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Tin Angel

Bob Dylan © 2012

(Official lyrics @ www.bobdylan.com)

Jan/Mar 2012

Tempest sessions, Groove Masters studio, Santa Monica CA  - jan/mar 2012   

It was late last night when the boss came home
To a deserted mansion and a desolate throne
Servant said, "Boss, the lady's gone
She left this mornin' just 'fore dawn."

"You got somethin' to tell me, tell it to me, man
Come to the point as straight as you can."
"Old Henry Lee, chief of the clan
Came ridin' through the woods and took her by the hand."

The boss he laid back flat on his bed
He cursed the heat and he clutched his head
He pondered the future of his fate
To wait another day would be far too late.

"Go fetch me my coat and my tie
And the cheapest labor that money can buy
Saddle me up my buckskin mare
If you see me go by, put up a prayer."

Well they rode all night and they rode all day
Eastward long on the broad highway
His spirit was tired and his vision was bent
His men deserted him an' onward he went.

He came to a place where the light was dull
His poor head pounding in his skull
Heavy heart was racked with pain
Insomnia raging in his brain.

Well he threw down his helmet and his cross-handled sword
He renounced his faith, he denied his lord
Crawled on his belly, put his ear to the wall
One way or another, he'd put an end to it all.

He leaned down, cut the 'lectric wire
Stared into the flames and he snorted the fire
Peered through the darkness, caught a glimpse of the two
It was hard to tell for certain who was who.

He lowered himself down on a golden chain
His nerves were quaking every vein
His knuckles were bloody, he sucked in the air
He ran his fingers through his greasy hair.

They looked at each other and their glasses clinked
One single unit inseparably linked
"Got a strange premonition there's a man close by"
"Don't worry 'bout him, he wouldn't harm a fly."

From behind the curtain the boss crossed the floor
He moved his feet and he bolted the door
Shadows hiding the lines in his face
With all the nobility of an ancient race.

She turned, she was startled with a look of surprise
With the hatred that could hit the skies
"You're a reckless fool, i could see it in your eyes."
"To come this way was by no means wise."

"Get up, stand up, you greedy-lipped wench
And cover your face or suffer the consequence
You are makin' my heart feel sick
Put your clothes back on double quick."

"Silly boy, you think me a saint
I'll listen no more to your words of complaint
You've given me nothin' but the sweetest lies
Now hold your tongue and feed your eyes."

"I'd have given you the stars and the planets too
But what good would these things to you?
Bow the heart, if not the knee
Or never again this world you'll see."

"Oh please, let not your heart be cold
This man is dearer to me than gold."
"Oh my dear, you must be blind
He's a gutless ape with a worthless mind."

"You've had your way too long with me
Now it's me who will determine how things shall be,
Try to escape", he cussed and cursed
"You'll have to try to get past me first."

"Dare not let your passion rule
You think my heart the heart of a fool
And you sir, you can not deny
You made a monkey of me, what and for why?"

"I'll have no more of this insulting chat.
The devil can have you, i'll see to that
Look sharp or step aside
Or in the cradle you'll wish you'd died."

The gun went boom and the shot rang clear
First bullet grazed his ear
Second ball went right straight in
And he bent in the middle like a twisted pin.

He crawled to the corner and he lowered his head
He gripped the chair and he grabbed the bed
It would take more than needle and thread
Bleedin' from the mouth, he's as good as dead.

"You shot my husband down, you fiend"
"Husband, what husband, what the hell do you mean?
He was man of strife, a man of sin
I cut him down and i throw him to the wind."

"Hear this", she said with angry breath
"You too shall meet the lord of death
It was i who brought your soul to life."
And she raised her robe and she drew out a knife.

His face was hard and caked with sweat
His arms ached and his hands were wet
"You're a murderous queen and a bloody wife
If you don't mind, i'll have the knife."

"We're two of a kind and our blood runs hot
But we're no way similar in body or thought
All husbands are good men as all wives know."
Then she pierced him to the heart and his blood did flow.

His knees went limp and he reached for the door
His doom was sealed, he slid to the floor
He whispered in her ear, "This is all your fault
My fighting days have come to a halt."

She touched his lips and kissed his cheek
He tried to speak but his breath was weak
"You die for me, now i'll die for you."
She put the blade to her heart and she ran it through.

All three lovers together in a heap
Thrown into the grave forever to sleep
Funeral torches blazed away
Through the towns and the villages all night and all day. 

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