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When yer head gets twisted and yer mind grows numb

When you think you`re too old, too young, too smart or too dumb

When yer laggin` behind an` losin` yer pace

In a slow-motion crawl of life`s busy race

No matter what yer doing if you start givin` up

If the wine don`t come to the top of yer cup

If the wind`s got you sideways with with one hand holdin` on

And the other starts slipping and the feeling is gone

And yer train engine fire needs a new spark to catch it

And the wood`s easy findin` but yer lazy to fetch it

And yer sidewalk starts curlin` and the street gets too long

And you start walkin` backwards though you know its wrong

And lonesome comes up as down goes the day

And tomorrow`s mornin` seems so far away

And you feel the reins from yer pony are slippin`

And yer rope is a-slidin` `cause yer hands are a-drippin`

And yer sun-decked desert and evergreen valleys

Turn to broken down slums and trash-can alleys

And yer sky cries water and yer drain pipe`s a-pourin`

And the lightnin`s a-flashing and the thunder`s a-crashin`

And the windows are rattlin` and breakin` and the roof tops a-shakin`

And yer whole world`s a-slammin` and bangin`

And yer minutes of sun turn to hours of storm

And to yourself you sometimes say

"I never knew it was gonna be this way

Why didn`t they tell me the day I was born"

And you start gettin` chills and yer jumping from sweat

And you`re lookin` for somethin` you ain`t quite found yet

And yer knee-deep in the dark water with yer hands in the air

And the whole world`s a-watchin` with a window peek stare

And yer good gal leaves and she`s long gone a-flying

And yer heart feels sick like fish when they`re fryin`

And yer jackhammer falls from yer hand to yer feet

And you need it badly but it lays on the street

And yer bell`s bangin` loudly but you can`t hear its beat

And you think yer ears might a been hurt

Or yer eyes`ve turned filthy from the sight-blindin` dirt

And you figured you failed in yesterdays rush

When you were faked out an` fooled white facing a four flush

And all the time you were holdin` three queens

And it`s makin you mad, it`s makin` you mean

Like in the middle of Life magazine

Bouncin` around a pinball machine

And there`s something on yer mind you wanna be saying

That somebody someplace oughta be hearin`

But it`s trapped on yer tongue and sealed in yer head

And it bothers you badly when your layin` in bed

And no matter how you try you just can`t say it

And yer scared to yer soul you just might forget it

And yer eyes get swimmy from the tears in yer head

And yer pillows of feathers turn to blankets of lead

And the lion`s mouth opens and yer staring at his teeth

And his jaws start closin with you underneath

And yer flat on your belly with yer hands tied behind

And you wish you`d never taken that last detour sign

And you say to yourself just what am I doin`

On this road I`m walkin`, on this trail I`m turnin`

On this curve I`m hanging

On this pathway I`m strolling, in the space I`m taking

In this air I`m inhaling

Am I mixed up too much, am I mixed up too hard

Why am I walking, where am I running

What am I saying, what am I knowing

On this guitar I`m playing, on this banjo I`m frailin`

On this mandolin I`m strummin`, in the song I`m singin`

In the tune I`m hummin`, in the words I`m writin`

In the words that I`m thinkin`

In this ocean of hours I`m all the time drinkin`

Who am I helping, what am I breaking

What am I giving, what am I taking

But you try with your whole soul best

Never to think these thoughts and never to let

Them kind of thoughts gain ground

Or make yer heart pound

But then again you know why they`re around

Just waiting for a chance to slip and drop down

"Cause sometimes you hear`em when the night times comes creeping

And you fear that they might catch you a-sleeping

And you jump from yer bed, from yer last chapter of dreamin`

And you can`t remember for the best of yer thinking

If that was you in the dream that was screaming

And you know that it`s something special you`re needin`

And you know that there`s no drug that`ll do for the healin`

And no liquor in the land to stop yer brain from bleeding

And you need something special

Yeah, you need something special all right

You need a fast flyin` train on a tornado track

To shoot you someplace and shoot you back

You need a cyclone wind on a stream engine howler

That`s been banging and booming and blowing forever

That knows yer troubles a hundred times over

You need a Greyhound bus that don`t bar no race

That won`t laugh at yer looks

Your voice or your face

And by any number of bets in the book

Will be rollin` long after the bubbl

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Release History

The Bob Dylan song "Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie" appears on the following albums:
Bootleg Series, Vols. 1-3: Rare & Unreleased, 1961-1991
0000-00-00

