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Visions Of Johanna 1

(Seems Like A Freeze Out)

Bob Dylan © 1966 Dwarf Music

(Official lyrics @ www.bobdylan.com)


14 Feb 1966
cd imgBLONDE ON BLONDE

13 Apr 1966
cd imgHAPPY DYLENNIUM (T-686)

19 Apr 1966
cd imgBOB DYLAN'S DREAM Vol. 1 (T-118)

5 May 1966
cd imgDUBLIN MAY 5 1966 (T-119)
cd imgACOUSTIC SET N.Y.C. 1963 (T-109)
cd imgBLACK NITE CRASH (vinyl bootleg)

6 May 1966
cd imgLIVE 1962-1966 Rare Performances From The Copyright Collections

15 May 1966
cd imgLEICESTER '66 (T-299)

16 May 1966
cd imgGENUINE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 3 The Third One Now (T-636)

17 May 1966
cd imgTHE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 4 BOB DYLAN LIVE 1966
cd imgGUITARS KISSING & THE CONTEMPORARY FIX (T-024)
cd imgMANCHESTER PRAYER (T-120)

26 May 1966
cd imgBIOGRAPH

  Blonde on Blonde session 6, Columbia Music Row Studios, Nashville TN - 14.feb.1966, take 4, album version  
  Live, Stadium, Sydney AUS - 13.apr.1966  
  Live, Festival hall, Melbourne AUS - 19.apr.1966  
  Live, ABC Theatre, Belfast UK - 6.may.1966  
  Live, Adelphi Theatre, Dublin IRL - 5.may.1966  
  Live, De Montfort Hall, Leicester UK - 15.may.1966  
  Live, Odeon Theatre, Sheffield UK - 15.may.1966  
  Live, Free Trade Hall, Manchester UK - 17.may.1966  
  Live, Royal Albert Hall, London UK - 26.may.1966  

Ain't it just like the night to play tricks when you're tryin' to be so quiet?
We sit here stranded though we're all doin' our best to deny it
And Louise holds a handful of rain temptin' you to defy it
Lights flicker from the opposite loft
In this room the heat pipes just cough
The country music station plays soft
But there's nothing, really nothing to turn off
Just Louise and her lover so entwined
An' these visions of Johanna that conquer my mind.

In the empty lot where the ladies play blindman's bluff with the key chain
An' the all-night girls they whisper of escapades out on the D train
We can hear the night watchman click his flashlight
Ask himself if it's him or them that's insane
And Louise she's alright, she's just near
She's delicate and seems like the mirror
But she just makes it all too concise and too clear
That Johanna's not here
The ghost of 'lectricity howls in the bones of her face
Where these visions of Johanna have now taken my place.

Now little boy lost, he takes himself so seriously
He brags of his misery, he likes to live dangerously
An' when bringing her name up
He speaks of a farewell kiss to me
He's sure got a lot of gall to be so useless an' all
Muttering small talk at the wall while i'm in the hall
Oh how can i explain, it's so hard to get on
An' these visions of Johanna they kept me up past the dawn.

Inside the museums infinity goes up on trial
Voices echo this is what salvation must be like after a while
But Mona Lisa musta had the highway blues
You can tell by the way she smiles
See the primitive wallflower freeze
And the jelly-faced women all sneeze
Hear the one with the mustache say ''Jeeze! 
I can't find my knees''
Oh, jewels and binoculars hang from the head of the mule
But these visions of Johanna they make it all seem so cruel.

The peddler now speaks to the countess who's pretendin' to care for him
Sayin', ''Name me someone who's not a parasite an' i'll go out and say a prayer for him''
But like Louise always says ''You can't look at much? Can you, man''
As she herself prepares for him
An' Madonna she still has not showed
We see this empty cage now corrode
Where her cape of the stage once had flowed
The fiddler he now steps to the road
He writes, ''Everything's been returned which was owed''
On the back of the fish truck that loads
Where my conscience explodes
The harmonicas play the skeleton keys and the rain
And these visions of Johanna are now all that remain.  up
    

