Bob Dylan – Talkin' World War III Blues Lyrics

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[Verse 1]
Some time ago a crazy dream came to me
I dreamed I was walking into World War Three
I went to the doctor the very next day
To see what kind of words he could say
He said it was a bad dream
I wouldn’t worry about it none, though
They were my own dreams and they’re only in my head

[Verse 2]
I said, “Hold it, Doc, a World War passed through my brain”
He said, “Nurse, get your pad, this boy’s insane”
He grabbed my arm, I said, “Ouch!”
As I landed on the psychiatric couch
He said, “Tell me about it”

[Verse 3]
Well, the whole thing started at 3 o’clock fast
It was all over by quarter past
I was down in the sewer with some little lover
When I peeked out from a manhole cover
Wondering who turned the lights on

[Verse 4]
Well, I got up and walked around
And up and down the lonesome town
I stood a-wondering which way to go
I lit a cigarette on a parking meter and walked on down the road
It was a normal day

[Verse 4]
Well, I rung the fallout shelter bell
And I leaned my head and I gave a yell
“Give me a string bean, I’m a hungry man”
A shotgun fired and away I ran
I don’t blame them too much though, I know I look funny


[Verse 5]
Down at the corner by a hot-dog stand
I seen a man
I said, “Howdy friend, I guess there’s just us two”
He screamed a bit and away he flew
Thought I was a Communist


[Verse 6]
Well, I spied a girl and before she could leave
“Let’s go and play Adam and Eve”
I took her by the hand and my heart it was thumping
When she said, “Hey man, you crazy or thumping
You see what happened last time they started”

[Verse 7]
Well, I seen a Cadillac window uptown
And there was nobody around
I got into the driver’s seat
And I drove down 42nd Street
In my Cadillac
Good car to drive after a war


[Verse 8]
Well, I remember seeing some ad
So I turned on my Conelrad
But I didn’t pay my Con Ed bill
So the radio didn’t work so well
Turned on my record player—
It was
Rock-a-day Johnny singing, “Tell Your Ma, Tell Your Pa
Our Love’s A-going to Grow Ooh-wah, Ooh-wah”


[Verse 9]
I was feeling kind of lonesome and blue
I needed somebody to talk to
So I called up the operator of time
Just to hear a voice of some kind
“When you hear the beep it will be three o’clock”
She said that for over an hour
And I hung up

[Verse 10]
Well, the doctor interrupted me just about then
Saying, “Hey I’ve been having the same old dreams
But mine was a little different you see
I dreamed that the only person left after the war was me
I didn’t see you around


[Verse 11]
Well, now time passed and now it seems
Everybody’s having them dreams
Everybody sees themselves
Walking around with no one else
Half of the people can be part right all of the time
Some of the people can be all right part of the time
But all of the people can’t be all right all of the time

I think Abraham Lincoln said that
“I’ll let you be in my dreams if I can be in yours”
I said that

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