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Bob Dylan lyrics

Album: Good as I Been to You [1992]

Tracks13
 01  Frankie and Albert
 02  Jim Jones
 03  Black Jack Davey
 04  Canadee-I-O
 05 Sitting on Top of the World
 06  Little Maggie
 07  Hard Times
 08  Step It up and Go
 09  Tomorrow Night
 10  Arthur McBride
 11  You're Gonna Quit Me
 12  Diamond Joe
 13  Froggie Went A-Courtin'
all Bob Dylan lyrics



Frankie and Albert
Frankie was a good girl.
Everybody knows.
Paid one hundred dollars
For Albert's new suit of clothes.
He was her man but he done her wrong.

Albert said, "I'm leaving you.
Won't be gone for long.
Don't wait up for me.
A-worry about me when I'm gone."
He was her man but he done her wrong.

Frankie went down to the corner saloon.
Get a bucket of beer.
Said to the bartender.
"Has my lovin' man been here?"
He was her man but he done her wrong.

"Well, I ain't gonna tell you no stories.
I ain't gonna tell you no lies.
I saw Albert an hour ago
With a gal named Alice Bly."
He was her man but he done her wrong.

Frankie went down to 12th Street,
Lookin' up through the window high.
She saw her Albert there,
Lovin' up Alice Bly.
He was her man but he done her wrong.

Frankie pulled out a pistol,
Pulled out a forty-four.
Gun went off a rootie-toot-toot
And Albert fell on the floor.
He was her man but he done her wrong.

Frankie got down upon her knees,
Took Albert into her lap.
Started to hug and kiss him,
But there was no bringin' him back.
He was her man but he done her wrong.

"Gimme a thousand policemen,
Throw me into a cell.
I shot my Albert dead,
And now I'm goin' to hell.
He was my man but he done me wrong."

Judge said to the jury,
"Plain as a thing can be,
A woman shot her lover down,
Murder in the second degree."
He was her man but he done her wrong.

Frankie went to the scaffold,
Calm as a girl could be,
Turned her eyes up towards the heavens,
Said, "Nearer, my God, to Thee."
He was her man but he done her wrong.back to top
Jim Jones
1. come and listen for a moment, lads,
And hear me tell my tale.
How across the sea from england
I was condemned to sail.
Now the jury found me guilty,
Then says the judge, says he,
Oh, for life, jim jones, I'm sending you
Across the stormy sea.
But take a tip before you ship
To join the iron gang.
Don't get too gay in botany bay,
Or else you'll surely hang.
Or else you'll surely hang, says he.
And after that, jim jones,
It's high above on the gallows tree
The crows will pick your bones.

2. and our ship was high upon the sea
Then pirates came along,
But the soldiers on our convict ship
Were full five hundred strong.
For they opened fire and somehow drove
That pirate ship away.
But I'd rather have joined that pirate ship
Tan gone to botany bay.
With the storms ragin' round us,
And the winds a-blowin' gale,
I'd rather have drowned in misery
Than gone to new south wales.

3. now it's day and night and the irons clang,
And like poor galley slaves
We toil and toil, and when we die
Must fill dishonored graves,
And it's by and by I'll slip my chains,
Well, into the bush I'll go
And I'll join the bravest rankers there,
Jack donohue and co.
And some dark night, when everything
Is silent in the town
I'll shoot those tyrants one and all,
I'll gun the flogger down.
Oh, I'll give the land a little shock,
Remember what I say,
And they'll yet regret they've sent jim jones
In chains to botany bay.back to top
Black Jack Davey
come a-ridin' on back,
A-whistlin' loud and merry.
Made the woods around him ring,
And he charmed the heart of a lady,
Charmed the heart of a lady.

"How old are you, my pretty little miss,
How old are you, my honey?"
She answered to him with a lovin' smile
"I'll be sixteen come Sunday,
Be sixteen come Sunday."

"Come and go with me, my pretty little miss,
Come and go with me, my honey.
Take you where the grass grows green,
You never will want for money,
You never will want for money.

"Pull off, pull off them high-heeled shoes
All made of Spanish leather.
Get behind me on my horse
And we'll ride off together,
We'll both go off together."

Well, she pulled off them high-heeled shoes
Made of Spanish leather.
Got behind him on his horse
And they rode off together,
They both rode off together.

At night the boss came home
Inquiring about his lady.
His servant spoke before she thought,
"She's been with Blackjack Davey,
Rode off with Blackjack Davey."

"Well, saddle for me my coal-black stud,
He's speedier than the gray.
I rode all day and I'll ride all night,
And I'll overtake my lady,
I'll bring back my lady."

Well, he rode all night till the broad daylight,
Till he came to a river ragin',
And there he spied his darlin' bride
In the arms of Blackjack Davey,
Wrapped up with Blackjack Davey.

