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Subterranean Homesick Blues

This song is by Rickie Lee Jones and appears on the compilation The Village (2009).

This song is a cover of "Subterranean Homesick Blues" by Bob Dylan.
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Johnny's in the basement
Mixing up the medicine
I'm on the pavement
Thinking about the government
A man in a trench coat
Badge out, laid off
Says he's got a bad cough
Wants to get it paid off
Look out kid
It's something you did
God knows when
But you're doing it again
You better duck down the alley way
Looking for a new fool
Man in the coon-skin cap
In a big pen
Wants eleven dollar bills
You only got ten

Maggie come fleet foot
Face full of black soot
Talking that the heat put
The plants in the bed but
The phone's tapped anyway
Maggie says that many say
They must bust in early May
Orders from the DA
Look out kid
It's something you did
Walk on your tiptoes
Don't try "No-Doz"
Better stay away from those
That carry around a fire hose
Keep a clean nose
Watch the plain clothes
You don't need a weatherman
To know which way the wind blows

Get sick, get well
Hang around a ink well
Ring bell, hard to tell
If anything is gonna sell
Try hard, get barred
Get back, write braille
Get jailed, jump bail
Join the army, if you fail
Look out kid
You're gonna get hit
By losers, cheaters
Six-time users
Hang around the theaters
The girl by the whirlpool
Looking for a new fool
Don't follow leaders
And watch the parking meters

Get born, keep warm
Short pants, romance, learn to dance
Get dressed, get blessed
Try to be a success
Please her, please him, buy gifts
Don't steal, don't lift
Twenty years of schooling
And they put you on the day shift
Look out kid
They keep it all hid
Jump down a manhole
Light yourself a candle
Don't wear sandals
Try to avoid the scandals
Don't wanna be a bum
You better chew gum
The pump don't work
'Cause the vandals took the handles


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Bob Dylan

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