Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Blood in My Eyes

Man pays a woman
For a date. She won't be rushed.
He reclaims his cash.

Here's the story of a man who sees a pretty woman and asks if they can make love. To prove his attraction, he goes home and puts on his tie and brings her back all the money that he can find. You begin to suspect that this is a financial arrangement. She asks if he can slow down, but he says he can't wait. Not only that, he begins to suspect that she's about to take the money and not hold up her end of the deal, so he asks for his money back.

It's almost possible to do a song like this as comedy, but Dylan plays it hard and straight, nearly desperate. It was released on the second of his two solo acoustic covers albums, "World Gone Wrong," in 1993.

Woke up this morning, feeling blue,
Seen a good-lookin' girl, can I make love with you?
Hey, hey, babe, I got blood in my eyes for you,
Hey, hey, babe, I got blood in my eyes for you.
I got blood in my eyes for you, babe,
I don't care what in the world you do.

I went back home, put on my tie,
Gonna get that girl that money that money will buy.
Hey, hey, babe, I got blood in my eyes for you,
Hey, hey, babe, I got blood in my eyes for you.
I got blood in my eyes for you, babe,
I don't care what in the world you do.

She looked at me, begin to smile,
Said, "Hey, hey, man, can't you wait a little while?"
No, no, babe, I got blood in my eyes for you,
No, no, babe, I got blood in my eyes for you.
Got blood in my eyes for you, babe,
I don't care what in the world you do.

No, no, ma'ma, I can't wait,
You got my money, now you're trying to break this date.
Hey, hey, babe, I got blood in my eyes for you,
Hey, hey, babe, I got blood in my eyes for you.
I got blood in my eyes for you, babe,
I don't care what in the world you do.

I tell you something, tell you the facts,
You don't want me, give my money back.
Hey, hey, babe, I got blood in my eyes for you,
Hey, hey, babe, I got blood in my eyes for you.
I got blood in my eyes for you, babe,

I don't care what in the world you do.

The doleful lyrics and tone of the video make an interesting contrast to the free-form narrative, which shows Dylan out on the street in a top hat and gloves, signing autographs and generally being kind to fans and strangers on the street. It's quite sweet.



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