LOVE AND THEFT
Lyrics
Release date: September 11, 2001 (earlier in some countries)

Bob Dylan: Love and Theft
1. Tweedle Dee And Tweedle Dum
2. Mississippi
3. Summer Days
4. Bye And Bye
5. Lonesome Day Blues
6. Floater (Too Much To Ask)
7. Highwater (For Charlie Patton)
8. Moonlight
9. Honest With Me
10. Po' Boy
11. Cry Awhile
12. Sugar Baby

The "Limited Edition" contains a bonus disc with two tracks:
1. I Was Young When I Left Home
Recorded Dec. 1961 Traditional, Arranged by Bob Dylan
2. The Times They Are A-Changin' - Recorded Oct. 1963
Written by Bob Dylan, Alternate Version

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1. Tweedle Dee And Tweedle Dum


Words and music by Bob Dylan

Lyrics from Songbook, ISBN 0.8256.1981.1 Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee They're throwin' knives into the tree Two big bags of dead man's bones Got their noses to the grind stone Livin' in the Land of Nod Trustin' their fate to the hands of God They pass by so silently Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee Well, they're goin' to the country, they're goin' to retire They're takin' a streetcar named Desire Lookin' at a window with a pecan pie Lot of things they'd like they would never buy Neither of them want to turn and run They're makin' a voyage to the Sun "His Master's Voice is calling me" Said Tweedle Dum to Tweedle Dee Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum All that'n more, then some They walk among the stately trees They know the secrets of the breeze Tweedle Dum said to Tweedle Dee, "Your presence is obnoxious to me. Feel like baby sittin' on a woman's knee." Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee Well, the rain beat'n' down on a window pane I got love for you, and it's all in vain Brains in a pot, they're beginning to boil They're drippin' with garlic and olive oil Tweedle Dee is on his hands and his knees Sayin', "Throw me something, Mister, please!" "What's good for you is good for me," Said Tweedle Dum to Tweedle Dee. Well, they're living in a happy harmony Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee They're one day older and a dollar short They got a parade permit and a police escort They're lyin' low and they're makin' hay They seem determined to go all the way They run a brick 'n' tile company Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee Well, a childish dream is a deathless need And a noble truth is a sacred creed My pretty baby, she's looking around She's wearin' a multi-thousand dollar gown Tweedle Dee is a low down sorry old man Tweedle Dum he'll stab you where you stand "I've had too much of your company," said Tweedle Dum to Tweedle Dee.

2. Mississippi


Words and music by Bob Dylan

Every step of the way, we walk the line Your days are numbered, so are mine Time is piling up, we struggle and we stray We're all boxed in, nowhere to escape City's just a jungle, more games to play Trapped in the heart of it, tryin' to get away I was raised in the country, I been working in the town I been in trouble ever since I set my suitcase down Got nothing for you, I had nothing before Don't even have anything for myself anymore Sky full of fire, Pain pouring down Nothing you can sell me, I'll see you around All my powers of expression and thoughts so sublime Could never do you justice in reason or rhyme Only one thing I did wrong Stayed in Mississippi a day too long Well, the devil's in the alley, mule's in the stall Say anything you wanna, I have heard it all I was thinking about the things that Rosie said I was dreaming I was sleeping in Rosie's bed Walking through the leaves, falling from the trees Feeling like a stranger nobody sees So many things that we never will undo I know you're sorry, I'm sorry too Some people will offer you their hand and some won't Last night I knew you, tonight I don't I need something strong to distract my mind I'm gonna look at you 'til my eyes go blind Well I got here following the southern star I crossed that river just to be where you are Only one thing I did wrong Stayed in Mississippi a day too long Well my ship's been split to splinters and it's sinking fast I'm drowning in the poison, got no future, got no past But my heart is not weary, it's light and it's free I've got nothing but affection for all those who sailed with me Everybody's moving, if they ain't already there Everybody's got to move somewhere Stick with me baby, stick with me anyhow Things should start to get interesting right about now My clothes are wet, tight on my skin Not as tight as the corner that I painted myself in I know that fortune is waiting to be kind So give me your hand and say you'll be mine Well, the emptiness is endless, cold as the clay You can always come back, but you can't come back all the way Only one thing I did wrong Stayed in Mississippi a day too long

