sito italiano di BOB DYLAN

 

 

"TEMPEST" LYRICS

 

1. DUQUESNE WHISTLE

Listen to that Duquesne whistle blowing
Blowing like it's gonna sweep my world away
I wanna stop in Carbondale and keep on going
That Duquesne train gon' rock me night and day
You say I'm a gambler, you say i'm a pimp
But i ain't neither one
Listen to that Duquesne whistle blowing
Sounding like it's on a final run

Listen to that Duquesne whistle blowing
Blowing like she never blowed before
Blue light blinking, red light glowing
Blowing like she's at my chamber door
You smilin' through the fence at me
Just like you always smiled before
Listen to that Duquesne whistle blowing
Blowing like she ain't gon' blow no more

Can't you hear that Duquesne whistle blowing?
Blowing like the sky's gonna blow apart
You're the only thing alive that keeps me going
You're like a time bomb in my heart
I can hear a sweet voice steadily calling
Must be the mother of our Lord
Listen to that Duquesne whistle blowing
Blowing like my woman's on board

Listen to that Duquesne whistle blowing
Blowing like it's gon' blow my blues away
You old rascal, I know exactly where you're going
I'll lead you there myself at the break of day
I wake up every morning with that woman in my bed
Everybody telling me she's gone to my head
Listen to that Duquesne whistle blowing
Blowing like it's gon' kill me dead

Can't you hear that Duquesne whistle blowing?
Blowing through another no good town
The lights on my lady's land are glowing
I wonder if they'll know me next time 'round
I wonder if that old oak tree's still standing
That old oak tree, the one we used to climb
Listen to that Duquesne whistle blowing
Blowing like she's blowing right on time

 

2. SOON AFTER MIDNIGHT

I'm searching for phrases
To sing your praises
I need to tell someone
It's soon after midnight
And my day has just begun

A gal named Honey
Took my money
She was passing by
It's soon after midnight
And the moon is in my eye

My heart is cheerful
It's never fearful
I've been down on the killing floors
I'm in no great hurry
I'm not afraid of your fury
I've faced stronger walls than yours

Charlotte's a harlot
Dresses in scarlet
Mary dresses in green
It's soon after midnight
And I've got a date with the fairy queen

They chirp and they chatter
What does it matter?
They lie and dine in their blood
Two-timing slim
Who's every heard of him?
I'll drag his corpse through the mud

It's now or never
More than ever
When I met you I didn't think you do
It's soon after midnight
And I don't want nobody but you

3. NARROW WAY

I'm gonna walk across the desert 'til I'm in my right mind.
I won't even think about what I left behind
Nothing back there anyway I can call my own
Go back home, leave me alone
It's a long road, it's a long and narrow way
If I can't work up to you, you'll surely have to work down to me someday.

Ever since the British burned the White House down
There's a bleeding wound in the heart of town
I saw you drinking from an empty cup
I saw you buried, and I saw you dug up
It's a long road, it's a long and narrow way
If I can't work up to you, you'll surely have to work down to me someday.

Look down angel from the skies
Help my weary soul to rise
I kissed your cheek, I dragged your plow
You broke my heart, I was your friend 'til now.
It's a long road, it's a long and narrow way
If I can't work up to you, you'll surely have to work down to me someday.

In the courtyard of the golden sun
You stand and fight, or you break and run
You went and lost your lovely head
For a drink of wine and a crust of bread
It's a long road, it's a long and narrow way
If I can't work up to you, you'll surely have to work down to me someday.

We looted and we plundered on distant shores
Why is my share not equal to yours?
Your father left you, your mother too
Even death has washed its hands of you
It's a long road, it's a long and narrow way
If I can't work up to you, you'll surely have to work down to me someday.

This is hard country to stay alive in
Blades are everywhere, and they're breaking my skin
I'm armed to the hilt, and I'm struggling hard
You won't get out of here unscarred
It's a long road, it's a long and narrow way
If I cant work up to you, you'll surely have to work down to me someday.

You got too many lovers waiting at the wall
If I had a thousand tongues, I couldn't count them all
Yesterday, I could've thrown them all in the sea
Today, even one may be too much for me
It's a long road, it's a long and narrow way
If I can't work up to you, you'll surely have to work down to me someday.

Cakewalking baby, you could do no wrong
Put your arms around me, where they belong
I won't take you on a roller coaster ride
Lay my hands all over ya, tie you to my side
It's a long road, it's a long and narrow way
If I can't work up to you, you'll surely have to work down to me someday.

