BALLAD IN PLAIN D
Bob Dylan - 1964
I once loved a girl, her skin it
With the innocence of a lamb, she
was gentle like a fawn.
I courted her proudly but now she
Gone as the season she's taken.
Through young summer's breeze,
I stole her away From her mother
though close did they stay.
Each one of them suffering from
the failures of their day,
With strings of guilt they tried
hard to guide us.
Of the two sisters, I loved the
With sensitive instincts, she was
the creative one.
The constant scapegoat, she was
By the jealousy of others around
For her parasite sister, I had
Bound by her boredom, her pride
Countless visions of the other
As a crutch for her scenes and
Myself, for what I did, I cannot
The changes I was going through
can't even be used,
For the lies that I told her in
hopes not to lose
The could-be dream-lover of my
With unknown consciousness, I
possessed in my grip
A magnificent mantelpiece, though
its heart being chipped,
Noticing not that I'd already
To a sin of love's false
From silhouetted anger to
Answers of emptiness, voice
Till the tombstones of damage read
no questions but, "Please,
What's wrong and what's exactly
And so it did happen like it could
have been foreseen,
The timeless explosion of
At the peak of the night, the king
and the queen
Tumbled all down into pieces.
"The tragic figure!" her sister
"Leave her alone, God damn you,
And I in my armor, turning about
And nailing her to the ruins of
Beneath a bare light bulb the
plaster did pound
Her sister and I in a screaming
And she in between, the victim
Soon shattered as a child 'neath
All is gone, all is gone, admit
it, take flight.
I gagged twice, doubled, tears
blinding my sight
My mind it was mangled, I ran into
Leaving all of love's ashes behind
The wind knocks my window, the room
it is wet.
The words to say I'm sorry, I
haven't found yet.
I think of her often and hope
whoever she's met
Will be fully aware of how precious
Ah, my friends from the prison,
they ask unto me,
"How good, how good does it feel
to be free?"
And I answer them most
"Are birds free from the chains of