HIGHWATER (FOR CHARLEY PATTON) by Bob Dylan Released on "Love And Theft"

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by Bob Dylan  Released on "Love And Theft"





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High water rising, rising night and day


All the gold and silver are being stolen away


Big Joe Turner looking east and west from the dark room of his mind


He made it to Kansas City, Twelfth Street and Vine

F5      F#5      G

Nothing standing there

     F5    F#5  G

High water everywhere


High water rising, the shacks are sliding down

Folks lose their possessions and folks are leaving town

Bertha Mae she shook it, broke it, and she hung it on the wall

Say: "You dancin' with whom they tell you to, or you don't dance at all"

It's tough out there

High water everywhere


I got a craving love for blazing speed, got a hopped up Mustang Ford

Jump into the wagon, Love, throw your panties [prentice?] overboard

I can write you poems, make a strong man lose his mind

I'm no pig without a wig I hope you treat me kind

Things are breaking up out there

High water everywhere


High water rising, six inches 'bove my head

Coffins dropping in the street, like balloons made out of lead

Water poured into Vicksburg, don't know what I'm gonna do

"Don't reach out for me," she said, "Can't you see I'm drowning too"

It's rough out there

High water everywhere


Well, George Lewes told the Englishman, the Italian and the Jew,

"You can't open up your mind, boys, to any conceivable point of view,

They got Charles Darwin trapped out there on Highway 5"

Judge says to the High Sheriff, "I want him dead or alive,

Either one, I don't care"

High water everywhere


Well, the cuckoo is a pretty bird, she warbles as she flies

I'm preaching the word of God, I'm putting out your eyes

I asked fat Nancy for something t' eat, she said, "Take it off the shelf

As great as you are, man, you'll never be greater than yourself."

I told her I didn't really care

High water everywhere


I'm gettin' up in the morning, I believe I'll dust my broom

Keeping away from the women, I'm giving them lots of room

Thunder rollin' over Clarksdale, everything a-lookin' blue

I just can't be happy, love, unless you're happy too

It's bad out there

High water everywhere.


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