3. Summer Days


Words and music by Bob Dylan

Summer days, summer nights are gone Summer days and summer nights are gone I know a place where there's still somethin' going on I've got a house on the hill, I got hogs out in the mud I've got a house on the hill, I got hogs all out in the mud I've got a long haired woman, she got royal Indian blood Everybody get ready, lift up your glasses and sing Everybody get ready, lift up your glasses and sing Well I'm standin' on the table, I'm proposin' a toast to the king I'm driving in the flats in a Cadillac car The girls all say "You're a worn out star" My pockets are loaded, and I'm spending every dime How can you say you love someone else, you know it's me all the time Well the fog's so thick you can't spy the land Well the fog's so thick that you can't even spy the land What good are you anyway if you can't stand up to some old businessman? Weddin' bells are ringin' and the choir is beginning to sing Yes, the weddin' bells are ringin' and the choir's beginning to sing What looks good in the day, at night is another thing She's looking in to my eyes, and she's a-holding my hand She looks in to my eyes, she's holding my hand She say, "you can't repeat the past," I say "You can't? What do you mean you can't? Of course you can." Where do you come from, where do you go? Sorry, that is nothing you would need to know Well, my back's been to the wall so long it seems like it's stuck Why don't you break my heart one more time, just for good luck I got eight carburators and boys I'm usin' 'em all Well, I got eight carburators and boys I'm usin' 'em all I'm short on gas, my motor's startin' to stall My dogs are barking, there must be someone around My dogs are barking, there must be someone around I got my hammer ringin' pretty baby, but the nails ain't goin' down If you got something to say, speak or hold your peace Well, if you got something to say, speak now or hold your peace If it's information you want, you can get it from the police Politician's got on his joggin' shoes He must be runnin' for office, got no time to lose Suckin' the blood out of the genius of generosity You been rollin' your eyes, you been teasin' me Standin' by God's river my soul's beginning to shake Standin' by God's river my soul's beginning to shake I'm countin' on you, love, to gimme a break Well, I'm leaving in the morning, as soon as the dark clouds lift Yes, I'm leaving in the morning, just as soon as the dark clouds lift I'm breakin' the roof, set fire to the place as a partin' gift Summer days, summer nights are gone Summer days, summer nights are gone I know a place where there's still something goin' on

4. Bye And Bye


Words and music by Bob Dylan

By and by, I'm breathin' a lover's sigh While I'm sittin' on my watch so I can be on time I'm singin' love's praises with sugar coated rhyme By and by, on you I'm castin' my eye I'm paintin' the town, swingin' my partner around Well I know who I can depend on, I know who to trust I'm watchin' the road, I'm studyin' the dust I'm paintin' the town, makin' my last go-round Well I'm scufflin' and I'm shufflin' and I'm walkin' on briars I'm not even aquainted with my own desires I'm rollin' slow, I'm doin' all I know I'm tellin' myself I've found true happiness That I still got a dream that hasn't been repossessed I'm rollin' slow goin' where the wild roses grow Well, the future for me is already a thing of the past You were my first love and you will be my last Papa gone mad, Mama she's feelin' sad Well, I'm gonna baptize you in fire so you can sin no more I wanna establish my rule through civil war Gonna make you see just how loyal and true a man can be