I've got a heavy stacked woman with a smile on her face
And she has crowned my soul with grace
I'm still hurting from an arrow that pierced my chest
I'm gonna have to take my head and bury it between your breasts
It's a long road, it's a long and narrow way
If I can't work up to you, you'll surely have to work down to me someday.

Been dark all night, but now it's dawn
The moving finger is moving on
You can guard me while I sleep
Kiss away the tears I weep
It's a long road, it's a long and narrow way
If I can't work up to you, you'll surely have to work down to me someday.

I love women, and she loves men
We've been to the West, and we're going back again
I heard a voice at the dusk of day
Saying, "Be gentle brother, be gentle and pray."
It's a long road, it's a long and narrow way
If I can't work up to you, you'll surely have to work down to me someday.

4. LONG AND WASTED YEARS

It's been such a long long time
Since we loved each other and our hearts were true
One time, for one brief day, I was the man for you
Last night I heard you talkin in your sleep
Saying things you shouldn't say, oh baby
You just may have to go to jail someday
Is there a place we can go, is there anybody we can see?

Maybe it's the same for you as it is for me
I ain't seen my family in twenty years
That ain't easy to understand, they may be dead by now
I lost track of em after they lost their land
Shake it up baby, twist and shout
You know what it's all about
What are you doing out there in the sun anyway?
Don't you know, the sun can burn your brains right out
My enemy crashed into the dust

Stopped dead in his tracks and he lost his lust
He was run down hard and he broke apart
He died in shame, he had an iron heart
I wear dark glasses to cover my eyes
There are secrets in em that I can't disguise
Come back baby
If I hurt your feelings, I apologize
Two trains running side by side, forty miles wide
Down the eastern line
You don't have to go, I just came to you because you're a friend of mine
I think that when my back was turned
The whole world behind me burned

It's been a while
Since we walked down that long, long aisle
We cried on a cold and frosty morn
We cried because our souls were torn
So much for tears
So much for these long and wasted year



5. PAY IN BLOOD

Well Iím grinding my life out, steady and sure
Nothing more wretched than what I must endure
Iím drenched in the light that shines from the sun
I could stone you to death for the wrongs that you done
Sooner or later you make a mistake,
Iíll put you in a chain that you never will break
Legs and arms and body and bone
I pay in blood, but not my own.

Night after night, Day after day
They strip your useless hopes away
The more I take the more I give
The more I die the more I live
I got something in my pocket make your eyeballs swim
I got dogs could tear you limb from limb
Iím circliní around the Southern Zone
I pay in blood, but not my own.

Low cards are what Iíve got
But Iíll play this hand whether I like it or not
Iím sworn to uphold the laws of God
You could put me out in front of a firing squad
Iíve been out and around with the rising men
Just like you my handsome friend
My headís so hard, must be made of stone
I pay in blood, but not my own.

Another politician pumping out the piss
another angry beggar blowing you a kiss
you got the same eyes that your mother does
if only you could prove who your father was
someone must of slipped a drug in yer wine
you gulped it down and you cross the line
man canít live by bread alone
I pay in blood, but not my own.

How I made it back home, nobody knows
or how I survived so many blows
Iíve been thru Hell, What good did it do?
You bastard!!! Iím suppose to respect you!!
Iíll give you justice, Iíll fattem your purse
Show me your moral that you reversed
Hear me holler and hear me moan
I pay in blood but not my own.

You get your lover in the bed
Come here Iíll break your lousy head
Our nation must be saved and freed
Youíve been accused of murder, how do you plead?
This is how I spend my days
I came to bury, not to raise
Iíll drink my fill and sleep alone
I play in blood, but not my own.

6. SCARLET TOWN

In Scarlet Town, where I was born
There's ivy leaf and silver thorn
The streets have names that you can't pronounce
Gold is down to a quarter of an ounce
The music starts and the people sway
Everybody says, "Are you going my way?"
Uncle Tom still workin' for Uncle Bill
Scarlet Town is under the hill.

Scarlet Town in the month of May
Sweet William Holme on his deathbed lay
Mistress Mary by the side of the bed
Kissin' his face and puttin' prayers on his head
So brave and true, so gentle is he
I'll weep for him as he would weep for me
Little Boy Blue come your blow horn
In Scarlet Town, where I was born.

