Words and music by bob dylanHighwater risin’, rising night and dayAll the gold and silver are being stolen awayBig joe turner looking east and west from the dark room of his mindHe made it to kansas city, twelfth street and vineNothin’ standing thereHighwater everywhereHighwater rising the shacks are sliding downFolks lose their possessions, the folks are leaving townReformation shook it, broke it, then she hung it on the wallSay you dancin’ with whom they tell you to or you don’t dance at allIt’s tough out thereHighwater everywhereI got a craven love for blazin’ speedI got a hopped up mustang fordJump into the wagon, loveThrow your panties overboardI can write you poems, make a strong man lose his mindI’m no pig without a wig, I hope you treat me kindThings are breakin’ up out thereHighwater everywhereHighwater rising, six inches above my headCoffins droppin’ in the street like balloons made out of leadWater poured into vicksburg, don’t know what I’m gonna doDon’t reach out for me, she said, can’t you see I’m drowning tooIt’s rough out thereHighwater everywhereWell, george lewes told the englishman, the italian and the jewYou can’t open up your mind, boys, to every conceivable point of viewThey got charles darwin trapped out there on highway 5Judge says to the high sheriff, I want them dead or aliveEither one, I don’t careHighwater everywhereWell, the cuckoo is a pretty bird, she warbles as she fliesI’m preachin’ the word of god, I’m puttin’ out your eyesI asked fat nancy for someth’n’ to eat, she said take it off the shelfAs great as you are man, you’ll never be greater than yourselfI told her I didn’t really careHighwater everywhereI get up in the mornin’, I believe I’ll dust my broomKeepin’ away from the women, I’m givin’ them lots of roomThunder rollin’ over clarksdale, everythin’ a-lookin’ blueI just can’t be happy, love, unless you’re happy tooIt’s bad out thereHighwater everywhere
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