Goodbye Jimmy Reed

Bob Dylan’s Last Album “Rough And Rowdy Ways” Lyrics


I live on a street named after a saint
Women in the churches wear powder and paint
Where the Jews and the Catholics and the Muslims all pray
I can tell they party from a mile away
Goodbye Jimmy Reed, Jimmy Reed indeed
Give me that old-time religion, it’s just what I need

For thine is the kingdom, the power and the Glory
Go tell it on the mountain, go tell the real story
Tell it in that straightforward puritanical tone
In the mystic hours, when a person’s alone
Goodbye Jimmy Reed, God speed
Thump on the bible, proclaim a creed

You won’t amount to much, the people all said
‘Cos I didn’t play guitar behind my head
Never pandered, never acted proud
Never took off my shoes, threw ‘em into the crowd
Goodbye Jimmy Reed, goodbye and good night
Put a jewel in your crown and I’ll put out the light

They threw everything at me, everything in the book
I had nothing to fight with but a butcher’s hook
They had no pity, they never lent a hand
I can’t sing a song that I don’t understand
Goodbye Jimmy Reed, goodbye and good luck
I can’t play the record ‘cos my needle got stuck

Transparent woman in a transparent dress
Suits you well I must confess
I break open your grapes, I suck out the juice
I need you like my head needs a noose
Goodbye Jimmy Reed, goodbye and so long
I thought I could resist her, but I was so wrong

God be with you, brother dear
If you don’t mind me asking, what brings you here?
Ah nothing much, I’m just looking for the man
Came to see where he’s lying in this lost land
Goodbye Jimmy Reed, and everything within you
Can’t you hear me calling from down in Virginia


© 2020 by Special Rider Music

Jimmy Reed

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