Scarlet Town, in the hot noon hours,
There's palm-leaf shadows and scattered flowers
Beggars crouching at the gate
Help comes, but it comes too late
By marble slabs and in fields of stone
You make your humble wishes known
I touched the garment, but the hem was torn
In Scarlet Town, where I was born.

In Scarlet Town, the end is near
The Seven Wonders of the World are here
The evil and the good livin' side by side
All human forms seem glorified
Put your heart on a platter and see who will bite
See who will hold you and kiss you good night
There's walnut groves and maplewood
In Scarlet Town cryin' won't do no good.

In Scarlet Town, you fight your father's foes
Up on the hill, a chilly wind blows
You fight 'em on high and you fight 'em down in
You fight 'em with whiskey, morphine and gin
You've got legs that can drive men mad
A lot of things we didn't do that I wish we had
In Scarlet Town, the sky is clear
You'll wish to God that you stayed right here.

Set 'em Joe, play "Walkin' the Floor"
Play it for my flat-chested junkie whore
I'm staying up late, I'm making amends
While we smile, all heaven descends
If love is a sin, then beauty is a crime
All things are beautiful in their time
The black and the white, the yellow and the brown
It's all right there in front of you in Scarlet Town.

7. EARLY ROMAN KINGS

All the early Roman kings
In their sharkskin suits
Bow ties and buttons
High top boots
Driviní the spikes in
Blaziní the rails
Nailed in their coffins
In top hats and tails
Fly away over
Fly away, flap your wings
Fly by night
Like the early Roman kings

All the early roman kings
In the early early morn
Coming down the mountain
Distributing the corn
Speeding through the forest
Racing down the track
You try to get away
They drag you back
Tomorrow is friday
Weíll see what it brings
Everybodyís talking
Bout the early roman kings

Theyíre peddlers and theyíre meddlers
They buy and they sell
They destroyed your city
Theyíll destroy you as well
Theyíre lecherous and treacherous
A-Hell bent for leather
Each of Ďem bigger
than all of them put together
Sluggers and muggers
Wearing fancy gold rings
All the women goiní crazy
For the early Roman kings

I can dress up your wounds
With a blood-clotted rag
I ain't afraid to make love
To a bitch or a hag
If you see me cominí
And youíre standing there
Wave your handkerchief
In the air
I ainít dead yet
My bell still rings
I keep my fingers crossed
Like them early roman kings

I can strip you of life
Strip you of breath
Ship you down
To the house of death
One day
You will ask for me
Thereíll be no one else
That youíll wanna see
Bring down my fiddle
Tune up my strings
Iím gonna break it wide open
Like the early roman kings

I was up on black mountain
The day Detroit fell
They killed Ďem all off
And they sent Ďem to hell
Ding dong daddy
Youíre coming up short
Gonna put you on trail
In a sicilian court
Iíve had my fun
Iíve had my flings
Gonna shake em all down
Like the early roman kings

8. TIN ANGEL

it was late last night when the boss came home
to wander early his mansion and a desolate throne
servant said boss the ladies gone
she left this morning just before dawn

you got something to tell me, tell it to me man
come to the point as straight as you can
old Henry Lee chief of the clan
came riding through the woods and took her by the hand

the boss he lay back flat on his bed
he cursed the heat and he clutched his head
he pondered the future of his fate
to wait another day would be far too late

go fetch me my coat and my tie
and the cheapest labour that money can buy
saddle me up my buckskin mare
if you see me go by put up a prayer

well they rode all night and they rode all day
eastward long on the broad highway
his spirit was tired and his vision was bent
his men deserted him and onward he went

he came to a place where the land was dull
his poor head pounding in his skull
heavy heart was racked with pain
insomnia raging in his brain

well he threw down his helmet and his cross handle sword
he renounced his faith he denied his lord
crawled on his belly put his ear to the wall
one way or another put an end to it all

he leaned down cut the electric wire
stared into the flames and he snorted the fire
peered through the darkness caught a glimpse of the two
hard to tell for certain who was who

he lowered himself down on a golden chain
his nerves were quickening every vein
his knuckles were bloody he sucked in the air
he ran his fingers through his greasy hair

they looked at each other and their glasses clinked
one single unit inseparably linked
got a strange premonition there's a man close by
don't worry about him he wouldn't harm a fly

