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With God On Our Side

Bob Dylan © 1963 M.Witmark & Sons, 1991 Special Rider Music

(Official lyrics @ www.bobdylan.com)


25 Apr 1963
cd imgIN THE PINES (T-645)

28 July 1963
cd imgNEWPORT BROADSIDE 1963
cd imgBEST OF NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVALS
cd imgHARD TO FIND Vol. 3 (Even Harder To Find) (T-503)
cd imgHELP ! (vinyl bootleg)

7 Aug 1963
cd imgTHE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN'

4 Nov 1975
cd imgTHE ROLLING THUNDER REVUE: THE LIVE 1975 RECORDINGS

19 Oct 1988
cd imgSTUCK INSIDE OF NEW YORK (T-155)

  Live, The Bear, Chicago I - 25.apr.1963  
  Live, Newport Folk Festival, Newport RI - 27.jul.1963, "ballads worshop", w/ Joan Baez  
  The Times They Are a-Changin' session 2, Columbia Studio A, NYC - 7.aug.1963, album version  
  Live, Rolling Thunder Revue, Civic Center, Providence, RI - 4.nov.1975, afternoon  
  Live, Radio City Music Hall, NYC - 19.oct.1988, with extra "Vietnam verse"  

Oh, my name it ain't nothin', my age it means less
The country I come from is called the Midwest
I's taught and brought up there, the laws to abide
And that the land that I live in has God on its side.

Oh, the history books tell it, they tell it so well
The cavalries charged, the Indians fell
The cavalries charged, the Indians died
Oh, the country was young with God on its side.

The Spanish American war had its day
And the Civil War too was soon laid away
And the names of the heroes i's made to memorize
With guns in their hands and God on their side.

The First World War, boys, it came an it went
The reason for fightin' I never did get
But I learned to accept it, accept it with pride
For you don't count the dead when God's on your side.

The Second World War boys, came to an end
We forgave the Germans and then we were friends
Though they murdered six million, in the ovens they fried
The Germans now too have God on their side.

(v) 

I've learned to hate Russians all through my whole life (p) 
If another war comes it's them we must fight
To hate them and fear them, to run and to hide
And accept it all bravely with God on my side.

But now we got weapons of chemical dust
If fire them we're forced to, then fire them we must
One push of the button an' shot the world wide
An' you never ask questions when God's on your side

Through a many dark hour i've been thinkin' 'bout this
That Jesus Christ was betrayed by a kiss
But I can't think for you, you'll have to decide
Whether Judas Iscariot had God on his side.

So now as I'm leavin', i'm weary as hell
The confusion I'm feelin' ain't no tongue can tell
The words fill my head and fall to the floor
That if God's on our side, he'll stop the next war.

______
(p)  Providence RI - 4.nov.1975, afternoon show
I've learned to hate Russia and China and Korea and Vietnam
 and Bulgaria and Poland and South America and Cuba through my whole life
______
(v)  NYC - 19.oct.1988, extra "Vietnam war" verse
In the 1960's came the Vietnam War
Can somebody tell me what we're fighting for?
So many young men died, so many young mothers cried
Now I ask the question "Was God on our side?"  up
    

 Recording dates & record list

12 Apr 1963 STOLEN MOMENTS: NEW YORK TOWN HALL 12TH APRIL 1963 (b)
THE BANJO TAPE & NYC TOWN HALL (b)
25 Apr 1963 1 IN THE PINES (b)
28 July 1963 1 NEWPORT BROADSIDE 1963
BEST OF NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVALS
HARD TO FIND Vol. 3 (Even Harder To Find) (b)
HELP ! (vb)
7 Aug 1963 1 THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN'
26 Oct 1963 LIVE AT CARNEGIE HALL 1963
UNRAVELLED TALES: CARNEGIE HALL 26TH OCTOBER 1963 (b)
12 May 1964 50TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION 1964
ONE PUSH OF THE BUTTON: TV SHOWS (PART 1) (b)
17 May 1964 50TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION 1964 #2
8 Aug 1964 50TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION 1964 #3
10 Oct 1964 50TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION 1964 #4
31 Oct 1964 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 6 LIVE 1964 CONCERT AT PHILHARMONIC HALL
ALL HALLOW'S EVE & MORE (b)
31 Oct 1964 LIVE IN NEWPORT 1965 (b)
7 May 1965 NOW AIN'T THE TIME FOR YOUR TEARS (vb)
4 Nov 1975 1 THE ROLLING THUNDER REVUE: THE LIVE 1975 RECORDINGS
19 Oct 1988 1 STUCK INSIDE OF NEW YORK (b)
4 Dec 1988 YOU DON'T KNOW ME (b)
15 Nov 1994 THE UNPLUGGED REHEARSALS
17 Nov 1994 MTV UNPLUGGED
COMPLETELY UNPLUGGED (b)
May 1964 TRANSMISSIONS