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Bob Dylan - Subterranean Homesick Blues

Cooper Dawson
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Johnny's in the basement Mixing up the medicine I'm on the pavement Thinking about the government The man in the trench coat Badge out, laid off Says he's got a bad cough Wants to get it paid off Look out kid It's somethin' you did God knows when But you're doing it again You better duck down the alley way Lookin' for a new friend A man in the coonskin cap, in the pig pen Wants eleven dollar bills, you only got ten

Maggie comes fleet foot Face full of black soot Talkin' that the heat put Plants in the bed but The phone's tapped anyway Maggie says that many say They must bust in early May Orders from the D.A. Look out kid Don't matter what you did Walk on your tip toes Don't tie no bows Better stay away from those That carry around a fire hose Keep a clean nose Watch the plain clothes You don't need a weather man To know which way the wind blows
Oh, get sick, get well Hang around a ink well Hang bail, hard to tell If anything is goin' to sell Try hard, get barred Get back, write braille Get jailed, jump bail Join the army, if you fail Look out kid You're gonna get hit But losers, cheaters Six-time users Hang around the theaters Girl by the whirlpool Lookin' for a new fool Don't follow leaders, watch the parkin' meters
Oh, get born, keep warm Short pants, romance Learn to dance, get dressed, get blessed Try to be a success Please her, please him, buy gifts Don't steal, don't lift Twenty years of schoolin' And they put you on the day shift Look out kid They keep it all hid Better jump down a manhole Light yourself a candle Don't wear sandals Try to avoid the scandals Don't want to be a bum You better chew gum The pump don't work 'Cause the vandals took the handles
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  1. What is Bob Dylan trying to say through his song?
  2. How would you summarize the meaning of his lyrics?
  3. What types of emotions does this song evoke?

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