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Visions Of Johanna 2


30 Nov 1965
cd imgTHE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 12 THE CUTTING EDGE (DeLuxe Edition) #2

30 Nov 1965
cd imgTHE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 12 THE CUTTING EDGE (DeLuxe Edition)

  Blonde on Blonde session 2, Columbia Studio A, NYC - 30.oct.1965, take 1  
  Blonde on Blonde session 2, Columbia Studio A, NYC - 30.oct.1965, take 5  

Ain't it just like the night to play tricks when you're tryin' to be quiet?
We sit here stranded, though we're doin' our best to deny it
And Louise holds her handful of rain temptin' you to defy it
Lights flicker from the opposite loft
In this room the heat pipes they cough
The country music station plays soft
But there's nothing, really nothing to turn off
Just Louise and her lover so entwined
An' these visions of Johanna that conquer my mind.

In the empty lot where the ladies play blindman's bluff with the key chain
An' the all-night girls they whisper of escapades out on the D train
We can hear the night watchman click his flashlight
Askin' himself if he's insane
Louise she's alright, she's just too near
Like silk, she seems like the mirror
But he just makes it all too clear
That Johanna's not here.
Oh, this ghost of 'lectricity howls in the bones of her face
Where these visions of Johanna have now taken my place.

Little boy lost he takes himself so seriously
He boasts of his misery, he likes to live so dangerously
An' while bringing her name up
He speaks of a farewell kiss to me
Yes he's got a lot of gall, to be so useless an' small
Mutterin' his small talk at the wall while i'm in the hall.
How can i explain, oh it's so hard to get on
An' those visions of Johanna they kept me up past the dawn.

Inside the museums infinity goes up on trial
Voices echo this is what salvation's like after a while
Mona Lisa musta had the highway blues
You can tell that by her smile
See the primitive wallflower freeze
When the jelly-faced women all sneeze
Hear the one with the mustache say ''Jeeze! 
I can't find my knees''
Jewels and binoculars hang from the head of the mule
But these visions of Johanna make it all seem so cruel.

The fiddler now speaks to the princess who's pretendin' to care for him
He says ''Name me someone that's not a parasite an' i'll say a prayer for him''
And like Louise always says ''You can't look at much? Can you, man''
As she herself prepares for him.
Madonna she still has not showed
An' we see the empty cage now corrode
Where her cape of the stage once had flowed
The peddler he steps to the road
Everything's gone which was owed
He examines the nightingale's code
Still written on the fish truck that loads
My conscience explodes
The harmonicas play the skeleton keys and the rain
And these visions of Johanna are all that remain.  up
    

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Visions Of Johanna 3


30 Nov 1965
cd imgTHE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 12 THE CUTTING EDGE (DeLuxe Edition) #3
cd imgTHE LONESOME SPARROW SINGS #2 (T-349)
cd imgTHIN WILD MERCURY MUSIC #2 (T-350)

  Blonde on Blonde session 2, Columbia Studio A, NYC - 30.oct.1965, take 7  

Ain't it just like the night to play tricks when you're tryin' to be quiet?
We sit here stranded, we're all doin' our best to deny it
And Louise holds her handful of rain temptin' you to defy it
Lights flicker from the opposite loft
In this room the heat pipes they just cough
The country music station plays soft
But there's nothing, really nothing to turn off
Just Louise and her lover so entwined
An' these visions of Johanna they conquer my mind.

In the empty lot where the ladies play blindman's bluff with the key chain
An' the all-night girls whisper of escapades out on the D train
We can hear the night watchman click his flashlight
Askin' himself if he's really insane
Louise she's alright, she's just too near
Like silk, she seems like the mirror
She just makes it all too concise and too clear
That Johanna's not here
Oh, this ghost of 'lectricity howls in the bones of her face
Where these visions of Johanna have now taken my place.

The little boy lost he takes himself so seriously
He likes to boast of his misery while living so dangerously
An' while bringing her name up
He speaks of a farewell kiss to me
He's got a lot of gall to be so useless and so small
He mutters this small talk at the wall while i'm in the hall
How can i explain, oh it's so hard to get on
An' those visions of Johanna they kept me up past the dawn.

