by Tony Attwood
So why is this song not on the mega mega boxed up and packaged “Trouble no more bootleg” packages? Why does it not even get a mention on BobDylan.com?
I have no idea. It appears to have been recorded in March 1981 around the time of Heart of Mine although the YouTube below says 1980. It has no lyrics published – but it was copyrighted in 1985.
(One is tempted to say at this point,
But perhaps not).
It’s just three chords, and lots of feel (you might call it “soul”).
I really can’t understand how, with all the effort going in to giving us so much of everything on the boxed set this clearly rehearsed song full of feeling gets left off. Indeed I’d think it was worth including on a mainstream CD.
The wonderful Expecting Rain site did come up with a transcription, and I re-publish it below in the hopes that they don’t mind. If they do I’ll take it down and we’ll have a bash ourselves.
What we can say is that the music is finished but not the lyrics, so Bob probably just abandoned it because he had the phrase that defined the entire piece, but not the fill in lyrics to go with it.
I think also in what follows it is not so much a case of us not knowing what the lyrics are but that he doesn’t know either, and it was just a case of having gone this far that he felt it wasn’t worth the effort of going no further.
But that still doesn’t explain why it got left out of the whole collection of the period unless either Bob forgot about the song or he just felt it wasn’t religious enough to merit keeping.
Over to anyone who can take these “lyrics” further and make something more of them. Maybe we should even run a “Complete the Dylan song” competition – although without prizes (I can’t afford to give prizes).
I don’t hear (And the ear) (Adaloear?)
And the time when
All they heal (All the here?)
I will take ya
For a ride
All pawater (pervader?) (ah cowater?) (all pervader)
All the here
Cuz the bad moon on the rise
He (Peace?) (Heat?) (Me?) shining in your eyes
Is it worth it,
What your doin’ to me?
All will tell ya
And I will
Before too long
(Toll?) (Told?) the razy (racing?)
In (and?) the pocket
Of a’right or wrong
Patty Girl with your blue bell eyes
Shining desert so (sone?)
Is it worth it?
What your doin’ to me.
Of a take
Fifteen (fifty) dollars
And, ugh, I roll them
Central park west
He creator (laughs)
My own baby
Then she know it
Deep in our bed
But it don’t move up to know
And that ain’t the way the flower grows
Is it worth it,
What your doing to me?
The conduction (seduction?) of the will
And a nasty automobile
All them dollars (all the dollar)
All the sorrow (sworrow?) (swolrow?)
Make you cry
Some place I fore (for?) know
I’ve died each ya don’t go
Is it worth it,
What your doin’ to me
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