My Own Version Of You

Album: Rough And Rowdy Ways (2020)
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  • All through the summers and into January
    I've been visiting morgues and monasteries
    Looking for the necessary body parts
    Limbs and livers and brains and hearts

    I want to bring someone to life - is what I want to do
    I want to create my own version of you

    It must be the winter of my discontent
    I wish you'd taken me with you wherever you went
    They talk all night - they talk all day
    Not for a second do I believe what they say

    I want to bring someone to life - someone I've never seen
    You know what I mean - you know exactly what I mean

    I'll take Scarface Pacino and the Godfather Brando
    Mix 'em up in a tank and get a robot commando
    If I do it upright and put the head on straight
    I'll be saved by the creature that I create
    I get blood from a cactus - make gunpowder from ice
    I don't gamble with cards and I don't shoot no dice
    Can you look in my face with your sightless eye
    Can you cross your heart and hope to die

    I'll bring someone to life - someone for real
    Someone who feels the way that I feel

    I study Sanskrit and Arabic to improve my mind
    I want to do things for the benefit of all mankind
    I say to the willow tree - don't weep for me
    I'm saying the hell with all things that used to be
    I get into trouble and I hit the wall
    No place to turn - no place at all
    I pick a number between one and two
    And I ask myself what would Julius Caesar do

    I'll bring someone to life - in more ways than one
    Don't matter how long it takes - it'll be done when it's done

    I'm gonna make you play the piano like Leon Russell
    Like Liberace - like St. John the Apostle
    Play every number that I can play
    I'll see you baby on Judgement Day
    After midnight if you still want to meet
    I'll be at the Black Horse Tavern on Armageddon Street
    Two doors down not that far to walk
    I'll hear your footsteps - you won't have to knock

    I'll bring someone to life - balance the scales
    I'm not gonna get involved in any insignificant details

    You can bring it to St. Peter - you can bring it to Jerome
    You can move it on over - bring it all the way home
    Bring it to the corner where the children play
    You can bring it to me on a silver tray

    I'll bring someone to life - spare no expense
    Do it with decency and common sense

    Can you tell me what it means to be or not to be
    You won't get away with fooling me
    Can you help me walk that moonlight mile
    Can you give me the blessings of your smile

    I want to bring someone to life - use all my powers
    Do it in the dark in the wee small hours

    I can see the history of the whole human race
    It's all right there - its carved into your face
    Should I break it all down - should I fall on my knees
    Is there light at the end of the tunnel - can you tell me please
    Stand over there by the Cypress tree
    Where the Trojan women and children were sold into slavery
    Long ago before the First Crusade
    Way back before England or America were made
    Step right into the burning hell
    Where some of the best known enemies of mankind dwell
    Mister Freud with his dreams and Mister Marx with his axe
    See the raw hide lash rip the skin off their backs
    You got the right spirit - you can feel it you can hear it
    You got what they call the immortal spirit
    You can feel it all night you can feel it in the morn
    Creeps into your body the day you are born
    One strike of lightning is all that I need
    And a blast of 'lectricity that runs at top speed
    Show me your ribs - I'll stick in the knife
    I'm gonna jump start my creation to life

    I want to bring someone to life - turn back the years
    Do it with laughter - do it with tears Writer/s: Bob Dylan
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

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