I needed somebody to talk to
So i called up the operator of time
Just to hear a voice of some kind
"When you hear the beep, it will be 3 o'clock.''
She said that for over one hour an' i hung up.

Well the doctor interrupted me just about then
Sayin' "I've been havin' the same ol' dream
But mine was a little different, don't you see
I dreamt the only person left after the war was me,
I didn't see your around.''

Well time passed an' now it seems
Everybody's havin' 'em dreams
Everybody see himself walkin' around with no one else.
Some of the people can half right all of the time
All of the people can be part right some of the time
But all the people can't be all right all the time
Abraham Lincoln said that.
"I'll let you be in my dream if i can be in yours'', I said that.  up
    

 Recording dates & record list

24 Apr 1963 1 THE FREEWHEELIN' BOB DYLAN
25 Apr 1963 2 IN THE PINES (b)
10 May 1963 IN CONCERT BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY 1963
26 Oct 1963 UNRAVELLED TALES: CARNEGIE HALL 26TH OCTOBER 1963 (b)
1 Feb 1964 50TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION 1964
ECHO'S ALBUM (b)
1 Feb 1964 PARANOID BLUES (b)
1 Feb 1964 ONE PUSH OF THE BUTTON: TV SHOWS (PART 1) (b)
17 May 1964 50TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION 1964 #2
10 Oct 1964 50TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION 1964 #3
31 Oct 1964 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 6 LIVE 1964 CONCERT AT PHILHARMONIC HALL
ALL HALLOW'S EVE & MORE (b)
LIVE IN NEW YORK 1964 [DOCUMENT] (b)
25 Nov 1964 50TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION 1964 #5
27 Nov 1964 50TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION 1964 #4
May 1965 THE EMMETT GROGAN ACETATES & OTHER RARITIES (b)
7 May 1965 NOW AIN'T THE TIME FOR YOUR TEARS (vb)