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What Good Am I?

Bob Dylan © 1989 Special Rider Music

(Official lyrics @ www.bobdylan.com)


7 Mar 1989
cd imgOH MERCY

7 Mar 1989
cd imgTHE DEEDS OF MERCY (T-317)
cd imgOH MERCY OUTTAKES (T-337)
cd imgTHE BOOTLEG SERIES Volume 4 (vinyl bootleg)

  Oh Mercy session 2, The Studio, New Orleans LA - 7.mar.1989, overdub 7.apr.1989, album version  
  Oh Mercy session 2, The Studio, New Orleans LA - 7.mar.1989  

What good am i
If i'm like all the rest?
If i just turn away
When i see how you're dressed.
If i shut myself off
So i can't hear you cry
What good am i?

What good am i
If i know an' don't do?
If i see and don't say
If i look right through you.
If i turn a deaf ear
To the thunder in the sky
What good am i?

What good am i
While you softly weep?
An' i hear in my head
What you say in your sleep.
An' i freeze in the moment
Like the rest who don't try
What good am i?

What good am i then
To others and me?
If i've had every chance
And yet still fail to see.
If my hands are tied
Must i not wonder within
Who tied them and why
And where must i have been?

What good am i
If i say foolish things?
An' i laugh in the face of
What sorrow brings.
An' i just turn my back
When you silently die
What good am i?  up
    

 Recording dates & record list

7 Mar 1989 1 OH MERCY
THE DEEDS OF MERCY (b)
OH MERCY OUTTAKES (b)
THE BOOTLEG SERIES Volume 4 (vb)
12 Jan 1990 TOAD'S PLACE VOL. 1 (b)
29 June 1991 THE NEVER ENDING TOUR (b)
MIDFYN (b)
21 Feb 1993 AND THE NEVER ENDING TOUR BAND (b)
20 Feb 1994 TRIPLE NIGHT (b)
3 July 1994 NAPOLEON IN RAGS (b)
22 June 1995 THE PEDLAR NOW SPEAKS (b)
20 Apr 1996 THE MAINE EVENT (b)