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Tell Me Momma

This song is by Bob Dylan and appears on the compilation album The Bootleg Series, Vol. 4: Live 1966: The "Royal Albert Hall" Concert (1998).

Coal-black glass don't make no mirrors
Coal-black water, don't make no tears
You say you love me with what may be love
Don't you remember makin' baby love?
Yes you got your steam drill, and now you're lookin' for some kid
To get it to work for you like your nine-pound hammer did
But I know that you know that I know that you show
Something is tearing up your mind.

Tell me, momma,
Tell me, momma,
Tell me, momma, what is it?
What's wrong with you this time?

Hey, John, come and get me some candy goods
Shucks, it sure feels like it's in the woods
Spend some time on your January trips
You got tombstone moose up and your brave-yard whips
If you're anxious to find out when your friendship's gonna end
Come on, baby, I'm your friend!
And I know that you know that I know that you show
Something is tearing up your mind.

Tell me, momma,
Tell me, momma,
Tell me, momma, what is it?
What's wrong with you this time?

Ohh, we bone the editor, can't get read
But his painted sled, instead it's a bed
Yes, I see you on your window ledge
But I can't tell just how far away you are from the edge
And, anyway, you're just gonna make people jump and roar
Whatcha wanna go and do that for?
For I know that you know that I know that you know
Something is tearing up your mind.

Ah, tell me, momma,
Tell me, momma,
Tell me, momma, what is it?
What's wrong with you this time?

Live 1966
The second verse as performed live in Manchester, England on May 17, 1966, as released on the Live 1966 album. Dylan's trademark slurred singing voice, unfortunately, makes a few lyrics difficult to transcribe.

Well, song blast camry (?) don't even run
Tombstone bedrock can't get it done
Fool's gold in your teeth and cemetery hips,
Way outside of your graveyard whips
Yes, ev'rybody's wondering when your friendship's gonna end,
But come on, baby, I'm your friend
And I know that you know that I know that you show
Something is tearing up your mind.

The third verse from the same performance

Oh, sure pleasing (?) but your face is red,
But he can't get it, he's almost dead.
Ev'rybody sees you on your window ledge
How long's it gonna take for you to get off the edge?
You're just gonna make ev'rybody jump and roar
Now whatcha wanna go and do that for?
I know that you know that I know that you show
Something's tearing up your mind.

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