Bootleg Series, Vols. 1-3: Rare & Unreleased, 1961-1991

  1. Angelina (6:57)
  2. Blind Willie McTell (5:53)
  3. Call Letter Blues (4:27)
  4. Catfish (2:48)
  5. Eternal Circle (2:37)
  6. Every Grain of Sand (3:36)
  7. Farewell Angelina (5:25)
  8. Foot of Pride (8:45)
  9. Golden Loom (4:25)
  10. Hard Times in New York Town (1:01)
  11. He Was a Friend of Mine (5:49)
  12. House Carpenter (4:07)
  13. I'll Keep It with Mine (3:37)
  14. I Shall Be Released (3:56)
  15. Idiot Wind (0:22)
  16. If Not for You (2:41)
  17. If You Gotta Go, Go Now (2:56)
  18. If You See Her, Say Hello (4:48)
  19. It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (3:23)
  20. Kingsport Town (3:27)
  21. Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie (8:12)
  22. Let Me Die in My Footsteps (6:31)
  23. Like a Rolling Stone (6:54)
  24. Lord Protect My Child (3:56)
  25. Mama, You Been on My Mind (2:55)
  26. Man on the Street (1:28)
  27. Moonshiner (5:05)
  28. Need a Woman (5:41)
  29. No More Auction Block (3:01)
  30. Nobody 'Cept You (2:39)
  31. Only a Hobo (3:28)
  32. Paths of Victory (3:16)
  33. Quit Your Low Down Ways (2:38)
  34. Rambling, Gambling Willie (4:12)
  35. Santa Fe (2:08)
  36. Series of Dreams (5:51)
  37. Seven Curses (3:46)
  38. Seven Days (3:59)
  39. She's Your Lover Now (6:08)
  40. Sitting on a Barbed-Wire Fence (3:51)
  41. Someone's Got a Hold of My Heart (4:31)
  42. Subterranean Homesick Blues (2:17)
  43. Suze (The Cough Song) (1:56)
  44. Talkin' Hava Negeilah Blues (0:51)
  45. Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues (3:25)
  46. Talking Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues (3:45)
  47. Tangled Up in Blue (6:50)
  48. Tell Me (4:24)
  49. The Times They Are A-Changin' (3:00)
  50. Walkin' Down the Line (2:51)
  51. Wallflower (2:47)
  52. Walls of Red Wing (5:03)
  53. When the Night Comes Falling from the Sky (5:37)
  54. When the Ship Comes In (4:23)
  55. Who Killed Davey Moore (3:07)
  56. Worried Blues (2:37)
  57. Ye Shall Be Changed (4:07)
  58. You Changed My Life (5:12)
In Concert
1997

The Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3
1991

The Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3

  1. When the Ship Comes In (4:23)
  2. Hard Times in New York Town (1:01)
  3. He Was a Friend of Mine (5:49)
  4. Man on the Street (1:28)
  5. No More Auction Block (3:01)
  6. House Carpenter (4:07)
  7. Talking Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues (3:45)
  8. Let Me Die in My Footsteps (6:31)
  9. Rambling, Gambling Willie (4:12)
  10. Talkin' Hava Negeilah Blues (0:51)
  11. Quit Your Low Down Ways (2:38)
  12. Worried Blues (2:37)
  13. Kingsport Town (3:27)
  14. Walkin' Down the Line (2:51)
  15. Walls of Red Wing (5:03)
  16. Paths of Victory (3:16)
  17. Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues (3:25)
  18. Who Killed Davey Moore (3:07)
  19. Only a Hobo (3:28)
  20. Moonshiner (5:05)
  21. Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie (8:12)
  22. Seven Curses (3:46)
  23. Eternal Circle (2:37)
  24. Suze (The Cough Song) (1:56)
  25. Mama, You Been on My Mind (2:55)
  26. Farewell Angelina (5:25)
  27. If You Gotta Go, Go Now (2:56)
  28. Sitting on a Barbed-Wire Fence (3:51)
  29. She's Your Lover Now (6:08)
  30. Santa Fe (2:08)
  31. Wallflower (2:47)
  32. Nobody 'Cept You (2:39)
  33. Call Letter Blues (4:27)
  34. Golden Loom (4:25)
  35. Catfish (2:48)
  36. Seven Days (3:59)
  37. Ye Shall Be Changed (4:07)
  38. You Changed My Life (5:12)
  39. Need a Woman (5:41)
  40. Angelina (6:57)
  41. Someone's Got a Hold of My Heart (4:31)
  42. Tell Me (4:24)
  43. Lord Protect My Child (3:56)
  44. Foot of Pride (8:45)
  45. Blind Willie McTell (5:53)
  46. Series of Dreams (5:51)
  47. If Not for You (2:41)
  48. I'll Keep It with Mine (3:37)
  49. The Times They Are A-Changin' (3:00)
  50. Subterranean Homesick Blues (2:17)
  51. Every Grain of Sand (3:36)
  52. Tangled Up in Blue (6:50)
  53. When the Night Comes Falling from the Sky (5:37)
  54. Idiot Wind (0:22)
  55. If You See Her, Say Hello (4:48)
  56. I Shall Be Released (3:56)
  57. Like a Rolling Stone (6:54)
  58. It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (3:23)
The Bootleg Series Volumes 1 - 3 [Rare & Unreleased] 1961-1991
1991

The Bootleg Series Volumes 1 - 3 [Rare & Unreleased] 1961-1991

  1. Hard Times in New York Town (1:01)
  2. He Was a Friend of Mine (5:49)
  3. Man on the Street (1:28)
  4. No More Auction Block (3:01)
  5. House Carpenter (4:07)
  6. Talkin' Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues (3:43)
  7. Let Me Die in My Footsteps (6:31)
  8. Rambling, Gambling Willie (4:12)
  9. Talkin' Hava Negeilah Blues (0:51)
  10. Quit Your Low Down Ways (2:38)
  11. Worried Blues (2:37)
  12. Kingsport Town (3:27)
  13. Walkin' Down the Line (2:51)
  14. Walls of Red Wing (5:03)
  15. Paths of Victory (3:16)
  16. Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues (3:25)
  17. Who Killed Davey Moore (3:07)
  18. Only a Hobo (3:28)
  19. Moonshiner (5:05)
  20. When the Ship Comes In (4:23)
  21. The Times They Are A-Changin' (3:00)
  22. Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie (8:12)
  23. Disc 2

  24. Seven Curses (3:46)
  25. Eternal Circle (2:37)
  26. Suze (The Cough Song) (1:56)
  27. Mama, You Been on My Mind (2:55)
  28. Farewell Angelina (5:25)
  29. Subterranean Homesick Blues (2:17)
  30. If You Gotta Go, Go Now (Or Else You Got To Stay All Night) (2:54)
  31. Sitting on a Barbed-Wire Fence (3:51)
  32. Like a Rolling Stone (6:54)
  33. It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (3:23)
  34. I'll Keep It with Mine (3:37)
  35. She's Your Lover Now (6:08)
  36. I Shall Be Released (3:56)
  37. Santa Fe (2:08)
  38. If Not for You (2:41)
  39. Wallflower (2:47)
  40. Nobody 'Cept You (2:39)
  41. Tangled Up in Blue (6:50)
  42. Call Letter Blues (4:27)
  43. Idiot Wind (0:22)
  44. Disc 3

  45. If You See Her, Say Hello (4:48)
  46. Golden Loom (4:25)
  47. Catfish (2:48)
  48. Seven Days (3:59)
  49. Ye Shall Be Changed (4:07)
  50. Every Grain of Sand (3:36)
  51. You Changed My Life (5:12)
  52. Need a Woman (5:41)
  53. Angelina (6:57)
  54. Someone's Got a Hold of My Heart (4:31)
  55. Tell Me (4:24)
  56. Lord Protect My Child (3:56)
  57. Foot of Pride (8:45)
  58. Blind Willie McTell (5:53)
  59. When The Night Comes Falling Down From The Sky (5:37)
  60. Series of Dreams (5:51)

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