Bob Dylan - "High Water For Charlie Patton" lyrics

Words and Music by Bob Dylan)

Highwater risin', rising night and day
All the gold and silver are being stolen away
He made it to Kansas City, Twelfth Street and Vine
Big Joe Turner looking east and west from the dark room of his mind
Highwater everywhere
Nothin' standing there

Highwater rising the shacks are sliding down
Folks lose their possessions, the folks are leaving town
Reformation shook it, broke it, then she hung it on the wall
It's tough out there
Say you dancin' with whom they tell you to or you don't dance at all
Highwater everywhere

I got a cravin' love for blazin' speed
Throw your panties overboard
I got a hopped up Mustang Ford
Jump into the wagon, love
I can write you poems, make a strong man lose his mind
I'm no pig without a wig, I hope you treat me kind
Highwater everywhere
Highwater rising, six inches above my head
Things are breakin' up out there

Coffins droppin' in the street like balloons made out of lead
Don't reach out for me, she said, can't you see I'm drowning too
Water poured into Vicksburg, don't know what I'm gonna do
It's rough out there
Highwater everywhere

Well, George Lewes told the Englishman, the Italian and the Jew
They got Charles Darwin trapped out there on Highway 5
You can't open up your mind, boys, to every conceivable point of view
Judge says to the High Sheriff, I want them dead or alive
Either one, I don't care
Highwater everywhere

Well, the cuckoo is a pretty bird, she warbles as she flies
I'm preachin' the word of God, I'm puttin' out your eyes
I asked Fat Nancy for someth'n' to eat, she said take it off the shelf
As great as you are man, you'll never be greater than yourself
Highwater everywhere
I told her I didn't really care
Keepin' away from the women, I'm givin' them lots of room

Thunder rollin' over Clarksdale, everythin' a-lookin' blue
I get up in the mornin', I believe I'll dust my broom
I just can't be happy, love, unless you're happy too
It's bad out there
Highwater everywhere