from behind the curtain the boss crossed the floor
he moved his feet and he bolted the door
shadows hiding the lines in his face
with all the nobility of an ancient race

she turned she was startled by a look of surprise
with the hatred that could hit the skies
you're a reckless fool i could see it in your eyes
to come this way was by no means wise

get up stand up you greedy lipped wench
and cover your face with some other consequence
you are making my heart feel sick
put your clothes on double quick

sill boy you think me a saint
to listen no more to your words of complaint
you've given me nothing but the sweetest lies
now hold your tongue and feed your eyes

id have given you the stars and the planets too
what good are these things to you
by the heart if not the knee
or never again this world you see

oh please let not your heart be cold
this man is dearer to me than gold
oh my dear you must be blind
he's a gutless ape with a worthless mind

you've had your way too long with me
now its me who will determine how things will be
tried to escape he cussed and cursed
you'll have to try get passed me first

i dared not let your passion rule
you think my heart the heart of a fool
and you sir you can not deny
you made a monkey of me for what and for why

ill have no more of this insulting chat
the devil can have you i'll see to that
look sharp or step aside
or in the cradle you'll wish you died

the gun went boom and the shot rang clear
the first bullet grazed his ear
second ball went right straight in
and he bent in the middle like a twisted bin

he crawled to the corner and he lowered his head
He grabbed the chair and he grabbed the bed
it would take more than needle and thread
bleeding from the mouth he's as good as dead

you shot my husband down you fiend
husband what, husband what the hell do you mean
he was man of strife a man of sin
i cut him down and i throw him to the wind

hear this she said with angry breath
you too shall meet the lord of death
it was i who brought your soul to life
and she raised her robe and she drew out a knife

his face was hard and caked with sweat
his arms ached and his hands were wet
you're a murderous woman and bloody wife
if you dont mind ill have the knife

we're two of a kind and our blood runs hot
but we're no way similar in body or thought
all husbands are good men is all i knew
then she pierced him to the heart and his blood did flow

his knees went limp and he reached for the door
his doom was sealed he slipped to the floor
he whispered in her ear this is all your fault
my fighting days have come to a halt

she touched his lips and kissed his cheek
he tried to speak but his breath was weak
you die for me i will die for you
she put the blade to her heart and she ran it though

all three lovers together in a heap
thrown into the grave forever to sleep
funeral torches blazed away
through the towns and the villages all night and all day


9. TEMPEST

The pale moon rose in its glory
Out o'er the western town
She told a sad, sad story
Of the great ship that went down

Tíwas the fourteenth day of April
Over the way she rolled
Sailing into tomorrow
To a golden age foretold

The night was bright with starlight
The seas were sharp and clear
Moving through the shadows
The promised hour was near

Lights were holding steady
Gliding over the foam
All the lords and ladies
Heading for their eternal home

The chandeliers were swaying
From the balustrades above
The orchestra was playing
The songs of faded love

The watchman, he lay dreaming
As the ballroom dancers twirled
He dreamed the Titanic was sinking
Into the underworld

Leo took his sketchbook
He was often so inclined
He closed his eyes and painted
The scenery in his mind

Cupid struck his bosom
And broke it with a snap
The closest woman to him
He fell into her lap

He heard a loud commotion
Something sounded wrong
His inner spirit was saying
That he couldn't stand here long

He staggered to the quarterdeck
No time now to sleep
Water on the quarterdeck
Already three foot deep

Smokestack was leaning sideways
Heavy feet began to pound
He walked into the whirlwind
The sky splitting all around

The ship was going under
The universe had opened wide
The roll was called up yonder
The angels turned aside

Lights down in the hallway
Flickering dim and dull
Dead bodies already floating
In the double bottom hull

The engines then exploded
Propellers they failed to start
The boilers overloaded
The ship's bow split apart

Passengers were flying
Backward, forward, far and fast
They mumbled, fumbled, and tumbled
Each one more weary than the last

The veil was torn asunder
'Tween the hours of twelve and one
No change, no sudden wonder
Could undo what had been done

The watchman lay there dreaming
At forty-five degrees
He dreamed the Titanic was sinking
Dropping to her knees

Wellington he was sleeping
His bed began to slide
His valiant heart was beating
He pushed the tables aside

Glass of shattered crystal
Lay scattered roundabout
He strapped on both his pistols
How long could he hold out?

