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Subterranean Homesick Blues
Bob Dylan Lyrics

Johnny's in the basement
Mixing up the medicine
I'm on the pavement
Thinking about the government
The man in the trench coat
Badge out, laid off
Says he's got a bad cough
Wants to get it paid off
Look out kid
It's somethin' you did
God knows when
But you're doing it again
You better duck down the alley way
Lookin' for a new friend
A man in the coonskin cap, in the pig pen
Wants eleven dollar bills, you only got ten

Maggie comes fleet foot
Face full of black soot
Talkin' that the heat put
Plants in the bed but
The phone's tapped anyway
Maggie says that many say
They must bust in early May
Orders from the D.A. Look out kid
Don't matter what you did
Walk on your tip toes
Don't tie no bows
Better stay away from those
That carry around a fire hose
Keep a clean nose
Watch the plain clothes
You don't need a weather man
To know which way the wind blows

Oh, get sick, get well
Hang around a ink well
Hang bail, hard to tell
If anything is goin' to sell
Try hard, get barred
Get back, write braille
Get jailed, jump bail
Join the army, if you fail
Look out kid
You're gonna get hit
But losers, cheaters
Six-time users
Hang around the theaters
Girl by the whirlpool
Lookin' for a new fool
Don't follow leaders, watch the parkin' meters

Oh, get born, keep warm
Short pants, romance
Learn to dance, get dressed, get blessed
Try to be a success
Please her, please him, buy gifts
Don't steal, don't lift
Twenty years of schoolin'
And they put you on the day shift
Look out kid
They keep it all hid
Better jump down a manhole
Light yourself a candle
Don't wear sandals
Try to avoid the scandals
Don't want to be a bum
You better chew gum
The pump don't work
'Cause the vandals took the handles

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: BOB DYLAN

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

Brian Sammond

@coopboulton "It is an artistic film piece that goes with the music." Like Fantasia?

The Dylan video above is just one piece of a larger documentary, D. A. Pennebaker's film "Dont Look Back", a documentary on Dylan's 1965 tour of England.

The Beatles "Hard Day's Night" movie came out earlier, and there were numerous such short clips in that film that fit the format of what would be called a music video, including a mix of them playing music and them just being in the video, acting, goofing around whatever, with the music as backing, notably the opening scene and the scenes of them frolicking to "Can't Buy Me Love".

Here are all the music videos from that film (starts with opening scene) (Can't Buy Me Love)

If you are trying to win an argument for this being the first music video, you won't win.

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ishnum munshi

That is so fucking cool you need a new adjective to describe cool


how about "Dylan"

Wayne S


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Mark Collins

Original rapper.


Wittgenstein moment

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Annie Gurl

Who else is here because they love Bob Dylan and they’re bored at 1am


It’s 1:41

David Willborn

I was watching at 1:06 am lol

orion lleyessa

Haha, me!

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