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When You Gonna Wake Up

Bob Dylan © 1979 Special Rider Music

(Official lyrics @ www.bobdylan.com)


2 May 1979
cd imgSLOW TRAIN COMING

  Slow Train Coming session 3, Muscle Shoals Studio, Sheffield AL - 2.may.1979  

God don't make 
Promises that he don't keep
You got some big dreams, baby
But in order to dream you gotta still be asleep.

When you gonna wake up
When you gonna wake up?
When you gonna wake up 
An' strengthen the things that remain?

Counterfiet philosophies have
Polluted all of your thoughts
Karl Marx has got you by the throat
An' Henry Kissinger's got you tied up into knots.

When you gonna wake up
When you gonna wake up?
When you gonna wake up 
An' strengthen the things that remain?

You got innocent men in jail
Your insane asylums are filled
You got unrighteous doctors dealin' drugs 
That'll never cure your ills.

When you gonna wake up
When you gonna wake up?
When you gonna wake up 
An' strengthen the things that remain?

You got men who can't hold their peace
Women who can't control their tongues
The rich seduce the poor
An' the old are seduced by the young.

When you gonna wake up
When you gonna wake up?
When you gonna wake up 
An' strengthen the things that remain?

Adulterers in churches
An' pornography in the schools
You got gangsters in power
An' lawbreakers makin' rules.

When you gonna wake up
When you gonna wake up?
When you gonna wake up 
An' strengthen the things that remain?

Spiritual advisors
And gurus to guide every move
Instant inner peace
And every step you take got to be approved.

When you gonna wake up
When you gonna wake up?
When you gonna wake up 
An' strengthen the things that remain?

Do you ever wonder
Just what a god requires?
You think he's just an errand boy
To satisfy your wanderin' desires?

When you gonna wake up
When you gonna wake up?
When you gonna wake up 
An' strengthen the things that remain?

You can't take it with you
An' you know that it's worthless to be sold
They tell you, "Time is money.''
As if your life was worth its weight in gold.

When you gonna wake up
When you gonna wake up?
When you gonna wake up 
An' strengthen the things that remain?

There's a man on the cross
An' he's been crucified for you
Believe in in power
That's about all you got to do.

When you gonna wake up
When you gonna wake up?
When you gonna wake up 
An' strengthen the things that remain?  up
    

 Recording dates & record list

2 May 1979 1 SLOW TRAIN COMING
20 Oct 1979 RE-TRANSMISSIONS
1 Nov 1979 NEW FOUND FAITH (b)
16 Nov 1979 CONTRACT WITH THE LORD PART 1 (b)
18 Apr 1980 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 13 1979/1981 TROUBLE NO MORE (DeLuxe Edition) #2
19 Apr 1980 ROCK SOLID (b)
30 Nov 1980 RISE AGAIN (b)
3 Dec 1980 A MUSICAL RETROSPECTIVE (b)
9 Jul 1981 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 13 1979/1981 TROUBLE NO MORE (DeLuxe Edition)
25 Jul 1981 AVIGNON (b)
27 Jun 1981 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 13 1979/1981 TROUBLE NO MORE (DeLuxe Edition) #3
23/25 May 1984 DIRTY LIES (b)
28 May 1984 THE JOKERMAN PLAYS IN THE ARENA (vb)