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Monday, January 10, 2011

The Holy Kiss that's supposed to last eternity



Yesterday was Joan Baez's 70th birthday. I've always liked her, saw her once when she played at my college. Here are a few of her songs I especially like, lyrics below the videos .....

- Love Is Just a Four-Letter Word ....


- The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down ....


- Forever Young ....


Love Is Just a Four-Letter Word (written by Bob Dylan)
Seems like only yesterday
I left my mind behind
Down in the Gypsy Café
With a friend of a friend of mine
She sat with a baby heavy on her knee
Yet spoke of life most free from slavery
With eyes that showed no trace of misery
A phrase in connection first with she I heard
That love is just a four-letter word

Outside a rambling store-front window
Cats meowed 'til the break of day
Me, I kept my mouth shut,
To you I had no words to say
My experience was limited and underfed
You were talking while I hid
To the one who was the father of your kid
You probably didn't think I did, but I heard
You say that love is just a four-letter word

I said goodbye unnoticed
Pushed towards things in my own games
Drifting in and out of lifetimes
Unmentionable by name
After searching for my double, looking for
Complete evaporation to the core
Though I tried and failed at finding any door
I must have thought that there was nothing more absurd
Than that love is just a four-letter word

Though I never knew just what you meant
When you were speaking to your man
I could only think in terms of me
And now I understand
After waking enough times to think I see
The Holy Kiss that's supposed to last eternity
Blow up in smoke, its destiny
Falls on strangers, travels free
Yes, I know now, traps are only set by me
And I do not really need to be assured
That love is just a four-letter word

Strange it is to be beside you, many years the tables turned
You'd probably not believe me if told you all I've learned
And it is very very weird, indeed
To hear words like "forever" plead
so ships run through my mind I cannot cheat
it's like looking in a teacher's face complete
I can say nothing to you but repeat what I heard
That love is just a four-letter word.

The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (written by Robbie Robertson)
Virgil Cane is my name and I drove on the Danville train
Till Stonewall's calvary came and tore up the tracks again
In the winter of '65, we were hungry, just barely alive
I took the train to Richmond, it fell
It was a time I remember oh, so well...

The night they drove old Dixie down
And all the bells were ringing
The night they drove old Dixie down
And all the people were singing, they went
Na... na na na na na... na na, na na, na na... Na na na...

Back with my wife in Tennessee and one day she said to me,
"Virgil, quick, come see, there goes the Robert E. Lee"
Now I don't mind 'em chopping wood
And I don't care if the money's no good
Just take what you need and leave the rest
But they should never have taken the very best...

The night they drove old Dixie down
And all the bells were ringing
The night they drove old Dixie down
And all the people were singing, they went
Na... na na na na na... na na, na na, na na... Na na na...

Like my father before me... I'm a working man
And like my brother before me, I took a Rebel stand
Well he was just eighteen, proud and brave
But a yankee laid him in his grave
I swear by the blood, below my feet
You can't raise a Cane back up, when it's in defeat...

The night they drove old Dixie down
And all the bells were ringing
The night they drove old Dixie down
And all the people were singing, they went
Na... na na na na na... na na, na na, na na... Na na na...

Forever Young (written by Bob Dylan)
May God bless and keep you always,
May your wishes all come true,
May you always do for others
And let others do for you.
May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung,
May you stay forever young,
Forever young, forever young,
May you stay forever young.

May you grow up to be righteous,
May you grow up to be true,
May you always know the truth
And see the lights surrounding you.
May you always be courageous,
Stand upright and be strong,
May you stay forever young,
Forever young, forever young,
May you stay forever young.

May your hands always be busy,
May your feet always be swift,
May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of changes shift.
May your heart always be joyful,
May your song always be sung,
May you stay forever young,
Forever young, forever young,
May you stay forever young.


1 Comments:

Blogger Deacon Denny said...

Yeah, I LOVE Joan Baez. I read a book some 35 years ago about her -- don't know whether it was a biography or an autobiography -- but in it she explained her belief in non-violence in very easy-to-understand terms. I love her voice & love her convictions. Sometimes I'll troll around on U-Tube listening to her music. Thanks for posting some of it.

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