Subterranean Homesick Blues Lyrics - Bob Dylan

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Johnny’s in the basement
Mixing up the medicine
I’m on the pavement
Thinking about the government
The man in a trench coat
Badge out, laid off
Says he’s got a bad cough
Wants to get it paid off

Look out kid
It’s somethin’ you did
God knows when
But you’re doin’ it again
You better duck down the alley way
Lookin’ for a new friend
The man in the coon-skin cap
In a pig pen
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Wants eleven dollar bills
You only got ten

Maggie comes fleet foot
Face full of black soot
Talkin’ that the heat put
Plants in the bed but
The phone’s tapped anyway
Maggie says that many say
They must bust in early May
Orders from the D.A.

Look out kid
Don’t matter what you did
Walk on your tiptoes
Don’t tie no bows
Better stay away from those
That carry around a fire hose
Keep a clean nose
Watch the plain clothes
You don’t need a weatherman
To know which way the wind blows

Get sick, get well
Hang around a ink well
Ring bell, hard to tell
If anything is goin’ to sell
Try hard, get barred
Get back, write braille
Get jailed, jump bail
Join the army, if you fail

Look out kid
You’re gonna get hit
But loosers, cheaters
Six-time users
Hang around the theaters
Girl by the whirlpool
Lookin’ for a new fool
Don’t follow leaders
Watch the parkin’ meters

Ah get born, keep warm
Short pants, romance, learn to dance
Get dressed, get blessed
Try to be a success
Please her, please him, buy gifts
Don’t steal, don’t lift
Twenty years of schoolin’
And they put you on the day shift

Look out kid
They keep it all hid
Better jump down a manhole
Light yourself a candle
Don’t wear sandals
Try to avoid the scandals
Don’t wanna be a bum
You better chew gum
The pump don’t work
’Cause the vandals took the handles



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Dead babies and dead baby boomers | Reviewer: sim | 10/6/11

this song happens in my room every 5 seconds- "we" the ones with souls not the "wee young and strong " and "it's mybody my work"- as if bob dylan didn't put a finger on sheet of paper in his life- "don't want be a bum -you are chewing gum- the akira blob thing "666 " 616 go ahead send your clarvoyants you retardfaust's writing the girl with the pearl earing and memoirs of as geisha and the the secrewt last 10 days of tolstoy that s totally dan brown and bye bye illuminati- you raped Agnes- not heratic agnes- moron- intrestedin ghost? - I have them all- it's a challenge asshole



babies booming and channeling christians | Reviewer: sim | 10/6/11

this song happens in my room every 5 seconds- "we" the ones with souls not the "wee young and strong " and "it's mybody my work"- as if bob dylan didn't put a finger on sheet of paper in his life- "don't want be a bum -you are chewing gum- the akira blob thing "666 " 616 go ahead send your clarvoyants you retard- all of you heroic "faust's" are writing the girl with the pearl earing and memoirs of as geisha and the the secrewt last 10 days of tolstoy that is totally dan brown and bye bye illuminati- you raped Agnes- not heratic agnes- moron- intrested in ghosts? - I have them all- it's a challenge asshole- want to channel again into a christian try calling satan you shit eater



Oh my sweet Bobby D | Reviewer: Shannan | 2/25/10

This song is so amazing! It's the ideal song for every generation because it speaks the truth! Bob Dylan is a genius! It must be a trip to be him, his mind comes up with the best songs!!!
Ive been a avid dylan fan for years now and his music still surprises me! It's fascinating how his career has spanned over 40 years and he has written some of the greatest Songs known to man!!!!
Love you Bobby D



Absolutely Stunning | Reviewer: Mike | 12/16/08

Bob Dylan is simply extraordinary. There is no better word for what he's able to do with words. I'm 14 and Bob Dylan is probably one of my favorite artists of all time. This song and John Lennon's "Working Class Hero" are probably my favorite "fuck the government" songs of all time.



this is the first rap song in those days.... | Reviewer: Mandy | 10/6/07

dylan is the best!
this song is talking about some of the issues during the civil rights movement. the line " better stay away from those who carry around a fire hose" makes you think back at what it was like for protesters.
The video is amazing and allen ginsberg in in the background if you have seen it.
im a big fan of bob dylan and i play all of his songs with the harmonica!
im only 16 and i have discoverd the best songwriter in history. Dylan has inspired me to write more poems now than what i used to before. I thank him for that.




the ultimate protest song | Reviewer: ste gregory | 8/9/07

everyone knows this song its the song that introduces dylan newbies to the greatest song writer of all time written and sung with pure with and talent



the ultimate protest song | Reviewer: ste gregory | 8/9/07

everyone knows this song its the song that introduces dylan newbies to the greatest song writer of all time written and sung with pure wit and talent





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