Blind Willie McTell

Lyrics: Bob Dylan
Music: Bob Dylan

Played by Phil Lesh and Friends in January 2013.

Seen the arrow on the door post saying this land is condemned
All the way from New Orleans to Jerusalem
I traveled through East Texas where many martyrs fell
And I know one thing, nobody can sing them blues like Blind Willie McTell

Well, I heard the hoot-owl singing as they were taking down the tents
The stars above all the barren trees were his only audience
Yeah, them charcoal gypsy maidens can strut their feathers well
And I know one thing, nobody can sing them blues like Blind Willie McTell

See them big plantations a-burning, can't you hear the cracking of the whips
Smell that sweet magnolia blossom blooming, see the ghosts of the slavery ships
Well, I can hear them tribes a-moanin', I can hear the undertaker's bell
And I know one thing, nobody can sing them blues like Blind Willie McTell

There's a woman she's standing by the river, she is with some fine young handsome man
See he's all dressed just like a squire, he's got bootleg whiskey in his hand
Yeah, there's a chain-gang out on the highway and I can hear them rebels yell
And I know one thing, nobody can sing them blues like Blind Willie McTell

God, oh God is in Heaven and we all want what is His
But the power and greed, the corruptible seed seems to be all that there is
Hey, hey, I'm a-gazing out the window of the St. James Hotel
And I know one thing, nobody can sing them blues like Blind Willie McTell
Hey, hey, I know one thing, nobody can sing them blues like Blind Willie McTell
Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     1991 The Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3 Bob Dylan
     1993 Jericho The Band