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Bob Dylan Mississippi Lyrics

Last updated: 10/16/2012 02:06:14 PM

Every step of the way, we walk the line
Your days are numbered, so are mine
Time is piling up, we struggle and we scrape
We're all boxed in, nowhere to escape

City's just a jungle, more games to play
Trapped in the heart of it, tryin' to get away
I was raised in the country, I been working in the town
I been in trouble ever since I set my suitcase down

Got nothing for you, I had nothing before
Don't even have anything for myself anymore
Sky full of fire, came pouring down
Nothing you can sell me, I'll see you around

All my powers of expression and thoughts so sublime
Could never do you justice in reason or rhyme
Only one thing I did wrong
Stayed in Mississippi a day too long

Well, the devil's in the alley, mule's in the stall
Say anything you wanna, I have heard it all
I was thinking about the things that Rosie said
I was dreaming I was sleeping in Rosie's bed

Walking through the leaves, falling from the trees
Feeling like a stranger nobody sees
So many things that we never will undo
I know you're sorry, I'm sorry too

Some people will offer you their hand and some won't
Last night I knew you, tonight I don't
I need something strong to distract my mind
I'm gonna look at you 'til my eyes go blind

Well I got here following the southern star
I crossed that river just to be where you are
Only one thing I did wrong
Stayed in Mississippi a day too long

Well my ship's been split to splinters and it's sinking fast
I'm drowning in the poison, got no future, got no past
But my heart is not weary, it's light and it's free
I've got nothing but affection for all those who sailed with me

Everybody's moving, if they ain't already there
Everybody's got to move somewhere
Stick with me baby, stick with me anyhow
Things should start to get interesting right about now

My clothes are wet, tight on my skin
Not as tight as the corner that I painted myself in
I know that fortune is waiting to be kind
So give me your hand and say you'll be mine

Well, the emptiness is endless, cold as the clay
You can always come back, but you can't come back all the way
Only one thing I did wrong
Stayed in Mississippi a day too long.

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context | Reviewer: klaus | 10/16/12

This song is exceptional in so many ways. The first verse sets the stage not only for the rest of the song, but defines it for all human activity. 'We're all boxed in, no where to escape' is an objective and irrebutable observation which we tend to forget.

A masterpiece | Reviewer: DA Cameron | 9/2/12

This song is a masterpiece. Simple in melody carrying the weight of its lyrics.
Dylan sways from antagonist to blind positivity like the ship (referenced
By sailors) he writes of. To me, this represents humanity's will to overcome
And our daily affirmation that all will be ok while still addressing that little
Voice inside that says "we're fucked." I hear him writing from both sides, altering
In each verse. That's just what I hear, and I love this song bc I fill it in
With my own "shit". Im not Bob, so it means something different to me, just
My opinion.

As always, Dylan says it best | Reviewer: Will Dresser | 7/16/12

Sometimes I wonder why I keep writing at all...Dylan can express my own thoughts better than I can! It would be impossible to pick a single song of his that is my "favorite" but this one has a lot of meaning for me at this particular moment. I'm writing to friends of long ago and the one thought that seems to capture my recollections is " heart is not heavy, it's light and it's free / I have nothing but affection for all those who sailed with me." Even the turbulent times have something of value to teach us, if we only open to them.