Tell Ol' Bill

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The river whispers in my ear,
a hardly penny to my name.
The heavens never seemed so near.
All of my body glows with flame.
The tempest struggles in the air.
and to myself alone I sing.
It could sink me then and there,
I can hear the echoes ring.
I try to find one smilin' face
to drive the shadows from my head.
I'm stranded in this nameless place,
lyin' restless in a heavy bed.

Tell me straight out if you will.
Why must you torture me within ?
Why must you come down from your high hill,
throw my fate to the clouds and wind ?
Far away in a silent land
secret thoughts are hard to bear
Remember me you'll understand
Emotions we can never share
You trampled on me as you passed,
Left the coldest kiss upon my brow.
All my doubts and fears have gone at last.
I've nothing more to tell you now.

I walked by tranquil lakes and streams
as each new season's dawn awaits
I lay awake at night with troubled dreams
the enemy is at the gate
Beneath the thunder blasted trees
the words are ringin off your tongue
the ground is hard at times like these
stars are cold, the night is young
The rocks are bleak, the trees are bare
iron clouds go floating by
snow flakes falling in my hair
beneath the gray and stony skies.

Evening sun is sinkin' low
the woods are dark the town is too
they'll drag you down, they run the show
ain't no telling what they'll do
Tell Ol' Bill when he comes home
anything is worth a try
tell him that I'm not alone
that the hour has come to do or die
All the world I would defy
let me make it plain as day
I look at you now and I sigh
how could it
be any other way ?


Words and music by Bob Dylan (2005)
Song included in the movie soundtrack "NORTH COUNTRY"

Al Diesan: voice, guitar and keyboard

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