Subterranean Homesick Blues --- Bob Dylan

 

[A7]Johnnyís in the basement mixiní up the medicine.
Iím on the pavement thinkiní Ďbout the government.
Man in a trenchcoat -- badge out -- laid off,
Says heís got a bad cough, wants to get it paid off.
[D7]Look out kid, itís somethiní you did,
[A7]God knows when, but youíre doiní it again.
Better duck down the alleyway lookiní for a new friend.
[E7]Man in a coonskin cap and a pigpen
Wants [A7]eleven dollar bills and youíve only got ten. 

[A7]Maggie comes fleet-foot, face full of black soot.
Talkiní that the heat put plants in the bed, but
Phoneís tapped anyway, Maggie says that many say
Must bust in early May, orders from the DA.
[D7]Look out kid, youíre gonna get hit,
By [A7]losers, cheaters, six-time users.
Hanginí Ďround the theatres.
[E7]Girl by the whirlpool, lookiní for a new fool.
[A7]Donít follow leaders, watch the parkiní meters. 

[A7]Get sick, get well, hang around the inkwell
Hang bell, hard to tell if anything is gonna sell.
Try hard, get barred, get back, ride rail,
Get jailed, jump bail, join the army if you fail.
[D7]Look out kid, donít matter what you did.
Better [A7]walk on your tip-toes, donít tie no bows,
Better stay away from those who carry Ďround a fire hose.
[E7]Keep a clean nose, watch the plainclothes.
You [A7]donít need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows. 

[A7]Get born, keep warm, short pants, romance,
Learn to dance, get dressed, get blessed, try to be a succes.
Please her, please him, buy gifts, donít steal,donít lift,
Twenty years of schooliní and they put you on the day shift.
[D7]Look out kid, they keep it all hid,
Better [A7]jump down a manhole, light yourself a candle,
Donít wear sandals, try to avoid the scandals.
[E7]Donít wanna be a bum, ya better chew gum.
The [A7]pump donít work Ďcause the vandals took the handle.

 

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