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Blind Willie McTell

This song is by Mick Taylor and appears on the album A Stone's Throw (2000).

This song is a cover of "Blind Willie McTell" by Bob Dylan.
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Blind Willie McTell
Seen the arrow on the doorpost
Saying, "This land is condemned"

Know I've traveled through East Texas
Where many martyrs fell
And I know no one can sing the blues
Like Blind Willie McTell

Know, I heard the hoot owl singing
As they were taking down the tents
The stars above the barren trees
Were his only audience

You know, these charcoal gypsy maidens
They an strut their feathers well
And I know no one can sing the blues
Like Blind Willie McTell

I see those big plantations burning
I hear the cracking of the whips
I smell that sweet magnolia blooming
I see the ghosts of slavery ships

There's a woman by the river
With some fine young handsome man
He's dressed up like a country squire
With 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, I'm gazing out the window
Of the St. James Hotel
And I know no one can sing the blues
Like Blind Willie McTell

Know that God is in heaven
And we all want what's his
But power and greed and corruptible seed
Seem to be all that there is

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