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Doc Hodges: Songs

Tell Ol' Bill

(Doc Hodges)
December 11, 2010
Bob Dylan

Doc Hodges performing Bob Dylan's "Tell Ol' Bill" on the CD, "Positively Pikes Peak - The Pikes Peak Region Sings Bob Dylan. Order the CD at http://www.positivelypikespeak.com

 

The river whispers in my ear
I've hardly a penny to my name
The heavens have never seemed so near
And, all of my body glows with flame

The tempest struggles in the air
And to myself alone I sing
It could sink me then and there
I can hear the echoes ring

I try to find one smilin' face
To drive the shadows from my head
I'm stranded in this nameless place
Lyin' restless in a heavy bed

Tell me straight out if you will
Why must you torture me within?
Why must you come down off of your high hill?
Throw my fate to the clouds and wind

Far away in a silent land
Secret thoughts are hard to bear
Remember me, you'll understand
Emotions we can never share

You trampled on me as you passed
Left the coldest kiss upon my brow
All of my doubts and fears have gone at last
I've nothing more to tell you now

I walk by tranquil lakes and streams
As each new season's dawn awaits
I lay awake at night with troubled dreams
The enemy is at the gate

Beneath the thunder blasted trees
The words are ringin' off your tongue
The ground is hard in times like these
The stars are cold, the night is young

The rocks are bleak, the trees are bare
Iron clouds go floating by
Snowflakes fallin' in my hair
Beneath the gray and stony sky

The evenin' sun is sinkin' low
The woods are dark, the town is too
They'll drag you down, they run the show
Ain't no telling what they'll do

Tell ol' Bill when he comes home
That anything is worth a try
Tell him that I'm not alone
And, that the hour has come to do or die

All the world I would defy
Let me make it plain as day
I look at you now and I sigh
How could it be any other way?