JUST LIKE TOM THUMB'S BLUES
(Bob Dyan) 1965
Gordon Lightfoot 1993
When you're lost in the rain in Juarez and it's Eastertime too
When your gravity fails and negativity don't pull you through
Don't put on any airs when you're down on Rue Morgue Avenue,
They got some hungry women there and they really make a mess outa you.
Sweet Melinda, the peasants call her the goddess of Doom,
She speaks good English and she invites you up into her room.
And you're so kind, too careful not to go to her too soon
Then she steals your voice and leaves you howling at the moon.
Up on Housing Project Hill it's either fortune or fame
You must pick one or the other though neither of them is what they claim
If you're lookin' to get silly you'd better go back to from where you came
Because the cops don't need you and man they expect the same.
I started out on burgundy then I hit the harder stuff
Everybody said they'd stand behind me when the game got rough
But the joke was on me - there was nobody there to even call my bluff
I'm goin' back to New York City I do believe I've had enough
I'm goin' back to New York City I do believe I've had enough.
(Transcribed by David Story - April 2013)