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When I Paint My Masterpiece 1

Bob Dylan © 1971 Big Sky Music

(Official lyrics @ www.bobdylan.com)


16-19 Mar 1971
GREATEST HITS Vol. 2

Greatest Hits Vol. 2 sessions, Blue Rock Studios, NYC - 16-19.mar.1971  

Oh the streets of Rome are filled with rubble
Ancient footprints are everywhere
You can almost think that you're seein' double
On a cold dark night on the Spanish stairs
Got to hurry on back to my hotel room
Where i've got me a date with Boticelli's niece (or Venus)
She promised that she'd be right there with me
When i paint my masterpiece.

Oh the hours that i spent inside the coliseum
Dodgin' lions an' wastin' time
Oh those mighty kings of the jungle i could hardly stand to see 'em
Yes it sure has been a long hard climb.
Train wheels runnin' through the back of my memory
As the daylight hours do increase
Someday everything is gonna be smooth like a rhapsody
When i paint my masterpiece.

I left Rome and landed in Brussels
With a picture of a tall oak tree by my side
Clergymen in uniform an' young girls pullin' muscles
Everyone was there but nobody tried to hide
Newspapermen eatin' candy
Had to be held down by big police
Someday everything's gonna be different
When i paint my masterpiece. 
    

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When I Paint My Masterpiece 2


16-19 Mar 1971
ANOTHER SELF PORTRAIT:
    THE BOOTLEG SERIES VOL. 10 / 1969-1971

Greatest Hits Vol. 2 sessions, Blue Rock Studios, NYC - 16-19.mar.1971  

Oh the streets of Rome are filled with rubble
Ancient footprints are everywhere
You can almost think that you're seein' double
On a cold dark night by the Spanish stairs.
Got to hurry on back to my hotel room
Where i got me a date with a pretty little girl from Greece
She promised she'd be right there with me
When i paint my masterpiece.

Oh the hours i spent inside the coliseum
Dodgin' lions an' wastin' time
Oh those mighty kings of the jungle, i could hardly stand to see 'em
It sure has been a long hard climb.
Train wheels runnin' thru the back of my memory
When i ran on the hilltop followin' a pack of wild geese
Someday everything is gonna sound like a rhapsody
When i paint my masterpiece.

Sailin' around the world in a dirty gondola
Sure wish i hadn't sold my old victrola
Ain't nothin' like that good old rock 'n' rolla.

I left Rome an' pulled into Brussels
On a plane ride so bumpy that i almost cried
Clergymen in uniform an' young girls pullin' muscles
Everyone was there to greet me when i stepped inside.
Newspapermen eatin' candy
Had to be held down by big police
Someday everything is gonna be different
When i paint that masterpiece. 
    

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When I Paint My Masterpiece 3


19 Nov 1975
THE ROLLING THUNDER REVUE:
    THE LIVE 1975 RECORDING #1

20 Nov 1975
THE ROLLING THUNDER REVUE:
    THE LIVE 1975 RECORDING #2

21 Nov 1975
THE ROLLING THUNDER REVUE:
    THE LIVE 1975 RECORDING #3

21 Nov 1975
THE ROLLING THUNDER REVUE:
    THE LIVE 1975 RECORDING #4
GET READY! TONIGHT BOB'S STAYING HERE WITH YOU (T-129)
BE MY GUEST (T-564)

4 Dec 1975
THE ROLLING THUNDER REVUE:
    THE LIVE 1975 RECORDING #5

8 Dec 1975
NIGHT OF THE HURRICANE 1 (T-813)
THE HURRICANE CARTER BENEFIT (vinyl bootleg)

25 Jan 1976
NIGHT OF THE HURRICANE 2 (T-814)

Rolling Thunder Revue (October-December 1975):  
   Memorial Auditorium, Worcester MA - 19.nov.1975  
   Harvard Square theater, Cambridge MA - 20.nov.1975  
   Boston Music Hall, Boston MA - 21.nov.1975 afternoon  
   Boston Music Hall, Boston MA - 21.nov.1975 evening  
   Forum de Montrˇal, Montrˇal QU - 4.dec.1975  
   Madison Square Garden, NYC '"Night of the Hurricane'" - 8.dec.1975  

Oh the streets of Rome are filled with rubble
Ancient footprints are everywhere
You can almost think that you're seein' double
On a cold dark night on the Spanish stairs.
Late in the night in the Coliseum
Dodgin' lions an' wastin' time
These beasts of [???], I could hardly stand to see 'em
Well it sure has been what a hell of a ride/time/climb.