His men and his companions
Were nowhere to be seen
In silence there he waited for
Time and space to intervene

The passageway was narrow
There was blackness in the air
He saw every kind of sorrow
Heard voices everywhere

Alarm bells were ringing
To hold back the swelling tide
Friends and lovers clinging
To each other side by side

Mothers and their daughters
Descending down the stairs
Jumped into the icy waters
Love and pity sent their prayers

The rich man, Mister Astor
Kissed his darling wife
He had no way of knowing
[It'd] be the last trip of his life

Calvin, Blake, and Wilson
Gambled in the dark
Not one of them would ever live to
Tell the tale of the disembark

Brother rose up against brother
In every circumstance
They fought and slaughtered each other
In a deadly dance.

They lowered down the lifeboats
From the sinking wreck
There were traitors, there were turncoats
Broken backs and broken necks

The bishop left his cabin
To help all those in need
Turned his eyes up to the heavens
Said: "the poor are yours to feed"

Davey the brothel-keeper
Came out, dismissed his girls
Saw the water getting deeper
Saw the changing of his world

Jim Dandy smiled
He'd never learned to swim
Saw the little crippled child
And he gave his seat to him

He saw the starlight shining
Streaming from the east
Death was on the rampage
But his heart was now at peace

They battened down the hatches
But the hatches wouldn't hold
They drowned upon the staircase
Of brass and polished gold

Leo said to Cleo:
"I think I'm going mad"
But he'd lost his mind already
Whatever mind he'd had

He tried to block the doorway
To save all those from harm
Blood from that open wound
Pouring down his arm.

Petals fell from flowers
'Til all of them were gone
In the long and dreadful hours
The wizard's curse played on

The host was pouring brandy
He was going down slow
He stayed right 'til the end, he
Was the last to go

There were many, many others
Nameless here forevermore
They never sailed the ocean
Or left their homes before

The watchman he lay dreaming
The damage had been done
He dreamed the Titanic was sinking
And he tried to tell someone

The Captain, barely breathing
Kneeling at the wheel
Above him and beneath him
Fifty thousand tons of steel

He looked over at his compass
And he gazed into its face
Needle pointing downward
He knew he'd lost the race

In the dark illumination
He remembered bygone years
He read the Book of Revelation
And he filled his cup with tears

When the Reaper's task had ended
Sixteen hundred had gone to rest
The good, the bad, the rich, the poor
The loveliest and the best

They waited at the landing
And they tried to understand
But there is no understanding
For the judgement of God's hand

News came o'er the wires
And struck with deadly force
Love had lost its fires
All things had run their course

The watchman he lay dreaming
Of all things that can be
He dreamed the Titanic was sinking
Into the deep blue sea


10. ROLL ON, JOHN

Doctor, doctor tell me the time of day
Another bottleís empty
Another penny spent
He turned around And he slowly walked away
They shot him in the back and down he went
Shine your light, move it on
You burned so bright,
Roll on, John

From the Liverpool docks To the red-light Hamburg streets
Down in the quarry with the Quarrymen
Playing to the big crowds
Playing to the cheap seats
Another day in the life
On your way to the journeyís end
Shine your light, move it on
You burned so bright,
Roll on, John

Sailing through the trade-winds
Bound for the south
Rags on your back just like any another slave
They tied your hands
And they clamped your mouth
Wasnít no way out of that deep dark cave
Shine your light, move it on
You burned so bright,
Roll on, John

I heard the news today, oh boy
They hauled your ship up on the shore
Now the cityís gone dark. There is no more joy
They tore the heart right out And cut it through the core
Shine your light, move it on
You burned so bright,
Roll on, John

Put on your bags And get íem packed
Leave right now You wonít be far from home
The sooner you go
The quicker youíll be back
You been cooped up on that island far too long
Shine your light, move it on
You burned so bright,
Roll on, John

Slow down, Youíre moving way too fast
Come together right now Over me
Your bones are weary Youír about to breath your last
Lord, you know how hard that it can be
Shine your light, move it on
You burned so bright,
Roll on, John

Roll on, John
Roll through the rain and snow
Take the right-hand road And go where the buffalos go
Theyíll trap you in an ambush Before you know
Too late now to say I might fall
Shine your light, move it on
You burned so bright,
Roll on, John

Tiger, tiger burning bright
I pray the Lord my soul to keep
In that forest of the night
cover him over and let him sleep
Shine your light, move it on
You burned so bright,
Roll on, John