5. Lonesome Day Blues


Words and music by Bob Dylan

Well, today has been a sad and lonesome day Yeah, today has been a sad and lonesome day I'm just sitting here thinking with my mind a million miles away Well, they're doing the double shuffle, throwing sand on the floor They're doing the double shuffle, they're throwing sand on the floor When I left my longtime darling, she was standing in the door Well, my pa he died and left me, my brother got killed in the war Well, my pa he died and left me, my brother got killed in the war My sister she ran off and got married, never was heard of anymore Samantha Brown lived in my house for 'bout four or five months Samantha Brown lived in my house for 'bout four or five months Don't know how it looked to other people, I never slept with her even once Well the road washed out, weather not fit for man or beast Well the road's washed out, weather not fit for man or beast Funny, the things you have the hardest time parting with, are the things you need the least Well, I'm forty miles from the mill, I'm dropping it into overdrive I'm forty miles from the mill, I'm dropping it into overdrive Set my dial on the radio I wish my mother was still alive I seen your lover-man comin', comin' across the barren fields I see your lover-man comin', comin' 'cross the barren fields He not a gentleman at all, he's rotten to the core, he's a coward and he steals Well my captain he's decorated, he's well-schooled and he's skilled My captain he's decorated, he's well-schooled and he's skilled He's not sentimental, don't bother him at all; how many of his pals have been killed. Last night the wind was whispering, I was trying to make out what it was Last night the wind was whispering something, I was trying to make out what it was Yeah I tell myself something's coming, but it never does I'm going to spare the defeated, I'm going to speak to the crowd I'm going to spare the defeated, boys I'm going to speak to the crowd I'm going to teach peace to the conquered, I'm going to tame the proud Well, the leaves are rustling in the wood, things are falling off of the shelf Leaves are rustling in the wood, things are falling off the shelf You're gonna need my help sweetheart, you can't make love all by yourself.

6. Floater (Too Much To Ask)


Words and music by Bob Dylan

Down over the window Come the dazzling sunlit rays Through the back alleys, through the blinds Another one of them endless days Honey bees are buzzing Leaves begin to stir I'm in love with my second cousin I tell myself I could be happy forever with her I keep listening for footsteps But I ain't never hearing any From the boat, I fish for bullheads I catch a lot, sometimes too many A summer breeze is blowin' A squall is setting in Sometimes it's just plain stupid To get into any kind of wind Well the old men 'round here Sometimes they get on bad terms With the younger men, Old, young, age don't carry weight It doesn't matter in the end One of the boss' hangers-on Sometimes comes to call At times you least expect Tryin' to bully you, strongarm you, Inspire you with fear It has the opposite effect There's a new grove of trees on the outskirts of town The old one - long gone 10 foot, 2 foot, 6 across Burns with the bark still on They say times are hard If you don't believe it you can follow your nose It don't bother me, times are hard anywhere We'll just have to see how it goes My old man, he's like some feudal lord He's got more lives than a cat I've never seen him quarrel with my mother even once Things come alive or they fall flat You can smell the pine wood burnin' You can hear the school bell ring Got to get up near the teacher, if you can If you wanna learn anything Romeo, he said to Juliet, you got a poor complexion That don't give your appearance a very youthful touch Juliet said back to Romeo, Why don't you just shove off, If it bothers you so much They all got outta here any way they could Cold rain can give you the shivers They went down the Ohio, the Cumberland, the Tennessee, All the rest of them rebel rivers If you ever try to interfere with me Or cross my path again, You do so at the peril of your life I'm not quite as cool, or forgiving as I sound I've seen enough heartache and strife My grandfather was a duck trapper, He could do it with just dragnets and ropes My grandmother could sew new dresses out of old cloth, I don't know if they had any dreams or hopes I had 'em once, though I suppose To go along with all the ring dancing, Christmas carols and all the Christmas eves I left all my dreams and hopes Buried under tobacco leaves Not always easy kicking someone out Got to wait awhile, it can be an unpleasant task Sometimes somebody wants you to give something up And tears or not, it's too much to ask

7. High Water (For Charlie Patton)


Words and music by Bob Dylan

Lyrics from Songbook, ISBN 0.8256.1981.1 High water risin', rising night and day All the gold and silver are being stolen away Big Joe Turner looking east and west from the dark room of his mind He made it to Kansas City, Twelfth Street and Vine Nothin' standing there High water everywhere High water 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 Say you dancin' with whom they tell you to or you don't dance at all It's tough out there High water everywhere I got a cravin' love for blazin' speed I got a hopped up Mustang Ford Jump into the wagon, love Throw your panties overboard 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 Things are breakin' up out there High water everywhere High water rising, six inches above my head Coffins droppin' in the street like balloons made out of lead Water poured into Vicksburg, don't know what I'm gonna do Don't reach out for me, she said, can't you see I'm drowning too It's rough out there High water everywhere Well, George Lewes told the Englishman, the Italian and the Jew You can't open up your mind, boys, to every conceivable point of view They got Charles Darwin trapped out there on Highway 5 Judge says to the High Sheriff, I want them dead or alive Either one, I don't care High water 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 I told her I didn't really care High water everywhere I get up in the mornin', I believe I'll dust my broom Keepin' away from the women, I'm givin' them lots of room Thunder rollin' over Clarksdale, everythin' a-lookin' blue I just can't be happy, love, unless you're happy too It's bad out there High water everywhere

