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Tell Ol' Bill 1

Bob Dylan © 2005

(Official lyrics @ www.bobdylan.com)


17 June 2005
cd imgTHE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 8 TELL TALE SIGNS RARE AND UNRELEASED 1989-2006
cd imgTELL OL' BILL SESSIONS #7 (T-927)

17 June 2005
cd imgNORTH COUNTRY (Music From The Motion Picture)
cd imgFRIENDS WILL ARRIVE: STUDIO SESSIONS TAKE 1 (T-1062)
cd imgTELL OL' BILL SESSIONS #13 (T-927)

17 June 2005
cd imgTELL OL' BILL SESSIONS #9 (T-927)

17 June 2005
cd imgTELL OL' BILL SESSIONS #10 (T-927)

17 June 2005
cd imgTELL OL' BILL SESSIONS #12 (T-927)

  Tell Ol' Bill sessions, Studio 4, Conshohocken PA - 17 Jun 2005, track 7  
  Tell Ol' Bill sessions, Studio 4, Conshohocken PA - 17 Jun 2005, track 9  
  Tell Ol' Bill sessions, Studio 4, Conshohocken PA - 17 Jun 2005, track 10  
  Tell Ol' Bill sessions, Studio 4, Conshohocken PA - 17 Jun 2005, BS Vol. 8 version  
  Tell Ol' Bill sessions, Studio 4, Conshohocken PA - 17 Jun 2005, "North Country" version 

five slightly different versions and 
track 7 has very slightly different lyrics from BS Vol. 8:"now an' i sigh" vs "an' now i sigh" in last verse

The river whispers in my ear
I've hardly a penny to my name
The heavens never seemed so near
[That all/All] my body glows with flame

The tempest struggles in the air
Unto myself alone i sing
It could sink me then and there
I can hear the echo[es] ring

I tried to find one smilin' face
To drive the shadow [from/off] my head
I'm stranded in this nameless place
Lyin' restless in a heavy bed. 

Tell me straight out if you will
Why must you torture me within?
Why must you come from your high hill?  / Why must you come down from your hill?
I throw my fate to the clouds and wind

Far away in a silent land
Secret thoughts are hard to bear
Remember me you'll understand
Emotions we can never share

You trampled on me as you passed
Left the coldest kiss upon my brow
All my doubts and fears have gone at last
I've nothin' more to tell you now.

I walk by tranquil lakes and streams
As each new season's dawn awaits
I lay awake at night with troubled dreams
The enemy is at the gate

Beneath the thunder-blasted trees
The words are ringin' off your tongue
The ground is hard in times like these
The stars are cold, the night is young

The rocks are bleak, the trees are bare
Iron clouds go floatin' by
Snowflakes fallin' in my hair
Beneath the gray and stormy sky.

The evenin' sun is sinkin' low
The woods are dark, the town is too
They'll drag you down, they run the show
Ain't no tellin' what they'll do  / They will [leave/beat] you black an' blue

Tell Ol' Bill when he comes home
[That anythin'/Anythin'] is worth a try
Tell him that i'm not alone
And that the hour has come to do or die

All the world i would defy
Let me make it plain as day
I look at you [an' now/now an'] i sigh
How could it be any other way?  up
    

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Tell Ol' Bill 2


17 June 2005
cd imgTELL OL' BILL SESSIONS #2 (T-927)

17 June 2005
cd imgTELL OL' BILL SESSIONS #3 (T-927)

17 June 2005
cd imgTELL OL' BILL SESSIONS #5 (T-927)

  Tell Ol' Bill sessions, Studio 4, Conshohocken PA - 17 Jun 2005, with extra verse  
  Tell Ol' Bill sessions, Studio 4, Conshohocken PA - 17 Jun 2005, bluesy with extra verse  
  Tell Ol' Bill sessions, Studio 4, Conshohocken PA - 17 Jun 2005, with extra verse  

{\ takes with extra "From white to green" verse }

The river whispers in my ear
I've hardly a penny to my name
The heavens never seemed so near
And all my body glows with flame

The tempest struggles in the air
Unto my lone myself i sing
It could sink me then and there
I can hear the echoes ring

I tried to find one smilin' face
To drive the shadow from my head
I'm stranded in this lonesome place
Layin' restless in a heavy bed.

Tell me straight out if you will
Why must you torture me within?
Why must you come from your high hill?
I throw my fake to the clouds and wind

Far away in a silent land
Secret thoughts are hard to bear
Remember me you'll understand
Emotions we can never share

You trampled on me as you passed
Left the coldest kiss upon my brow
All my doubts and fears are gone at last
I've nothin' more to tell you now.

I walk by [these] tranquil lakes and streams
As each new season's dawn awaits
I lay awake at night with troubled dreams
The enemy is at the gate

Beneath the thunder-blasted trees
The words are ringin' off your tongue
The ground is hard in times like these
The stars are cold, the night is young

From white to green, from brown to black 
Not one more minute can i waste 
They go too far, they drive me back 
At a slow and steady pace

The rocks are bleak, the trees are bare
Iron clouds go floatin' by
Snowflakes fallin' in my hair
Beneath the grey/dark and stormy sky.

The evenin' sun is sinkin' low
The woods are dark, the town is too
They'll drag you down, they run the show
Ain't no tellin' what they'll do

Tell Ol' Bill when he come home
Anything is worth of try
Tell him that i'm not alone
[An' that] The hour has come to do or die

All the world i would defy
Let me make it plain as day
I look at you and now i sigh
How [can\could] it be any other way?  up
    

 Recording dates & record list

17 June 2005 1 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 8 TELL TALE SIGNS RARE AND UNRELEASED 1989-2006
TELL OL' BILL SESSIONS (b) #7
17 June 2005 TELL OL' BILL SESSIONS (b)
17 June 2005 2 TELL OL' BILL SESSIONS (b) #2
TELL OL' BILL SESSIONS (b) #3
17 June 2005 TELL OL' BILL SESSIONS (b) #4
17 June 2005 2 TELL OL' BILL SESSIONS (b) #5
17 June 2005 TELL OL' BILL SESSIONS (b) #6
17 June 2005 1 NORTH COUNTRY (Music From The Motion Picture)
FRIENDS WILL ARRIVE: STUDIO SESSIONS TAKE 1 (b)
TELL OL' BILL SESSIONS (b) #13
TELL OL' BILL SESSIONS (b) #9
TELL OL' BILL SESSIONS (b) #10
17 June 2005 TELL OL' BILL SESSIONS (b) #11
17 June 2005 1 TELL OL' BILL SESSIONS (b) #12
17 June 2005 TELL OL' BILL SESSIONS (b) #8