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Subterranean Homesick Blues (2022 Remake)

Released Today. Sing along kids.

Johnny’s in the basement, mixin’ up the medicine
I’m on the pavement, thinkin’ 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 alleyway, looking for a new friend
The man in the coon-skin cap in a pig pen
Wants 11 dollar bills – you only got 10

Maggie comes fleet foot, face full of black soot
Talkin’ that the heat put plants in the bed, but
Phone’s tapped anyway
Maggie says the 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 tip toes, don’t tie no bows
Better stay away from those that carry around a fire hose
Keep a clean nose, watch the plainclothes
You don’t need a weather man to know which way the wind blows

Oh, get sick, get well, hang around a ink well
Hang bail, hard to tell if anything is gonna sell
Try hard, get barred, get back, ride rail
Get jailed, jump bail, join the Army if you fail
Look out kid, you’re gonna get hit
By losers, cheaters, six-time users
Hanging ’round the theaters
Girl by the whirlpool’s looking for a new fool
Don’t follow leaders, a-watch the parking meters

Oh, 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
20 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 want to be a bum, you better chew gum
The pump don’t work ’cause the vandals took the handles

The Original Music Video (Possibly the first music video ever)

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  • Gordon Scott May 6, 2022, 6:24 PM

    I met a guy today who grew up in Hibbing. Bobby Zimmerman was five years older but he was friends with Bobby’s younger brother. The guy I met was a miner’s kid, and all such wore jeans. Bobby wore real clothes. His folks owned a furniture store.

    He said when he saw Bobby for the first time he ran to his mother to ask about a boy with curly hair. His mother told him Bobby was Jewish and some Jewish men had curly hair. The guy said “we might have been anti-semitic but none of us knew what that was. Jewish was like being from Bemidji.”

    • gwbnyc May 6, 2022, 9:44 PM

      fotos I have seen of Dylan when he was an early teen remind me of a typical “crazy ’bout Elvis rock n’ roller” of the era.

      first video? “soundies”, prior.

  • BroKen May 7, 2022, 4:40 AM

    Personally, I like this inspired silliness:


    • gwbnyc May 7, 2022, 5:25 AM


  • Bill in Tennessee May 7, 2022, 6:13 AM

    Oh my God…. this brought back so many memories… I was a freshman at university when I first heard that, used to hang out with a counter-culture bunch of hippy wannabes and loose young women. Once I figured out how vapid and shallow those folks were, I did something unheard of in those early years of the Vietnam War, I joined the USMC and it was a defining, fate-changing decision. Saw some of the world, was among professional killers, it was exhilarating, learned a LOT of discipline… all of which have served me well over the decades; successful career, dealing with too much love for alcohol (34 years sober now), dealings with my fellow humans…. and more than I can calculate here.

    What I noticed as I listened to this Dylan song, the one that was so “out there, man,” decades ago, is now just a collection of jangle and awful noise. I know… heretic…. but there you have it.

  • James ONeil May 7, 2022, 8:53 AM

    Yep, he defined the day, back in the day.

  • Boat Guy May 7, 2022, 3:29 PM

    Michael Stanley’s version is the only way to enjoy that song

  • Ama (always a reader, never a commenter) May 7, 2022, 9:33 PM

    Do you know that Bob is playing at the Redding Civic on June 7th?