Bob Dylan - "Long Time Gone" lyrics

by Bob Dylan

My parents raised me tenderly,
I was their only son.
My mind got mixed with ramblin'
When I was all so young,
When I was twelve and one.
I'm a long time a-comin', Maw,
And I left my home the first time
An' I'll be a long time gone.

On the Texas plains,
On the western side of Texas,
But they said I's young of age.
I tried to find a job o'work
My eyes they burned when I heard,
"Go home where you belong!"
An' I'll be a long time gone.
I'm a long time a-comin',

I remember when I's ramblin'
Around with the carnival trains,
Somehow they're all the same.
Different towns, different people,
I remember children's faces best,
I remember travelin' on.
I'm a long time a-comin',
I'll be a long time gone.

An' I ain't too big to tell,
If she broke my heart a single time,
I once loved a fair young maid
She broke it ten or twelve.
I did not tell no one.
I walked and talked all by myself,
An' I'll be a long time gone.
I'm a long time a-comin', babe,
Many times by the highwayside,

With bloodshot eyes and gritting teeth,
I tried to flag a ride.
The empty air hung in my head
I's thinkin' all day long.
I'd watch the cars roll by.
I'm a long time a-comin',
An' I'll be a long time gone.

When I'm a-passin' through.
You might see me on your crossroads
Remember me how you wished to
As I'm a-driftin' from your view.
I ain't got the time to think about it,
I got too much to get done.
Well, I'm a long time comin'
An' I'll be a long time gone.

If I can't help somebody
With a word or song,
They are travelin' wrong.
If I can't show somebody
But I know I ain't no prophet
An' I ain't no prophet's son.
An' I'll be a long time gone.
I'm just a long time a-comin'

So you can have your beauty,
It's skin deep and it only lies.
It'll rot before your eyes.
And you can have your youth,
With it clearly carved upon:
Just give to me my gravestone
"I's a long time a-comin',
An' I'll be a long time gone