Friday, August 21, 2015

Wichita Blues

Son leaves Wichita.
Dad says, "You might catch TB."
Son runs out of cash.

"Wichita Blues," also known as "Goin' to Louisiana," is a song that Bob Dylan recorded during the sessions for the 1963 album "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan," but the song didn't make the final cut. It appears on the first of the "50th Anniversary Collection" copyright extension albums, which was released, as the title indicates, 50 years after the 1962 sessions for the album.

And when I left Wichita the weather was blowin' free
And when I left Wichita the wind was blowing free
Well, my poppa said, "Son, Watch out, you might catch that old T.B"
When I landed in West Memphis, Lord, I never had a dime.
When I landed in West Memphis, Lord, I never had a dime.
Operator said, "Son, you ain't no friend of mine."
Operator, operator Let a poor boy ride.
Operator, operator, oh Let a poor boy ride.
Can't you see my standing here, how tears are running down my eyes.
[...] let me ride your train
[...] let me ride your train
Lord, I'm standing in the weather, Lord, clouds look like it will rain.
Going down to Louisiana where that green river runs
Going down to Louisiana where that green river runs
Lord, I just went out, my ramblin' is just begun.
And when I left Wichita the weather was blowin' free
And when I left Wichita the wind was blowing free
Well, my poppa said, "Son, Watch out, you might catch that old T.B"

Slightly different lyrics here:




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