8. Moonlight


Words and music by Bob Dylan

The seasons they are turning and my sad heart is yearning To hear again the songbird's sweet melodious tone Won't you meet me out in the moonlight alone The dusky light the day is losing Orchids, poppies, black eyed susan The earth and sky that melts with flesh and bone Won't you meet me out in the moonlight alone The air is thick and heavy all along the levee Where the geese into the countryside have flown Won't you meet me out in the moonlight alone Well, I'm preaching peace and harmony The blessings of tranquility Yet I know when the time is right to strike I take you 'cross the river, dear You've no need to linger here I know the kinds of things you like The clouds are turning crimson, the leaves fall from the limbs 'n The branches cast their shadows over stone Won't you meet me out in the moonlight alone The boulevards of cypress trees, the masquerade of birds and bees The petals pink and white, the wind has blown Won't you meet me out in the moonlight alone The trailing moss in mystic glow, the purple blossom soft as snow My tears keep flowing to the sea Doctor, lawyer, indian chief, it takes a thief to catch a thief For whom does the bell toll for, love? It tolls for you and me Old pulse's running through my palm, the sharp hills are rising from Yellow fields with twisted oaks that grow Won't you meet me out in the moonlight alone

9. Honest With Me


Words and music by Bob Dylan

Well, I'm stranded in the city that never sleeps Some of these women they just give me the creeps I'm avoidin' the south side the best I can These memories I got they can strangle a man Well, I came ashore in the dead of the night Lot of things can get in the way when you're tryin' to do what's right You don't understand it, my feelin' for you You'd be honest with me if you only knew I'm not sorry for nothing I've done I'm glad I fought, I only wish we'd won The Siamese twins are comin' to town People can't wait, they've gathered around When I left my home the sky split open wide I never wanted to go back there, I'd rather have died You don't understand it, my feelin' for you You'd be honest with me if only you knew My woman got a face like a teddy bear She's tossin' a baseball bat in the air The meat is so tough you can't cut it with a sword I'm crashin' my car trunk first into the board They say that my eyes are pretty and my smile is nice Well, I'd sell it to ya at a reduced price You don't understand it, my feeling for you You'd be honest with me if only you knew Some things are too terrible to be true, I won't come here no more if it bothers you There's a Southern Pacific leaving at 9:45 I'm havin' a hard time believin' some people were ever alive /will ever arrive? I'm stark naked but I don't care I'm goin' off into the woods I'm hunt'n' bare You don't understand it, my feeling for you Well, you'd be honest with me if only you knew I'm here to create the new imperial empire I'm gonna do whatever circumstances require I care so much for you, didn't think I could I can't tell my heart that you're no good Well, my parents, they warned me not to risk my years And I still got their advice oozing out of my ears You don't understand it, my feeling for you Well, you'd be honest with me if only you knew

