Spanish Mary – Lyrics by Bob Dylan & Lead Vocals by Rhiannon Giddens

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The New Basement Tapes
Lost On The River
A Music Event 47 Years In The Making
Release Date: November 10, 2014

Produced by T Bone Burnett, Lost On The River was written and performed in creative collaboration by The New Basement Tapes, comprised of Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Jim James (My Morning Jacket) and Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons). The New Basement Tapes and Burnett gathered in Capitol Studios in March to write and create music for a treasure trove of recently discovered lyrics handwritten by Bob Dylan in 1967 during the period that generated the recording of the legendary Basement Tapes.

“Spanish Mary”

There were three sailors, bold and true
With cargo they did carry
They sailed away on the ocean blue
For the love of Spanish MarySo deeply now were they disturbed
No longer could they tarry
Swoon and swerve
For the love of Spanish MaryIn Kingston Town of high degree
The buffoon, the fool, the fairy
All paid the dues and inquired to me
For the love of Spanish Mary

Beggar man, beggar man tell me no lie
Is it a mystery to live or is it a mystery to die?

I seek ye not to ask of you
It was in Kingston Town indeed
It is said they stopped but not for greed
But for the love of Spanish Mary

I remember well, they came one day
The buffoon, the fool, the fairy
They asked of me what could I say
For the love of Spanish Mary

’Tis not of me to talk absurd
No rumour do I carry
No, I’ll not give you one word
But for the love of Spanish Mary

Beggar man, beggar man tell me no lie
Is it a mystery to live or is it a mystery to die?

 

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