Bob Dylan – Blind Willie McTell August 24, 1997 – Vienna

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BOB DYLAN Blind Willie McTell August 24, 1997
Filene Center
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
Vienna, VA, USA
August 24, 1997
DVDylan ID #925

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fC8kFDG8XX8&feature=youtu.be

 

LYRICS

Seen the arrow on the doorpost
Saying, “This land is condemned
All the way from New Orleans
To Jerusalem”
I traveled through East Texas
Where many martyrs fell
And I know no one can sing the blues
Like Blind Willie McTell

Well, I heard that hoot owl singing
As they were taking down the tents
The stars above the barren trees
Were his only audience
Them charcoal gypsy maidens
Can strut their feathers well
But nobody can sing the blues
Like Blind Willie McTell

See them big plantations burning
Hear the cracking of the whips
Smell that sweet magnolia blooming
See the ghosts of slavery ships
I can hear them tribes a-moaning
Hear that undertaker’s bell
Nobody can sing the blues
Like Blind Willie McTell

There’s a woman by the river
With some fine young handsome man
He’s dressed up like a squire
Bootlegged whiskey in his hand
There’s a chain gang on the highway
I can hear them rebels yell
And I know no one can sing the blues
Like Blind Willie McTell

Well, God is in His heaven
And we all want what’s his
But power and greed and corruptible seed
Seem to be all that there is
I’m gazing out the window
Of the St. James Hotel
And I know no one can sing the blues
Like Blind Willie McTell

Bob Dylan – Blind Willie McTell Original Version 1983

 

Bob Dylan & Mark Knofler- Blind Willie McTell (Acoustic version)

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