By Tony Attwood
The lyrics to Bob’s new song are being written up here.
In my edition there are currently many gaps, and undoubtedly many errors – if you can correct any please do write in.
But Denise is now working on a complete set which makes more sense. So I am posting her copy below first of all, but also leaving my original attempt up for anyone working from that.
Corrections will then be entered onto my copy below until we get as far as we can, or the official site gives us an official set of lyrics. Please indicate which verse you are referring to. I am having trouble distinguishing where the verse breaks are at the moment but please use my numbering for guidance – we can sort the breaks out later.
Also please note, I do know I am useless at transcription and am normally helped by Larry and others, but since the song has been released, and I was awake (being in the UK) I thought I would start this off but make this a collective effort, leaving the experts in North America to join in as daylight breaks.
The biggest problem comes with the very long final section with all its cultural references. I’m ok with some of them but of course not all (being English and not American) so will need a lot of help.
If you listen to the official version, and leave it running, it goes onto Desolation Row, which reinforces the message even more. On having heard it only a couple of times, it sounds to me like Desolation Row for the 21st century, or maybe Desolation Row by an old man looking back at the past, and bemoaning the present.
That final long section of cultural references is utterly, utterly mind-blowing, and I am sorry I am not doing a very good job with it. Please help.
Final note: these lyrics are being updated time and time again, so if reading this page for a while it is worth pressing F5 to refresh the page, it might have been updated. It is 0946GMT and I’m going to take a short break, but will have another bash at the task shortly.
Tony 27 March 2020.
So here is Denise’s version
Denise promises the rest will follow. Below is my earlier version…
1: It was a dark day in Dallas November 63 The day of haunted infamy President Kennedy was a-riding high Good day to be living and a good day to die He lept to the slaughter like a sacrificial lamb He said, "Wait a minute boys, you know who I am?" "Course we do we know who you are," Then they blew off his head why he was still in the car. 2: Shot down like a dog in the broad daylight It was a matter of time and the time it was right You've got unpaid debts, we've come to collect We're going to kill you with hatred there is no escape We'll mock you and shun you and ??? in your face We've already got someone here to take your place 3: The day they dug out the grave of the king Found though they were watching no one found a thing It happened so quick so quick by surprise Right there in front of everyone's eyes Biggest magic trick ever under the sun Perfectly executed skillfully done Wolfman oh Wolfman oh Wolfman howl Rub a dub dub its a murder most foul 4: ? The Beatles are coming they're going to hold your hand Slide down the bannister ? Ferry across the Mersey and go with the flow ? coming all dressed in rags He's got the pieces in all of the bags I'm going to Woodstock its the Acquarian age ? Put your hand out the window let to good times roll There's a party going on behind that blessed door 5: Pack up the bricks, pour us a beer Don't say Dallas ? you Mr President Put your foot in the tank and step on the gas Try to make it to the triple underpass Black faced singer white faced smile Better not show your faces after the sun goes down 6/7: I bet the red light district make a ? Living in a nightmare what else do you need? ? put your money in your shoes Don't ask what your country can do for you ? money to burn Nearly time to make a left hand turn Born down to the crossroads got a friend of mine The place where the faithful can ? to die Shoot em while they run boy shoot em while you can See if you can shoot the invisible man Goodby Charlie goodbye uncle Sam ? What did you keep where did it go? ? Shut your mouth ? Busienss is business and its a murder most foul 8: ? can you hear me on the ? I'm riding along in a ? limousine Riding in the back seat next to my wife Going straight on into the afterlife I'm leaning to the left, got my head in the dust Oh Lord I've been ? into some kind of trap We're asked for a quarter and a quarter do we give We're right down the street from the street where you live ? and they took out his brains What more can they do they do they piled on the pain But his soul was not there where it was supposed to be at For the last fifty years they've been searching for that Freedom oh freedom, freedom ? I hate to tell you this but only dead men are free Mr Lonesome tell me no lies Throw the gun in the gutter walk on by Wake up little Suzie let's go for a drive Cross the Trinity River and keep hope alive Turn the radio on don't touch the dial ? hospital only six more miles You got the dizzy Miss Lizzy you filled him with lead That magic bullet of yours has gone to my head I'm just a ? Never shot anyone from the front or behind Got blood in my eyes got blood in my ears I'm never going to make it through to the frontier 9: ? before Seen it 33 times maybe more ? clean ? Ugliest thing that you ever have seen He killed him once and he killed him twice Killed him like a human sacrifice It was easy to kill him someone said to me son The age of the anti-christ has just already begun Airforce 1 coming in through the gate ? two thirty eight Let me know when you decide to throw in the towel It is was it is and its murder most foul. 10: "What's new pussy cat?" "what'd I say?" ? fool of a nation ? torn away And its beginning to go into a slow decay ? 36 hours til judgement day Wolfman Jack he's speaking in tongues He's going on and on at the top of his lungs Play me a song Mr Wolfman Jack Play it for me in my long Cadillac Play me that "Only the good die young" Take me to the place Tom Dooly was on Play St James Infirmary in the court of King James If you want to remember you'd better write down the names Play the ? too play the ? old time Play it for the man with the telepathic mind Play John lee Hooker, play "Scratch my back" Play it for that strip club owner named Jack Good ? Slim ? Go down slow Play it for me and for Marilyn Monroe 11: Play it please, "Don't let me be misunderstood" Play it for the first lady she aint feeling that good. Lay down Henry lay ? ? go by Play it for Carl ? too Looking far far away down Yellow Avenue Play a tragedy play twlight time Take me back to Tulsa the scene of the crime Play one and another one bites the dust Play the old ?in God we trust Ride the pink horse down that Long Lonesome Road ? explode Play Mystery Train Mr Mystery The man who fell down like a rootless king Play it for the river Play it for the paster ? Play Oscar Peterson play Sam Again? Play Blue Skies play Dickey Betts (Note 1) Play Art Pepper, Thelonias Monk Charlie Parker, All that junk All that joke and all that jazz Play something for the Birdman of Alcatraz Play Buster Keaton play Harry Lloyd ? Play the numbers play the odds Play "Cry me a river" for the lost of the Gods Play number nine play number six Play it for ? and Stevie Nicks Play Nat King Cole play Nature Boy Play God in a ? for Harry Lloyd Play in Heaven onenight and one night in sin Just ? that I'm interested in Play ? merchants of death Play Standard by starlight for Lady Macbeth "Dont worry Mr President helps on the way Your brothers are coming they'll be hell to pay" "Brothers what brothers? What's this about hell?" ? Tell them we're waiting we're coming we'll get there as well Love to? plane touched down But it never get that ? home to the ground Was a hard act to follow ? They killed him on the alter of the ? Play "Misty" for me and that old ? Play Anything goes? Play "Lonely are the young" and "Lonely are the brave" ? Play Jelly Roll Morton play ? PlaY Deep in the dream ? Play Moonlight Sonata in F sharp And the Keys in the highway for the king of the harp ? Play "Darkness and Death will come where it comes" Play Love me or Leave Me by the great Kus Kahn? Play the Blood Stained ? play the ? ---------------------------------------------------------- Note 1: Dicky Betts Thanks to Aditya Srinath
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