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Caledonia Mission

This song is by The Band and appears on the album Music from Big Pink (1968) and on the album Rock Of Ages: The Band In Concert (1972).

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She reads the leaves, and she leads the life
That she learned so well from the old wives.
It's so strange to arrange it, you know I wouldn't change it,
But hear me if you're near me, can I just rearrange it?

The watchman covers me with his remedy.
I can't see and it's hard to feel,
I think his magic might be real.

I can't get to you from your garden gate,
You know it's always locked by the magistrate.
Now, he don't care why you cry, you know he thinks it's just a lie
To get out, I don't doubt that you'd make a try.

If the good times get you through,
I know the dogs won't bother you.
We'll be gone in moonshine time,
I've got a place they'll never find.

You know I do believe in your hexagram,
But can you tell me how they all knew the plan?
Did you trip or slip on their gifts, you know we're just a con?
You knew it, why'd you do it, I've been hiding in the dark.

Now I must be on my way,
I guess you really have to stay
Inside the mission wall
Down in Modock, Arkansas.

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