Inside the museums infinity goes up on trial
Voices echo this is what salvation's like after a while
Mona Lisa musta had the highway blues
You can tell that by the way she smiles
See the primitive wallflower freeze
When the jelly-faced women all sneeze
Hear the one with the mustache say ''Jeeze! 
I can't find my knees''
Oh, jewels and binoculars hang from the head of the mule
And these visions of Johanna make it all seem so cruel. Ah, oh, oh, oh.

The fiddler now speaks to the countess who's pretendin' to care for him
He says ''Name me someone that's not a parasite an' i'll say a prayer for him''
But like Louise always says ''You can't look at much? Can you, man''
As she herself got prepared for him.
Madonna she still has not showed
An' we see the empty cage now corrode
Where her cape of the stage once had flowed
The peddler he now steps to the road
Everything's gone which was owed
He examines the nightingale's code
Still written on the fish truck that loads
My conscience explodes
The harmonicas play the skeleton keys and the rain
And these visions of Johanna are all that remain.  up
    

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Visions Of Johanna 4


30 Nov 1965
cd imgTHE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 7 NO DIRECTION HOME
cd imgTHE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 12 THE CUTTING EDGE (DeLuxe Edition) #4

  Blonde on Blonde session 2, Columbia Studio A, NYC - 30.oct.1965, take 8  

Ain't it just like the night to play tricks when you're tryin' to be so quiet
We sit here stranded though we're all doin' our best to deny it
And Louise holds a handful of rain temptin' you to defy it
Lights flicker from the opposite loft
In this room the heat pipes cough
The country music station plays soft
But there's nothin', really nothin' to turn off
Just Louise and her lover so entwined
An' these visions of Johanna that conquer my mind.

In the empty lot where the ladies play blindman's bluff with the key chain
An' the all-night girls whisper of escapades out on the D train
We can hear the night watchman clickin' his flashlight
Now askin' himself if he's really insane
Louise she's alright, she's just too near
Like silk, she seems like the mirror
But she all just makes it too concise and too clear
That Johanna's not here.
This ghost of 'lectricity howls in the bones of her face
Where these visions of Johanna have now taken my place.

Little boy lost, he takes himself so seriously
Boasts of his misery, he likes to live dangerously
An' when bringin' her name up
He speaks of a farewell kiss to me
He sure gotta lot of gall, to be so useless an' all
Muttering small talk at the wall while i'm in the hall
Oh, how can i explain, it's so hard to get on
An' those visions of Johanna they kept me up past the dawn.

Inside of the museums infinity goes up on trial
Voices echo this is what salvation's like after a while
Mona Lisa musta had the highway blues
You can tell that by the way she smiles
See the primitive wallflower freeze
When the jelly-faced women sneeze
Hear the one with the mustache say ''Jeeze!
I can't find my knees''
Jewels and binoculars hang from the head of the mule
But these visions of Johanna make it all seem so cruel.

The fiddler now plays for the countess who's pretendin' to care for him
He says, ''Name me someone that's not a parasite an' i'll say a prayer for him''
Like Louise says ''You can't look at much? Can you, man?''
As she herself prepares for him
Madonna she still has not showed
We see the empty cage now corrode
Where her cape of the stage once has flowed
The peddler he steps to the road
Everything's gone which was owed
He examines the nightingale's code
Still written of the fish truck that loads
My conscience explodes
The harmonicas play the skeleton keys and the rain
And these visions of Johanna are all that remain.
Ah, ah, ah ...
Ah, ah, ah ...  up
    

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Visions Of Johanna 5


30 Nov 1965
cd imgTHE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 12 THE CUTTING EDGE (DeLuxe Edition) #5
cd imgMIDNIGHT TRAIN
cd imgTHIN WILD MERCURY MUSIC (T-350)
cd imgTHE LONESOME SPARROW SINGS (T-349)
cd imgGWW SEEMS LIKE A FREEZE OUT (vinyl bootleg)

  Blonde on Blonde session 2, Columbia Studio A, NYC - 30.oct.1965, take 14  

Ain't it just like the night to play tricks when you're tryin' to be quiet?
We're sitting here stranded, though we're all doin' our best to deny it
And Louise holds a handful of rain, temptin' you to defy it
Lights flicker from the opposite loft
In this room the heat pipes they cough
The country music station plays soft
But there's nothing, really nothing to turn off
Just Louise and her lover so entwined
An' these visions of Johanna that conquer my mind.

