Song of the Day #1,081: ‘Talkin’ New York’ – Bob Dylan

Ramblin’ outa the wild West
Leavin’ the towns I love the best
Thought I’d seen some ups and downs
’Til I come into New York town
People goin’ down to the ground
Buildings goin’ up to the sky

Wintertime in New York town
The wind blowin’ snow around
Walk around with nowhere to go
Somebody could freeze right to the bone
I froze right to the bone
New York Times said it was the coldest winter in seventeen years
I didn’t feel so cold then

I swung onto my old guitar
Grabbed hold of a subway car
And after a rocking, reeling, rolling ride
I landed up on the downtown side
Greenwich Village

I walked down there and ended up
In one of them coffee-houses on the block
Got on the stage to sing and play
Man there said, “Come back some other day
You sound like a hillbilly
We want folk singers here”

Well, I got a harmonica job, begun to play
Blowin’ my lungs out for a dollar a day
I blowed inside out and upside down
The man there said he loved m’ sound
He was ravin’ about how he loved m’ sound
Dollar a day’s worth

And after weeks and weeks of hangin’ around
I finally got a job in New York town
In a bigger place, bigger money too
Even joined the union and paid m’ dues

Now, a very great man once said
That some people rob you with a fountain pen
It didn’t take too long to find out
Just what he was talkin’ about
A lot of people don’t have much food on their table
But they got a lot of forks ’n’ knives
And they gotta cut somethin’

So one mornin’ when the sun was warm
I rambled out of New York town
Pulled my cap down over my eyes
And headed out for the western skies
So long, New York
Howdy, East Orange

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5 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,081: ‘Talkin’ New York’ – Bob Dylan

  1. I get strange looks from my kids when I listen to songs like this. I love them. Keep the Bob Dylan coming. Thanks.

  2. pegclifton says:

    Great way to end your vacation! Welcome home!

  3. Amy says:

    You’ve managed to find NY songs I never knew existed. As jarring as I found this when it first started, I like it a lot. Thanks for the introduction.

  4. Dana says:

    why are you still doing NY songs and songs without commentaries when you are home? No rest for you! Back to work (on the blog of course):)

    This song is what someone doing a parody of Dylan might do.

  5. Clay says:

    This is the first original Dylan song to appear on one of his albums. It’s the second track from his self-titled debut.

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