"Pull off, pull off them long blue gloves
All made of the finest leather.
Give to me your lily-white hand
And we'll both go home together,
We'll both go home together."

Well, she pulled off them long blue gloves
All made of the finest leather,
Gave to him her lily-white hand
And said good-bye forever.
Bid farewell forever.

"Would you forsake your house and home,
Would you forsake your baby?
Would you forsake your husband, too,
To go with Blackjack Davey,
Ride off with Blackjack Davey?"

"Well, I'll forsake my house and home,
And I'll forsake my baby.
I'll forsake my husband, too,
For the love of Blackjack Davey,
Love my Blackjack Davey."

"Last night I slept in a feather bed
Between my husband and baby.
Tonight I lay on the river banks
In the arms of Blackjack Davey,
Love my Blackjack Davey."back to top
Canadee-I-O
1. well, it's all of fair and handsome girl,
She's all in her tender years.
She fell in love with a sailor boy,
It's true she loved him well.
For to go off to sea with him
Like she did not know how,
She longed to see that seaport town
Of canadee-i-o.

2. so she bargained with the sailor boy,
All for a piece of gold.
Straightaway then he led her
Down into the hold,
Sayin', I'll dress you up in sailor's clothes,
Your jacket shall be blue.
You'll see that seaport town
Of canadee-i-o.

3. now, when the other sailors heard the news,
Well, they fell into a rage,
And with all the ship's company
They were willing to engage.
Saying, we'll tie her hands and feet, my boys,
Overboard we'll throw her.
She'll never see that seaport town
Called canadee-i-o.

4. now, when the captain he heard the news,
Well, he too fell in a rage,
And with the whole ship's company
He was willing to engage,
Sayin', she'll stay in sailor's clothes,
Her color shall be blue,
She'll see that seaport town
Call canadee-i-o.

5. now, when they come down to canada
Scarcely 'bout half a year,
She's married this bold captain
Who called her his dear.
She's dressed in silks and satins now,
She cuts a gallant show,
Finest of the ladies
Down canadee-i-o.

6. come, all you fair and tender girls,
Wheresoever you may be,
I'd have you to follow your own true love
Whene'er he goes to sea.
For if the sailors prove false to you,
Well, the captain, he might prove true.
You'll see the honor I have gained
By the wearing of the blue.back to top
Little Maggie
1. oh, where is little maggie
Over yonder she stands,
Rifle on her shoulder,
Six-shooter in her hand.

2. how can I ever stand it,
Just to see them two blue eyes,
Shinin' like some diamonds,
Like some diamonds in the sky.

3. rather be in some lonely hollow
Where the sun don't ever shine,
Than to see you be another man's darling,
And to know that you'll never be mine.

4. well, it's march me away to the station
With my suitcase in my hand,
Yes, march me away to the station,
I'm off to some far-distant land.

5. sometimes I have a nickel,
And sometimes I have a dime,
Sometimes I have ten dollars,
Just to pay for little maggie's wine.

6. pretty flowers are made for blooming,
Pretty stars are made to shine,
Pretty girls are made for boy's love,
Little maggie was made for mine.

7. well, yonder stands little maggie
With a dram glass in her hand,
She's a drinkin' down her troubles
Over courtin' some other man.back to top
Hard Times
1. let us pause in life's pleasures and count it's many tears
While we all sup sorrow with the poor.
There's a song that will linger forever in our ears,
Oh, hard times, come again no more.
'tis the song, the sigh of the weary.
Hard times, hard times, come again no more.
Many days you have lingered all around my cabin door.
Oh, hard times, come again no more.

2. while we seek mirth and beauty and music light and gay.
There are frail forms fainting at the door.
Though their voices are silent, their pleading looks will say.
Oh, hard times, come again no more.
'tis the song, the sigh of the weary.
Hard times, hard times, come again no more.
Many days you have lingered all around my cabin door.
Oh, hard times, come again no more.

3. there's pale drooping maiden who foils her life away
With a worn out heart, whose better days are o'er.
Though her voice it would be merry, 'tis sighing all the day,
Oh, hard times, come again no more.
'tis the song, the sigh of the weary.
Hard times, hard times, come again no more.
Many days you have lingered all around my cabin door.
Oh, hard times, come again no more.

'tis the song, the sigh of the weary.
Hard times, hard times, come again no more.
Many days you have lingered all around my cabin door.
Oh, hard times, come again no more.back to top
Step It up and Go
1. got a little girl, little and low,
She used to love me but she don't no more.
She gotta step it up and go-yeah, go.
Can't stand pat, swear you gotta step it up and go.

2. got a little girl, she stays upstairs,
Make a livin' by puttin' on airs.
Gotta step it up and go-yeah, man.
Can't stand pat, swear you gotta step it up and go.

