Friday, January 22, 2010

brownsville girl - bob dylan - a public service

the song is "brownsville girl"
its by bob dylan
and its on the album entitled "knocked out loaded"

not everyone is a dylan fan
i understand this
hell, i'm not such a big dylan fan myself

but this song, it's something to listen to

oh c'mon
you dont have 4 minutes for me?
if you dont like it after 4 minutes you can shut it off.

i cant describe the melody because, well, you cant really describe a melody in words
but its really good
the backup singers are splendid

and now we get to the lyrics
i will reprint a few of them
if this isnt enough to whet your app petite, you can move along to something funnier and more insightful in bloggland

you know what? forget it
i'm gonna print the whole damned thing
you can read it if you want


Brownsville Girl
Well, there was this movie I seen one time,
About a man riding 'cross the desert and it starred Gregory Peck.
He was shot down by a hungry kid trying to make a name for himself.
The townspeople wanted to crush that kid down and string him up by the neck.
Well, the marshal, now he beat that kid to a bloody pulp
as the dying gunfighter lay in the sun and gasped for his last breath.
Turn him loose, let him go, let him say he outdrew me fair and square,
I want him to feel what it's like to every moment face his death.
Well, I keep seeing this stuff and it just comes a-rolling in
And you know it blows right through me like a ball and chain.
You know I can't believe we've lived so long and are still so far apart.
The memory of you keeps callin' after me like a rollin' train.
I can still see the day that you came to me on the painted desert
In your busted down Ford and your platform heels
I could never figure out why you chose that particular place to meet
Ah, but you were right. It was perfect as I got in behind the wheel.
Well, we drove that car all night into San Anton'
And we slept near the Alamo, your skin was so tender and soft.
Way down in Mexico you went out to find a doctor and you never came back.
I would have gone on after you but I didn't feel like letting my head get blown off.
Well, we're drivin' this car and the sun is comin' up over the Rockies,
Now I know she ain't you but she's here and she's got that dark rhythm in her soul.
But I'm too over the edge and I ain't in the mood anymore to remember the times when I was your only man
And she don't want to remind me. She knows this car would go out of control.
Brownsville girl with your Brownsville curls, teeth like pearls shining like the moon above
Brownsville girl, show me all around the world, Brownsville girl, you're my honey love.
Well, we crossed the panhandle and then we headed towards Amarillo
We pulled up where Henry Porter used to live.
He owned a wreckin' lot outside of town about a mile.
Ruby was in the backyard hanging clothes, she had her red hair tied back.
She saw us come rolling up in a trail of dust.
She said, "Henry ain't here but you can come on in, he'll be back in a little while."
Then she told us how times were tough and about how she was thinkin' of bummin' a ride back to where she started.
But ya know, she changed the subject every time money came up.
She said, "Welcome to the land of the living dead." You could tell she was so broken-hearted.
She said, "Even the swap meets around here are getting pretty corrupt."
"How far are y'all going?" Ruby asked us with a sigh.
"We're going all the way 'til the wheels fall off and burn,
'Til the sun peels the paint and the seat covers fade and the water moccasin dies."
Ruby just smiled and said, "Ah, you know some babies never learn."
Something about that movie though, well I just can't get it out of my head
But I can't remember why I was in it or what part I was supposed to play.
All I remember about it was Gregory Peck and the way people moved
And a lot of them seemed to be lookin' my way.
Brownsville girl with your Brownsville curls, teeth like pearls shining like the moon above
Brownsville girl, show me all around the world, Brownsville girl, you're my honey love.
Well, they were looking for somebody with a pompadour.
I was crossin' the street when shots rang out.
I didn't know whether to duck or to run, so I ran.
"We got him cornered in the churchyard," I heard somebody shout.
Well, you saw my picture in the Corpus Christi Tribune. Underneath it, it said, "A man with no alibi."
You went out on a limb to testify for me, you said I was with you.
Then when I saw you break down in front of the judge and cry real tears,
It was the best acting I saw anybody do.
Now I've always been the kind of person that doesn't like to trespass but sometimes you just find yourself over the line.
Oh if there's an original thought out there, I could use it right now.
You know, I feel pretty good, but that ain't sayin' much. I could feel a whole lot better,
If you were just here by my side to show me how.
Well, I'm standin' in line in the rain to see a movie starring Gregory Peck,
Yeah, but you know it's not the one that I had in mind.
He's got a new one out now, I don't even know what it's about
But I'll see him in anything so I'll stand in line.
Brownsville girl with your Brownsville curls, teeth like pearls shining like the moon above
Brownsville girl, show me all around the world, Brownsville girl, you're my honey love.
You know, it's funny how things never turn out the way you had 'em planned.
The only thing we knew for sure about Henry Porter is that his name wasn't Henry Porter.
And you know there was somethin' about you baby that I liked that was always too good for this world
Just like you always said there was something about me you liked that I left behind in the French Quarter.
Strange how people who suffer together have stronger connections than people who are most content.
I don't have any regrets, they can talk about me plenty when I'm gone.
You always said people don't do what they believe in, they just do what's most convenient, then they repent.
And I always said, "Hang on to me, baby, and let's hope that the roof stays on."
There was a movie I seen one time, I think I sat through it twice.
I don't remember who I was or where I was bound.
All I remember about it was it starred Gregory Peck, he wore a gun and he was shot in the back.
Seems like a long time ago, long before the stars were torn down.
Brownsville girl with your Brownsville curls, teeth like pearls shining like the moon above
Brownsville girl, show me all around the world, Brownsville girl, you're my honey love.


Marla said...

Good choice. I love Bob Dylan. The man is deep.

secret agent woman said...

Would you stick with a song for 4 minutes if you didn't like it? In my book, if you aren't liking a song in the first minute, there are probably better ways to spend the next 3.

I like some Dylan songs. I saw him open for the Grateful Dead, but it was during one of his wasted periods and he could hardly carry a tune.

Tracie said...

Dylan is a poet.

Have a great weekend!

Existential Waitress said...

I agree that Dylan is a poet. I have respect for the man, although admittedy can only take him in small doses. Thanks for posting the lyrics to this song - I enjoyed reading them.

justsomethoughts... said...

marla - thank you.

secret agent - well, if i were asked to do so as a favor, i prolly would. indeed, i have. never seen him i cincert and i dont believe i could sit through it. thats real. but i do like some of his songs. and this is one of them.

tracie - he is. thank you. you too

waitress - thats exactly my feeling. small doses. and only the right songs. but he has some good stuff to say

Monique-aka-Surferwife23 said...

I love Bob Dylan! He always has great lyrics!

Brian Miller said...

i am a fan of certain songs.
love a good story teller.

Captain Dumbass said...

Holy crap, that's a lot of lyrics. I'll have to download that one.

winny123 said...

FYI... This song was co-written with the esteemed playwright and actor, Sam Shepard. Outside of "Desire", one of the rare times Dylan has co-written a song with anybody.

justsomethoughts... said...

monique - he does. sometimes a gets a little sideways.

mr miller - he is a good one

captain - please come back and tell me what you think

winny123 - yep. i did my research after the first time i heard the song. but thank you. and i would love to reciprocate, but alas, your profile is not available.