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I'm Not There
Bob Dylan and The Band Lyrics

Thing's all right and she's all too tight
In my neighborhood she cries both day and night
I know it because I was there
It's a milestone but she's down on her luck
And she's daily salooning about to make her hard earned buck
I was there

I believe where she'd stop him if she wants time to care
I believe that she'd look upon beside him to care
And I'd go by the Lord and when she's on my way
But I don't belong there

No, I don't belong to her, I don't belong to anybody
She's my Christ forsaken angel but she don't hear me cry
She's a lone hearted mystic and she can't carry on
When I'm there she's alright but then she's not when I'm gone

Heaven knows that the answer, she's don't calling no one
She's the way, her sailing beauty for she's mine for the one
And I lost her hesitating by temptation lest it runs
But she don't holler me but I'm not there, I'm gone

Now I'll cry tonight like I cried the night before
And I'm released on the heights in but I'll dream about the door
It's alone, she's forsaken by her fate, worse to tell
"It don't have approximation", she smiled, "Fare thee well"

Now when I?ll teach that lady I was born to love her
But she knows that the kingdom waits so high above her
And I run but I race but it's not too fast or slow
But I don't perceive her, I'm not there, I'm gone

Well, it's all about confusion and I cry for her
Well, I don't need anybody now beside me to tell
And it?s all affirmation I receive but it?s not
She's adorned by the beauty but she don't like the spot and she won't

Yes, she's gone like the rainbow that shined yesterday
But now she's home beside me and I'd like her here to stay
She's a lone forsaken beauty and it's don't trust anyone
I wish I was beside her but I'm not there, I'm gone

Well, it's too hard to stay here and I don't want to leave
It?s so bad but amusing when she's hard, too hard to leave
It?s a load, it?s a crime the way she haunt me around
But she told, ?won't you hate me?? but [Incomprehensible]

Yes, I believe that it?s rightful, oh, I believe it in my mind
I been told like I said when I before carry on the grind
And she's on yet she told her like I said, ?Carry on?
I wish I was there to help her but I'm not there, I'm gone

Written by: BOB DYLAN

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not the original but this is the best version the Gestapo has yet to take down


God Nose bless you, baby


thanks my Man, this was the only time we ever tried to play the tune-- live on the radio

David Carpenter

Well, this just goes to show how good Bob is as a performer. I do not know why his singing is so superb, but he just has it. It. This guy doesn't, and turns a great song into, what? Made me a bit sad.

robert Verderese

phenomenal; very affecting bro.--nice work!!

Lucy Infante

Very lonely sad song. I liked it!! Thank you.


Hampus, No the song by Dylan and the Band is from 1967 but the original title of the song is, "I'm Not There (1956)"


Bob Dylan's version of this song is finally getting official release this November on The Complete Basement Tapes.  Just announced today on 


i like the original bootleg recording way better! even if it was uncomplete


What was it that Beefheart sang "I gotta eat and drink and sleep and I'm a slave"

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