10. Po' Boy


Words and music by Bob Dylan

Man came to the door, I say 'for whom were you lookin'?' Says 'your wife', I say 'she's busy in the kitchen cookin'' Po' boy, where you been? Already told you, won't tell you again I say 'how much you want for that, I'll go into the store' Man says 'three dollars' 'all right', I say, 'will you take four?' Po' boy, never say die Things will be all right, by and by Workin' like in a main line, workin' like the devil The game is the same it's just up on another level Po' boy, dressed in black Police at your back Po' boy in a red hot town Out beyond the twinklin' stars Ridin' first class train Makin' the rounds Try to keep from fallin' between the cars Othello told Desdemona "I'm cold, cover me with a blanket" "By the way, what happened to that poisoned wine?" She said "I gave it to you, you drank it" Po' boy, layin' 'em straight Pickin' up the cherries fallin' off the plate Time and love has branded me with its claws Had to go to Florida, dodgin' them Georgia laws Po' boy in the hotel called the Palace of Gloom Called down to room service, says 'send up a room' My mother was the daughter of a wealthy farmer My father was a traveling salesman, I never met him When my mother died my uncle took me in he run a funeral parlor He did a lot of nice things for me and I won't forget him All I know is that I'm thrilled by your kiss I don't know any more than this Po' boy, pickin' up sticks Build you a house out of mortar and bricks Knockin' on the door, I say 'who is it, where you from?' Man say 'Freddie', I say 'Freddie who?' He say 'Freddie or not, here I come' Po' boy 'neath the stars that shine Washin' them dishes, feedin' them swine

11. Cry Awhile


Words and music by Bob Dylan

Well, I had to go down to see a guy named Mr. Goldsmith Nasty, dirty, double-crossin', back-stabbin' phony I didn't have to, want to have to deal with But I did it for you and all you gave me was a smile Well, I cried for you, now it's your turn to cry awhile I don't carry dead weight, I'm no flash in the pan All right, I'll set you straight, can't you see I'm a union man I'm lettin' the cat out of the cage, I'm keepin' a low profile Well, I cried for you, now it's your turn, you can cry awhile Feel like a fightin' rooster, feel better than I ever felt But the Pennsylvania line's in an awful mess and the Denver road is a-goin' to melt I went to the Church house, every day I go an extra mile Well, I cry for you, now your turn, you can cry awhile Last night, 'cross the alley, there was a poundin' on the wall It must have been Don Pasquale makin' a 2 a.m. booty call To break a trusting heart like mine was just your style Well, I cried for you, now it's your turn to cry awhile I'm on the fringes of the night fighting back my tears I can't control Some people they ain't human, they ain't got no heart or soul But I'm a-cryin' to the Lord, tryin' to be meek and mild Yes, I cried for you, now it's your turn, you can cry awhile Well the preacher's in the pulpit and the babies in their cribs I'm longin' for that sweet fat that sticks to your ribs I'm goin' t' buy me a barrel of whisky, I'll die before I turn senile Yes, I cried for you, now it's your turn, you can cry awhile╩ Well, you bet on the horses, they ran the wrong way I always said you'd be sorry and that would be the day I might need a good lawyer, could be your funeral, my trial Well, I cried for you, now it's your turn, you can cry awhile

12. Sugar Baby


Words and music by Bob Dylan

I've got my back to the sun 'cause the light is too intense I can see what everybody in the world is up against Can't turn back, you can't come back, sometimes we push too far One day you'll open up your eyes and you'll see where you are Sugar baby get on down the road, you ain't got no brains nohow You went years without me, might as well keep goin' now Some of these bootleggers, they make pretty good stuff Plenty of places to hide things here if you want to hide them bad enough I'm staying with Aunt Sally, but you know she not really my aunt Some of these memories, you can learn to live with and some of'em you can't Sugar baby get on down the line, you ain't got no brains nohow You went years without me, might as well keep goin' now The ladies down in Darktown, they're doin' the Darktown strut Y'always got to be prepared, but you never know for what There ain't no limit to the amount of trouble women bring Love is pleasing, love is teasing, love not an evil thing Sugar baby get on down the road, you ain't got no brains nohow You went years without me, might as well keep goin' now Every moment of existence seems like some dirty trick Happiness can come suddenly and leave just as quick Any minute of the day, the bubble can burst Try to make things better for someone sometimes you just end up makin' it thousand times worse Sugar baby get on down the road, you ain't got no brains nohow You went years without me, might as well keep goin' now Your charms have broken many a heart and mine is surely one You got a way of tearin' the world apart, love, see what you've done Just as sure as we're livin', just as sure as you're born Look up, look up, seek your Maker, 'fore Gabriel blows his horn Sugar baby, get on down the line, you ain't got no sense nohow You went years without me, might as well keep goin' now

 
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