3. front door shut, back door too,
Blinds pulled down, what' cha gonna do?
Gotta step it up and go-yeah, go.
Can't stand pat, swear you gotta step it up and go.

4. got a little girl, her name is ball,
Give a little bit, she took it all.
I said step it up and go-yeah, man.
Can't stand pat, swear you gotta step it up and go.

5. me an' my baby walkin' down the street,
Tellin' everybody 'bout the chief of police.
Gotta step it up and go-yeah, go.
Can't stand pat, swear you gotta step it up and go.

6. tell my woman I'll see her at home,
Ain't no lovin' since she been gone.
Gotta step it up and go-yeah, go.
Can't stand pat, swear you gotta step it up and go.

7. well, I'll sing this verse, ain't gonna sing no more,
Hear my gal call me and I got to go.
Step it up and go-yeah, man.
Can't stand pat, swear you gotta step it up and go.back to top
Tomorrow Night
Tomorrow night, will you remember what you said to night ?
Tomorrow night, will all the thrill be gone ?
Tomorrow night, will it be just another memory
Or just another song, that's in my heart to linger on ?

Your lips are so tender, your heart is beating fast
And you willingly surrender to me, my darling will it last ?
Tomorrow night, will you be with me when the moon is bright ?
Tomorrow night, will you say those lovely things you said tonight ?

Your lips are so tender, your heart is beating fast
And you willingly surrender to me, my darling will it last ?
Tomorrow night, will you be with me when the moon is bright ?
Tomorrow night, will you say those lovely things you said tonight ?back to top
Arthur McBride
1. oh, me and my cousin, one arthur mcbride,
As we went a-walkin' down by the seaside,
Mark now what followed and what did betide,
For it bein' on christmas mornin'
Now, for recreation, we went on a tramp,
And we met sergeant napper and corporal vamp
And a little wee drummer intending to camp,
For the day bein' pleasant and charmin'.

2. good morning, good morning, the sergeant he cried.
And the same to you, gentlemen, we did reply,
Intending no harm but meant to pass by,
For it bein' on christmas mornin'
But, says he, my fine fellows, if you will enlist,
Ten guineas in gold I'll stick to your fist,
And a crown in the bargain for to kick up the dust,
And drink the king's health in the morning.

3. for a soldier, he leads a very fine life,
And he always is blessed with a charming young wife,
And he pays all his debts without sorrow or strife,
And he always lives pleasant and charmin',
And a soldier, he always is decent and clean,
In the finest of clothing he's constantly seen.
While other poor fellows go dirty and mean,
And sup on thin gruel in the morning.

Instrumental

4. but, says arthur, I wouldn't be proud of your clothes,
For you've only the lend of them, as I suppose,
But you dare not change them one night, for you know
If you do, you'll be flogged in the morning,
And although that we're single and free,
We take great delight in our own company,
We have no desire strange places to see,
Although that your offers are charming.

5. and we have no desire to take your advance,
All hazards and dangers we barter on chance,
For you'd have no scruples for to send us to france,
Where we would get shot without warning,
Oh no, says the sergeant. I'll have no such chat,
And neither will I take it from snappy young brats,
For if you insult me with one other word,
I'll cut off your heads in the morning.

6. and arthur and i, we soon drew our hogs,
And we scarce gave them time to draw their own blades
When a trusty shillelagh came over their head
And bid them take that as fair warning.
And their old rusty rapiers that hung by their sides,
We flung them as far as we could in the tide,
Now take them up, devils! cried arthur mcbride,
And temper their edge in the mornin'!

7. and the little wee drummer, we flattened his bow,
And we made a football of his rowdy-dow-dow,
Threw it in the tide for to rock and to roll,
And bade it a tedious returning,
And we havin' no money, paid them off in cracks.
We paid no respect to their two bloody backs,
And we lathered them there like a pair of wet sacks,
And left them for dead in the morning.

8. and so, to conclude and to finish disputes,
We obligingly asked if they wanted recruits,
For we were the lads who would give them hard clouts
And bid them look sharp in the mornin'.

Instrumental

9. oh, me and my cousin, one arthur mcbride,
As we went a-walkin' down by the seaside,
Mark now what followed and what did betide,
For it bein' on christmas mornin'back to top
You're Gonna Quit Me
You're gonna quit me, baby,
Good as I been to you, lawd, lawd.
Good as I been to you, lawd, lawd.
Good as I been to you.

Give you my money, honey,
Buy you shoes and clothes, lawd, lawd.

You're gonna quit me, baby,
Put me outta doors, lawd, lawd.

Six months on the chain gang,
Believe me, it ain't no fun, lawd, lawd.

Day you quit me, baby,
That's the day you die, lawd, lawd.

Jailhouse ain't no plaything,
Believe me, ain't no lie, lawd, lawd.

