Wednesday, June 10, 2015

I'd Hate to Be You on That Dreadful Day

Get right with Jesus;
Judgment day is no picnic
For lifelong sinners.

I'm assuming, admittedly, that this is a song about repenting in time before the gods tell you that you waited too long. But I don't really know. Here's the breakdown of "I'd Hate to Be You on That Dreadful Day," which Dylan recorded as a demo for the Witmark publishing company in 1964.

1. St. Peter will tell you it's too late when your clock stops and you visit him.
2. Sweats and nightmares.
3. The pills you will want that day will cost too much to buy.
4. You'll walk instead of drive. Everybody will know just who you are.
5. Wine's 5 cents a quart. You only have 4. (Preview of "Subterranean Homesick Blues")
6. You should have listened when you had a chance.



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