Hey Valerie, Baby what's the matter with you? I did all of the things that you wanted me to I went downtown with my picket knife, cut your other man, Cut your other man, but I spared his life Valerie won't you be good to me?
Hey Valerie, Baby what's the matter with you? Come on, come Baby, and tell me true Hey now Baby, what did I do? I shot my dog 'cause he growled at you Valerie won't you be good to me?
Valerie what's the matter with me? I never ever done you no wrong I sing the blues nearly all night long. Valerie what the matter with me? You know I'd do anything that you'd say I can't understand why you tell me "Please go away"
I ain't afraid of the cold. cruel world outside No chicken little running from a falling sky The only thing trouble's me is you. If you leave me what will I do? Valerie won't you be good to me?
You got me down on the knees of my shaking feet Can't play the blues 'cause for you I drop the beat Valerie what your complaint? I try to be everything I ain't Valerie won't you be good to me?
Viola Lee Blues
The judge decreed it, the clerk he wrote it. Clerk he wrote it down indeed-e Judge decreed it, clerk he wrote it down Give you this jail sentence you'll be Nashville bound
Some got six month some got one solid. Some got one solid year indeed-e Some got six month some got one solid. But me and my buddies all got lifetime here
I wrote a letter I mailed in the air, Mailed it on the air indeed-e I wrote a letter I mailed in the air. You may know by that I've got a friend somewhere
Visions of Johanna
by Bob Dylan
Ain't it just like the night to play tricks when you're tryin' to be so quiet? We sit here stranded, though we're all doin' our best to deny it. And Louise holds a handful of rain temptin' you to defy it. Lights flicker from the opposite loft. In this room the heat pipes just cough. The country music station plays soft, But there's nothing, really nothing, to turn off. Just Louise and her lover so entwined And these visions of Johanna that conquer my mind.
In the empty lot where the ladies play blindman's bluff with the key chain, And the all-night girls they whisper of escapades out on the "D" train. We can hear the night watchman click his flashlight, ask himself if it's him or them that's really insane. But Louise she's alright, she's just near, She's delicate and seems like the mirror, But she just makes it all too concise and too clear That Johanna's not here. The ghost of 'lectricity howls in the bones of her face. Where these visions of Johanna have now taken my place.
Now, little boy lost, he takes himself so seriously. He brags of his misery, he likes to live dangerously, And when bringing her name up he speaks of her farewell kiss to me. He's sure got a lot of gall to be so useless and all, Muttering small talk at the wall while I'm in the hall. Oh, how can I explain? It's so hard to get on And these visions of Johanna, they kept me up past the dawn.
Inside the museums Infinity goes up on trial Voices echo this is what salvation must be like after a while. But even Mona Lisa must have had the highway blues, you can tell by the way she smiles See the primitive wallflower freeze. When the jelly-faced women all sneeze, Hear the one with the mustache say "Jeeze, I can't find my knees." Jewels and binoculars hag from the head of the mule, But these visions of Johanna they make it all seem so cruel.
The peddler now speaks to the countess who's pretending to care for him. Saying "Name me someone that's not a parasite and I'll go out and say a prayer for him." But like Louise always says "Ya can't look at much can ya man?" As she, herself, prepares for him And Madonna she still has not showed, We see this empty cage now corrode, Where her cape of the stage once had flowed, The fiddler, he now steps to the road, He writes ev'rything's been returned which was owed On the back of the fish truck that loads While my conscience explodes. The harmonicas play the skeleton keys and the rain And these visions of Johanna are now all that remain.