In the empty lot where the ladies play blindman's bluff with the key chain
An' the all-night girls whisper of escapades out on the D train
We can hear the night watchman
Ask himself if it's him that's really insane
Louise she's alright, she's just near
She's steady, seems like the mirror
But she just makes it all too clear that Johanna's not here
The ghost of electricity howls in the bones of her face
Where these visions of Johanna have now taken my place.

Little boy lost he takes himself so seriously
Boasts of his misery, he likes to live so dangerously
An' when bringing her name up
He speaks of a farewell kiss to me
Yes he sure gotta lot of gall, to be so useless an' all
With this small talk in the wall while i'm in the hall
How can i explain, oh it's so hard to get on
An' those visions of Johanna they kept me up till the dawn.

Inside the museums infinity goes up on trial
Voices echo this is what salvation must be like after a while
Mona Lisa musta had the highway blues
You can tell that by the way that she smiles
See the primitive wallflower freeze
When the jelly-faced women all sneeze
Hear the one with the mustache say ''Jeeze! 
I can't find my knees''
Jewels and binoculars hang from the head of the mule
But these visions of Johanna make it all seem so cruel.

The fiddler now speaks to the countess who pretends that she cares for him
Sayin', ''Name me someone that's not a parasite an' i'll go out and say a prayer for him''
But like Louise always says ''You can't look at much? Can you, man''
As she herself prepares for him
Madonna she still has not showed
And we see the empty cage now corrode
Where her cape of the stage once has flowed
The peddler he now steps to the road
Knowin' everything's gone which was owed
He examines the nightingale's code
Still left of the fish truck that loads
My conscience explodes
The harmonicas play the skeleton keys and the rain
And these visions of Johanna are all that remain.
Oh, oh.  up
    

 Recording dates & record list

30 Nov 1965 4 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 7 NO DIRECTION HOME
THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 12 THE CUTTING EDGE (DeLuxe Edition) #4
30 Nov 1965 2 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 12 THE CUTTING EDGE (DeLuxe Edition) #2
30 Nov 1965 3 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 12 THE CUTTING EDGE (DeLuxe Edition) #3
THE LONESOME SPARROW SINGS (b) #2
THIN WILD MERCURY MUSIC (b) #2
30 Nov 1965 2 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 12 THE CUTTING EDGE (DeLuxe Edition)
30 Nov 1965 5 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 12 THE CUTTING EDGE (DeLuxe Edition) #5
MIDNIGHT TRAIN
THIN WILD MERCURY MUSIC (b)
THE LONESOME SPARROW SINGS (b)
GWW SEEMS LIKE A FREEZE OUT (vb)
14 Feb 1966 1 BLONDE ON BLONDE
13 Apr 1966 1 HAPPY DYLENNIUM (b)
19 Apr 1966 1 BOB DYLAN'S DREAM Vol. 1 (b)
5 May 1966 1 DUBLIN MAY 5 1966 (b)
ACOUSTIC SET N.Y.C. 1963 (b)
BLACK NITE CRASH (vb)
6 May 1966 1 LIVE 1962-1966 Rare Performances From The Copyright Collections
15 May 1966 1 LEICESTER '66 (b)
16 May 1966 1 GENUINE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 3 The Third One Now (b)
17 May 1966 1 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 4 BOB DYLAN LIVE 1966
GUITARS KISSING & THE CONTEMPORARY FIX (b)
MANCHESTER PRAYER (b)
26 May 1966 1 BIOGRAPH
21 June 1995 THE PEDLAR NOW SPEAKS (b)
19 Apr 1996 THE MAINE EVENT (b)
25 Feb 1999 THE LONELY GRAVEYARD OF MY MIND (b)
HEADING FOR ANOTHER JOINT (b)
LES BONS MOMENTS (b)
Sep 2000 SCEWG 2000 COMPILATION (b)
20 Feb 2002 SING WHILE YOU SLAVE (b)
28 Apr 2002 BRUSSELS 2002 (b)
30 Apr 2002 PARIS SECOND 2002 (b)