By Tony Attwood
We’ve already had a response to the idea of turning Bob Dylan’s lyrics for Dope Fiend Robber into a completed song. The earlier entry is here.
Now Paul Robert Thomas takes up the challenge.
Here is what Paul says…
“As you will hear we tried to create a contemporary sound and I, as the lyricist, tried to adhere to Bob’s storyline.
“The song starts with a tip-of-the-hat to the late great Woody Guthrie’s ‘Pretty Boy Floyd’ in ‘Come gather ’round boys ………’ who was Bob’s idol at his time of writing his Guthrie inspired lyrics to Dope Fiend Robber.
“We would very much like to include this song on our next album called BELIEF that contains songs we wrote for Sir Cliff Richard and will have a track from the UK’s Luke Jackson on it (tours with Amy Wedge who co-wrote some of Ed Sheeran’s hits).”
Paul has his own lyrics site and Facebook page. Here are the details…
- Lyrics: www.paullyrics.com
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/paullyricist
- The band: https://www.facebook.com/LesPaulsThePauls #
- And the official homepage: http://www.paullyrics.com/les-pauls-the-pauls-official-homepage
Dope Fiend Robber
Come gather ‘round boys and all There’s a story I will tell About this man’s fall And his descent into hell I got shot from a perpetrators gun Defending mine and your land my son Defending the dream of Uncle Sam Just a man doing all he can Just an American man Doing all he can for Uncle Sam They took me to the emergency room I was unconscious I presume They gave me something to ease the pain Said ‘it’s ok it’s just morphine rain’ I left the Hospital at 2.45 Felt a good time to be alive As I caught the slow train, the slow train home Felt like a fallen king back on his throne Just an American man Doing all he can for Uncle Sam They fixed my wounds of that I’m glad But the pain inside grew to be bad It makes you crave and it makes you mean It’s from what they call ‘White gold’ — Morphine It caused me ruin, it caused me shame My wife don’t even wanna know my name I was getting high day after day Selling my soul so I could pay Now I don’t mean no harm to no man I just hope that you’re able to understand I had to steal so I could eat But the word soon got out on the street They called me a dope fiend robber That’s what I became A dope fiend robber I hung my head in shame Hung my head in shame, hung my head in shame Cause I tried to rob the jewelry store And the cops grabbed me coming out the door They threw me down in the hole at 10 to 6 I went all night without a fix Nobody wanted to post my bail I just knew I had to break out of jail But I didn’t mean to kill the guard I took the keys but I hit him too hard I ran and ran but I didn’t get far I soon got picked up in a dope bar I was crawling down on the floor The cops kept hitting me more and more They beat me black and blue without rest They claimed I was resisting arrest Newspapers had my tale on the front page And fueled the country’s anger and rage They called me a dope fiend killer That’s what I now became A dope fiend killer I hung my head in shame Judge found me guilty but it wasn’t fair Sentenced to die in the electric chair I had defended my country with my life The doctors that gave me ‘white gold’ just brought me strife You made me an addict you made me crave Now I sit in this lonely cold cage Soon my life will be gone But the drug pushing doctor’s will be keeping on and on They made me a dope fiend robber That’s what I became A dope fiend robber Lord, I hung my head in shame They made me a dope fiend killer That’s what I became That’s right, a dope fiend killer No one will remember my name And wise man try to ease the ‘White Gold’s’ pain But nothing can stop the Morphine hard rain Nothing can stop the Morphine hard rain The Morphine hard rain Nothing can stop the Morphine hard rain Nothing can stop, Nothing can stop
Bob Dylan//Paul Robert Thomas
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When you send over your recording, could you also put with that the links that you have sent me this time (in case I lose them or forget to add them) then I can run your recording and the links to you all in the same place.
Untold DylanOn 08/05/2020 08:33, Paul Robert Thomas wrote:Hi Tony,How you doing, good I hope?
London born & bred song lyricist Paul Robert Thomas here to let you know that we, ‘Les Paul’s’ (The Paul’s) have almost finished our version of Dope Fiend Robber, we’ve had loads of tech probs in the studio but hope that the song will be with you at the weekend. It’s not an acoustic version but more ‘electric’ and when that’s done we’ll start on the ‘Story’ song that I’ve already written the additional lyrics for – wot wiv me being a song lyricist & all that jazz (www.paullyrics.com)😎.Our links are below but I’ll give you more info when I send the song(s) –
Cheers Tony & wishing you a great weekend, Paul