Where Are You Tonight? Lyrics - Bob Dylan

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There's a long-distance train rolling through the rain, tears on the letter I write.
There's a woman I long to touch and I'm missing her so much, but she's drifting like a satellite.
There's a neon light ablaze in a green smoky haze, and laughter down on
Elizabeth Street
And a lonesome bell tone in that valley of stone where she bathed in a stream of pure heat.
Her father would emphasize you got to be more than street-wise but he practiced what he preached from the heart.
A full-blooded Cherokee, he predicted to me the time and the place that we'd part.

There's a babe in the arms of a woman in a rage
And a longtime golden-haired stripper onstage
As she winds back the clock and she turns back the page
Of a book that nobody can write.
Oh, where are you tonight?

The truth was obscure, too profound and too pure, to live it you have to explode.
In that last hour of need, we entirely agreed, sacrifice was the code of the road.
I left town at dawn, with Marcel and St. John, strong men belittled by doubt.
I couldn't tell her what my private thoughts were but she had some way of finding them out.
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He took dead-center aim but he missed just the same, she was waiting,
putting flowers on the shelf.
She could feel my despair as I climbed up her hair and discovered her invisible self.

There's a lion in the room, there's a demon escaped,
There's a million dreams gone, there's a landscape being raped,
As her beauty fades and I watch her undrape,
But I won't, but then maybe again, I might.
Oh, if I could just find you tonight.

I fought with my twin, that enemy within, 'til both of us fell by the way.
Horseplay and disease is killing me by degrees while the law looks the other way.
Your partners in crime hit me up for nickels and dimes, the man you were lovin' could never get clean.
It felt outa place, my foot in his face, but he should have stayed where his money was green.
I bit into the root of forbidden fruit with the juice running down my leg.
Then I dealt with your boss, who'd never known about loss, who always was
too proud to beg.
There's a white diamond gloom on the dark side of this room and a pathway that leads up to the stars.
If you don't believe there's a price for this sweet paradise, just remind me to show you the scars.

There's a new day at dawn and I've finally arrived.
If I'm there in the morning, baby, you'll know I've survived.
I can't believe it, I can't believe I'm alive,
But without you it doesn't seem right.
Oh, where are you tonight?

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Accidental Christian. | Reviewer: m j moylett | 8/7/10

Its not surprising that Dylan found the first or second opening into Catholicism delving as he does into the open occult.this song;even if he viewed it himself as some throwaway mid-album filler, is the most important one on the record because it is,eventually one of self-knowing,one of a rdemption of a kind.and this from a man who juggles the alphabet and records what falls to the ground. Whats left in his hands he looks at and wonders at.Amen.

Classic Dylan | Reviewer: Jim | 11/19/09

Actually the album "Slow Train Coming" was Dylans first Christian Album not "Street Legal"

This is another of Dylans songs about a woman and being separated from her.

Unlike for instance "Tangled up in blue" or "Isis he does not meet up again with her"

I think the line about "taking dead center aim" while she was "putting flowers on the shelf" is a vague reference to the song about Jesse James where Robert Ford shoots James while he's straightening a picture.

The rest seems to be sort of a commentary on late 70's decadence and Dylan surviving the 70's.

what is this song about | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/10/09

Street legal was Dylan´s coming out as a born again Christian, something which was confirmed with his next two albums: Saved! and Slow Train Coming. This song is about his search for Jesus and his newfound discovery of Mary, the references are peppered throughout. Regardless of one´s beliefs the intensity of the lyrics is spellbinding as is the continual buildup and cadence of the music which just as in Like A Rolling Stone lacks a chorus (who needs one?). A great song.

be still my heart | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/10/09

the lyrics to this bob dylan song describe the story of my life past and present. ive known about dylan for a very long time, a person close to my heart has talked about for years but i just recently started listening. the song also hits home w another person whom is my heart and soul my stepdad whom i call dad or old man most of time. i learned that he and dylan are close in age and are both born in may, ironically my old man has visited the city or town of duluth mn. he was there for a few years and i laughed when i read what dylan said about the seasons there in duluth mn, my old man told me he arrived in duluth in a cab and asked the cab driver what the weather was like there, the cab driver replied there are two seasons, rain and cold. i plan on learning more about dylan an knw that he an his music will be apart of my life for the rest of my life.

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