Day you quit me, baby,
That's the day you die, lawd, lawd.back to top
Diamond Joe
1. now there's a man you'll hear about
Most anywhere you go,
And his holdings are in texas
And his name is diamond joe.

2. and he carries all his money
In a diamond-studded jar.
He never took much trouble
With the process of the law.

3. I hired out to diamond joe, boys,
Did offer him my hand,
He gave a string of horses
So old they could not stand.

4. and I nearly starved to death, boys,
He did mistreat me so,
And I never saved a dollar
In the pay of diamond joe.

5. now his bread it was corn dodger
And his meat you couldn't chaw,
Nearly drove me crazy
With the waggin' of his jaw.

6. and the tellin' of his story,
Mean to let you know
That there never was a rounder
That could lie like diamond joe.

Instrumental

7. now, I tried three times to quit him,
But he did argue so
I'm still punchin' cattle
In the pay of diamond joe.

8. and when I'm called up yonder
And it's my time to go,
Give my blankets to my buddies
Give the fleas to diamond joe.back to top
Froggie Went A-Courtin'
1. frog went a-courtin', and he did ride, uh-huh,
Frog went a-courtin', and he did ride, uh-huh,
Frog went a-courtin', and he did ride.
With a sword and a pistol by his side, uh-huh.

2. well he rode up to miss mousey's door, uh-huh,
Well he rode up to miss mousey's door, uh-huh,
Well he rode up to miss mousey's door.
Gave three loud raps and a very big roar, uh-huh.

3. said, miss mouse, are you within? uh-huh,
Said he, miss mouse, are you within? uh-huh,
Said, miss mouse, are you within?
Yes, kind sir, I sit and spin, uh-huh.

4. he took miss mousey on his knee, uh-huh,
Took miss mousey on his knee, uh-huh,
Took miss mousey on his knee.
Said, miss mousey, will you marry me? uh-huh.

5. without my uncle rat's consent, uh-huh
Without my uncle rat's consent, uh-huh
Without my uncle rat's consent.
I wouldn't marry the president, uh-huh

6. uncle rat laughed and he shook his fat sides, uh-huh,
Uncle rat laughed and he shook his fat sides, uh-huh,
Uncle rat laughed and he shook his fat sides,.
To think his niece would be a bride, uh-huh.

7. uncle rat went runnin' downtown, uh-huh,
Uncle rat went runnin' downtown, uh-huh,
Uncle rat went runnin' downtown.
To buy his niece a wedding gown, uh-huh

8. where shall the wedding supper be? uh-huh,
Where shall the wedding supper be? uh-huh,
Where shall the wedding supper be?
Way down yonder in a hollow tree, uh-huh

9. what should the wedding supper be? uh-huh,
What should the wedding supper be? uh-huh,
What should the wedding supper be?
Fried mosquito in a black-eye pea, uh-huh.

10. well, first to come in was a flyin' moth, uh-huh,
First to come in was a flyin' moth, uh-huh,
First to come in was a flyin' moth.
She laid out the table cloth, uh-huh.

11. next to come in was a juney bug, uh-huh,
Next to come in was a juney bug, uh-huh,
Next to come in was a juney bug.
She brought the water jug, uh-huh.

12. next to come in was a bumbley bee, uh-huh
Next to come in was a bumbley bee, uh-huh
Next to come in was a bumbley bee.
Sat mosquito on his knee, uh-huh.

13. next to come in was a broken black flea, uh-huh,
Next to come in was a broken black flea, uh-huh,
Next to come in was a broken black flea.
Danced a jig with the bumbley bee, uh-huh.

14. next to come in was mrs. cow, uh-huh,
Next to come in was mrs. cow, uh-huh,
Next to come in was mrs. cow.
She tried to dance but she didn't know how, uh-huh.

15. next to come in was a little black tick, uh-huh,
Next to come in was a little black tick, uh-huh,
Next to come in was a little black tick.
She ate so much she made us sick, uh-huh.

16. next to come in was a big black snake, uh-huh,
Next to come in was a big black snake, uh-huh,
Next to come in was a big black snake.
Ate up all of the wedding cake, uh-huh.

17. next to come was the old gray cat, uh-huh,
Next to come was the old gray cat, uh-huh,
Next to come was the old gray cat.
Swallowed the mouse and ate up the rat, uh-huh.

18. mr. frog went a-hoppin' up over the brook, uh-huh,
Mr. frog went a-hoppin' up over the brook, uh-huh,
Mr. frog went a-hoppin' up over the brook.
A lily-white duck come and swallowed him up, uh-huh.

19. a little piece of cornbread layin' on a shelf, uh-huh,
A little piece of cornbread layin' on a shelf, uh-huh,
A little piece of cornbread layin' on a shelf.
If you want anymore, you can sing it yourself, uh-huh.back to top
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