Bob Dylan – Roll On, John (2 Versions)

The song features quotes from several Lennon-penned songs including “Come together right now” from “Come Together” and “I heard news today, oh boy” from “A Day In The Life.”

Bob Dylan – Roll On, John – 1962

Here are the lyrics from the version Bob sang in 1962

Roll, roll, roll on John,
Don’t you roll so slow.
How can I roll when the wheels won’t roll?

I asked that girl, won’t you be my wife?
She fell on her knees, she began to cry.

The more she cried, the worse I felt,
‘Til I thought my heart would melt.

I looked at the sun, was a-sinking low.
I looked at my baby, she was a-walkin’ down the road.
I looked at the sun, was a-turning red.
I looked at my baby, but she bowed her head.

Don’t the sun look lonesome, oh lord lord lord, on the graveyard fence?
Don’t my baby look lonesome, when her head is bent?

Roll on John, don’t you roll so slow.
How can I roll when the wheels won’t roll?

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Roll On John -2012

LYRICS

Doctor, doctor tell me the time of day
Another bottle’s empty, another penny spent
He turned around and he slowly walked away
They shot him in the back and down he went
Shine your light
Movin’ on
You burned so bright
Roll on, John
From the Liverpool docks to the red-light Hamburg streets
Down in the quarry with the Quarry men
Playing to the big crowds, playing to the cheap seats
Another day in the life on your way to your journey’s end
Shine your light
Movin’ on
You burned so bright
Roll on, John
Sailin’ through the trade winds bound for the south
Rags on your back just like any other slave
They tied your hands and they clamped your mouth
Wasn’t no way out of that deep dark cave
Shine your light
Movin’ on
You burned so bright
Roll on, John
I heard

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