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The Wicked Messenger

Bob Dylan © 1968 Dwarf Music

(Official lyrics @

29 Nov 1967

mid-May 2021
 SHADOW KINGDOM [july 18, 2021]

John Wesley Harding recording session 3, Nashville TN - 29.nov.1967, album version 
Shadow Kingdom recording sessions, Santa Monica CA - mid-May 2021 

There was a wicked messenger
From Eli he did come
With a mind that multiplied the smallest matter
When questioned who had sent for him
He answered with his thumb
For his tongue it could not speak but only flatter.

He stayed behind the assembly hall
It was there he made his bed
Often times he could be seen returnin'
Until one day he just appeared
With a note in his hands which read
"The soles of my feet i swear they're burnin'."

Oh, the leaves began to fall
And the seas began to part
And the people that confronted him were many
An' he was told but these few words
Which opened up his heart
"If you cannot bring good news, then don't bring any."

Recording dates & record list

Sep 2000 SCEWG 2000 COMPILATION (cd bootleg)
8 Nov 2000 PATHWAY TO THE STARS (cd bootleg)
28 Apr 2002 BRUSSELS 2002 (cd bootleg)
mid-May 20211SHADOW KINGDOM [film concert, july 18, 2021]