Song For Bob Dylan

Album: Hunky Dory (1971)
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  • Oh, hear this Robert Zimmerman
    I wrote a song for you
    About a strange young man called Dylan
    With a voice like sand and glue
    Some words had truthful vengeance
    That could pin us to the floor
    Brought a few more people on
    And put the fear in a whole lot more

    Ah, here she comes
    Here she comes, here she comes again
    The same old painted lady
    From the brow of the superbrain
    She'll scratch this world to pieces
    As she comes on like a friend
    Couple of songs from your old scrapbook
    Could send her home again

    Gave your heart to every bedsit room, at least a
    Picture on my wall
    And you sat behind a million pair of eyes
    And told them how they saw
    Then we lost your train of thought
    Your paintings are all your own
    While troubles are rising, we'd rather be scared
    Together than alone

    Ah, here she comes
    Here she comes, here she comes again
    The same old painted lady
    From the brow of the superbrain
    She'll scratch this world to pieces
    As she comes on like a friend
    But a couple of songs from your old scrapbook
    Could send her home again

    Now hear this, Robert Zimmerman
    Though I don't suppose we'll meet
    Ask your good friend Dylan
    If he'd gaze a while down the old street
    Tell him we've lost his poems
    So we're writing on the walls
    Give us back our unity
    Give us back our family
    You're every nation's refugee
    Don't leave us with their sanity

    Ah, here she comes
    Here she comes, here she comes again
    The same old painted lady
    From the brow of the superbrain
    She'll scratch this world to pieces
    As she comes on like a friend
    But a couple of songs from your old scrapbook
    Could send her home again

    Ah, couple of songs from your old scrapbook
    Could send her home again
    Oh, here she comes
    Here she comes, and here she comes Writer/s: David Bowie
    Publisher: BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
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Comments: 1

  • Zabadak from London, EnglandThis may have been dedicated to the Zim but the "Here she comes" refrain is pure Lou Reed Velvets!
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