Got to hurry on back to my hotel room
Where i got me a date with [Boticelli's niece/a pretty little girl from Greece]
Well she promised she'd be right there with me
When i paint that masterpiece.

Sailin' around the world in a dirty gondola
Oh to be back in the land of Coca Cola!

I left Rome an' pulled into Brussels
On a plane ride so bumpy that i almost cried
Clergymen in uniform an' young girls pullin' muscles
Well it sure has been what a hell of a ride.
Newspapermen eatin' candy
They had to be held [down/back] by [big/french] police
Someday everything is gonna be different
When i paint that masterpiece.

Train wrecks runnin' thru the back of my memory
When i ran on the hilltop followin' a pack of wild geese
Someday everything is gonna be beautiful
When i paint that masterpiece
When i paint that masterpiece.  
    

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When I Paint My Masterpiece 4


April/May 2021
 SHADOW KINGDOM [july 18, 2021]

Shadow Kingdom recording sessions, Santa Monica CA - May 2021  

Oh, the streets of Rome are filled with rubble
Ancient footprints are everywhere
You can almost think that youÕre seeinÕ double
On a cold dark night by the Spanish stairs
Got to hurry on back to my hotel room
Gonna wash my clothes, scrape off all of the grease
Gonna lock the doors and turn my back on the world for a while
Gonna stay right there Õtil I paint my masterpiece.

Well, the hours IÕve spent inside the Coliseum
Dodging lions with a mean and a hungry look
Those mighty kings of the jungle, I can hardly stand to see Õem
I can see Õem comin', I could read their faces like a book 
Train wheels running through the back of my memory 
When I ran on the hilltop followin' a pack of wild geese
Someday, everythingÕs goin' to be different
When I paint, when I paint my masterpiece.

SailinÕ around the world full of crimson and clover
Sometime I feel like my cup is a runnin' over
I left Rome and I pulled into Brussels
On a plane ride so bumpy that it made me ill
Clergymen in uniform and young girls pullinÕ muscles
Everyone was there to meet me cominÕ down the hill
Newspaper men eatin' candy had to be held back by big police 
Someday everythingÕs gonna be beautiful 
When I paint my masterpiece. 
    

Recording dates & record list

16-19 Mar 1971 1GREATEST HITS Vol. 2
16-19 Mar 1971 2ANOTHER SELF PORTRAIT: THE BOOTLEG SERIES VOL. 10 / 1969-1971

19 Nov 1975 3THE ROLLING THUNDER REVUE: THE LIVE 1975 RECORDING
20 Nov 1975 3THE ROLLING THUNDER REVUE: THE LIVE 1975 RECORDING #2
21 Nov 1975a3THE ROLLING THUNDER REVUE: THE LIVE 1975 RECORDING #3
21 Nov 1975e3THE ROLLING THUNDER REVUE: THE LIVE 1975 RECORDING #4
GET READY! TONIGHT BOB'S STAYING HERE WITH YOU (bootleg)
BE MY GUEST (bootleg)
4 Dec 1975 3THE ROLLING THUNDER REVUE: THE LIVE 1975 RECORDING #5
8 Dec 1975 3NIGHT OF THE HURRICANE 1 (bootleg)
THE HURRICANE CARTER BENEFIT (vinyl bootleg)
25 Jan 1976 3NIGHT OF THE HURRICANE 2 (bootleg)

21 Apr 1996THE MAINE EVENT (bootleg)
19 Dec 1997OH BABE IT AIN'T NO LIE (bootleg)
19 Dec 1997DON'T BE LATE (bootleg)
28 Apr 2002BRUSSELS 2002 (bootleg)
May 20214SHADOW KINGDOM [july 18, 2021]