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Bob Dylan — Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands
Album: Blonde On Blonde
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Released: 1966
Length: 11:13
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With your mercury mouth in the missionary times
And your eyes like smoke and your prayers like rhymes
And your silver cross and your voice like chimes
Oh, who do they think could bury you?

With your pockets well-protected at last
And your streetcar visions which you place on the grass
And your flesh like silk and your face like glass
Who could they get to carry you?

Sad-eyed lady of the lowlands
Where the sad-eyed prophet says that no man comes
My warehouse eyes, my Arabian drums
Should I put them by your gate, or sad-eyed lady, should I wait?

With your sheets like metal and your belt like lace
And your deck of cards missing the jack and the ace
And your basement clothes and your hollow face
Who among them did think he could outguess you?

With your silhouette when the sunlight dims
Into your eyes where the moonlight swims
And your matchbook songs and your gypsy hymns
Who among them would try to impress you?

Sad-eyed lady of the lowlands
Where the sad-eyed prophet says that no man comes
My warehouse eyes, my Arabian drums
Should I put them by your gate, or sad-eyed lady, should I wait?

The kings of Tyrus, with their convict list
Are waiting in line for their geranium kiss
And you wouldn't know it would have happened like this
But who among them really wants just to kiss you?

With your childhood flames on your midnight rug
And your Spanish manners and your mother's drugs
And your cowboy mouth and your curfew plugs
Who among them do you think could resist you?

Sad-eyed lady of the lowlands
Where the sad-eyed prophet says that no man comes
My warehouse eyes, my Arabian drums
Should I put them by your gate, or sad-eyed lady, should I wait?

Oh, the farmers and the businessmen, they all did decide
To show you where the dead angels are that they used to hide
But why did they pick you to sympathize with their side?
How could they ever mistake you?

They wished you'd accepted the blame for the farm
But with the sea at your feet and the phony false alarm
And with the child of the hoodlum wrapped up in your arms
How could they ever have persuaded you?

Sad-eyed lady of the lowlands
Where the sad-eyed prophet says that no man's come
My warehouse eyes, my Arabian drums
Should I put them by your gate, or sad-eyed lady, should I wait?

With your sheet metal memory of Cannery Row
And your magazine husband who one day just had to go
And your gentleness now, which you just can't help but show
Who among them do you think would employ you?

Now you stand with your thief, you're on his parole
With your holy medallion in your fingertips now enfold
And your saintlike face and your ghostlike soul
Who among them could ever think he could destroy you?

Sad-eyed lady of the lowlands
Where the sad-eyed prophet says that no man comes
My warehouse eyes, my Arabian drums
Should I put them by your gate, or sad-eyed lady, should I wait?
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Is it just me or does Bob Dylan - for the most part - write rhyming non-sensical drivel...but with pathos and conviction? 

On and on and on...
Most excellent thank you RP.
I like and admire Bob Dylan, but this is something of an ordeal.
Alexa, mute this song.
 adavey wrote:
NOTHING is good about this. The older I get the more I dislike Dylan. 
 
Agreed. This may be an 'epic' song (as Bill puts it), but other epics are just as tiresome as this. I never did rate Dylan as a musician / performer anyway, and yet it gets worse the more I hear.
 mjvander wrote:
please for all that is good and true - MAKE IT STOP
 
But just look at that photo. That hair, that face. C'mon.  
A less played Dylan song, good choice!  How many other musicians have won the Pulitzer (and the Nobel prize and Presidential Medal of Freedom)??  The most recent artist to win the Pulitzer, look it up, should be played on RP (clean version) just to round out the eclectic mix.



please for all that is good and true - MAKE IT STOP
NOTHING is good about this. The older I get the more I dislike Dylan. 
Don't care what you all say O gave it a 9. Love Dylan.
Wow. Gave this an extremely rare 1 and quietly hit PSD where I got a long, tasty blast of SRV's Voodoo Chile. Then much to my surprise came back to the main stream here and guess what... this was still playing. Ouch.
With some artists I really like songs that don't seem to end (The War On Drugs for example) but with Bob Dylan this is simply not the case.

Please make it stop!
muted
sad
sounding
tuneless
poet
awww - love this one!
Just. Can't. Do it.  PSD'd.
I owned Blonde on Blonde soon after it came out and this was a "skip track".Still is.
 xtalman wrote:
Dylan is a great writer, so so singer, but this is neither well written and his singing is pretty bad even for him.
 

 
yup
Asdf
 black321 wrote:
Whether its a good/bad song I'll leave for the critics (i say good, ha), but it was an epic piece, taking up the whole side 4 of a double album in a time when songs usually didn't stray much from the 3 minute formula.

 

...it does go on a bit though!
Bob Dylan makes me feel like I'm drunk because he sings like he's drunk. And what's with the duck face on the album cover? These Dylan songs should be appreciated in an empty room without thousands of people listening.
This guy gets way too much credit for being first.
Maybe his lyrics work as poetry, but the majority of his music is repetetive, simplistic and uninteresting.
No one can argue he isn't inept as a singer.

This song helps me to nap and I don't mean that derogatorily.  Thanks for playing this!


Whether its a good/bad song I'll leave for the critics (i say good, ha), but it was an epic piece, taking up the whole side 4 of a double album in a time when songs usually didn't stray much from the 3 minute formula.

Sorry - have to mute this one.
Wow...  not sure i have ever heard this one any kind of radio before: traditional or stream.

I am a Dylan fan but this is a bit of a reach.  i am sure it is hard for even "tuned in" listeners who get Dylan to enjoy.

That said, more Dylan is Better....  Bumper Stickers should be issued.

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Make it stop... MAKE IT STOP!
Dylan is a great writer, so so singer, but this is neither well written and his singing is pretty bad even for him.