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Too Late

(early acoustic version of Foot Of Pride)


23 Apr 1983
cd imgDYLAN ...REVISITED [Uncut issue June 2021]

 Infidels session 12, Power Station NYC - 23.apr.1983  

Whether there was murder, I don't know, I can't say
I was visiting a friend in jail
There were only two women at the scene at the time
Neither one of those saw a thing, both of 'em were wearin' a veil.
They said it was a natural situation
That he reached too high and tumbled back to the ground.
You know what they say about bein' nice to people on the way up
Sooner or later you might meet 'em comin' down.

Well it's too late to bring him back
Too late, too late, too late, too late, too late to bring him back.

He got a brother named Paul, hangin' out at the Cafˇ Royal
Where all the company is mixed
He's pretty to look at, he wants someone to throw the book at
But you know he drinks, and drinks can be fixed.
Sing me one more song about your summer romance
Or maybe that one about your one night stand with Errol Flynn.
In these times of compassion when conformity's in fashion
Say one more stupid thing to me before the final nail's driven in.

You know it's too late to bring him back
Too late, too late, too late to bring him back.

Doctor Silver Spoon from the ecstasy ballroom
He's a retired businessman who feeds off everyone in touch
He gives money to the church and foundations for research
He's not someone you can play around with too much.
Miss Rosetta Blake from a spinner boat at the lake (*)
She's rough to look at but she's fake
She'll feed you coconut bread and spice buns in bed
If you won't have to worry about sleepin' with your head face down in the plate.

Well it's too late to bring him back
Too late, too late, too late, too too late to bring him back.

Gonna arrange to see a man tonight
He'll tell you some secret things that you think might open some doors
How to enter in the gates of paradise, no, not really
More like goin' crazy from carryin' a burden never meant to be yours.
On the stage they'll be doin' the bumps and the grinds
A whore will pass the hat, collect a hundred grand, say, "Well boys thanks"
They like to take all this money from sin, build big castles to study in
And sing Amazing Grace all the way to the Swiss banks.

Well it's too late to bring him back
Too late, too late, too late, too too late to bring him back.

 
(*)see "text cuts" of lyrics in Terry Gans' book "Surviving in a Ruthless World", pp.135-153
   or alternate transcription from Eyolf Østrem's dylanchord.com.
 
    

 Recording dates & record list

23 Apr 1983 1 DYLAN ...REVISITED