Hill And Gully Run

Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Robert Hunter

A song Hunter introduced on his fall 1997 solo tour. Any help deciphering the lyrics gratefully received - they seem to vary quote a bit.

This is the version from 25 September 1997:

Walking in Jerusalem just like John
Pop goes the weasel, another man gone
The streets of the city are paved with gold
Wheels turn round but the brakes on hold
I don't wanna be the one to spoil your fun
But we might have to jump before the light is done
Hill and gully run

Way down yonder in the new lost city sun
I'm fifteen miles from the kingdom come
Ain't no bed of roses when it's said and done
Hill and gully run

Some folks turn the heat down
Shake, rattle and cough
Ijust let my heater run
Till the gasman turns it off

Way down yonder in the new lost city sun
Hill and gully run

Standing in a puddle on [sweet shop] lane
Singing Hully Gully in the pouring rain
All my washing on the line
Plays that way every time
Might as well stick out my thumb and head
Back where I started from
Hill and gully run

Way down yonder in the new lost city sun
Fifteen hundred miles south of kingdom come
Ain't no bed of roses when it's said and done
Hill and gully run

Some folks take the medicine
Others taste the pain
Don't ask me what I said again
The answer's still the same

Way down yonder in the new lost city sun
Hill and gully run

Thrown into battle in a government clothes
Singing Hully Gully through a broken nose
[All this I'd] like a New Year's bash
I'd save the world but I'm short on cash
I'd love to do it if it could be done
Without getting out of bed before half past one
Hill and gully run

Way down yonder in the new lost city sun
I'm fifteen hundred miles from the kingdom come
Ain't no bed of roses when it's said and done
Hill and gully run

In the new lost city sun
Looking in another man's mirror
[Bucket of slime] with a deadline
[? drawing near]

Way down yonder in the city sun
Hill and gully run

Catch a cab you might beat the train
You save five minute's but what do you gain
[Hey down the .. straight]
A nine pound hammer on my plate
You can score six for the price of one
But that's no return when the deal is done
Hill and gully run

Way down yonder in the new lost city sun
I'm fifteen miles from the kingdom come
Ain't no bed of roses when it's said and done
Hill and gully run

Hill and gully run
Hill and gully run
This is the version from 2 April 1998 (with the main differences noted in italics):
Sam met Eddie on the midnight run
Sam got a switchblade, Eddie a gun
Di got a suitcase packed with lace
Strange expression on her face
[Sarah with a hat don't] beat of the sun
On the face of the hill and gully run
Hill and gully run


Way down yonder in the new lost city sun
Fifteen hundred miles from the kingdom come
Ain't no bed of roses when it's said and done
Hill and gully run

Walking in Jerusalem just like John
Pop goes the weasel, another man gone
The streets of the city are paved with gold
Wheels turn down but the brakes on hold
I don't wanna be the one to spoil your fun
But we might have to bail before the light is done
Hill and gully run

Way down yonder in the new lost city sun
I'm fifteen hundred miles from the kingdom come
Ain't no bed of roses when it's said and done
Hill and gully run

Some folks turn the heat down
Shake, rattle and cough
I just let my heater run
Till the gasman turns it off

Way down yonder in the new lost city sun
Hill and gully run

Standing in a puddle on [sweet shop] lane
Singing Hully Gully in the pouring rain
All my washing on the line
Plays that way every time
Might as well stick out my thumb and head
Back where I started from
Hill and gully run

Way down yonder in the new lost city sun
Eighteen hundred miles south of kingdom come
Ain't no bed of roses when it's said and done
Hill and gully run

Some folks take the medicine
Others take the pain
Don't ask me what I said again
The answer's still the same

Way down yonder in the new lost city sun
Hill and gully run

Marching into battle in a government clothes
Singing Hully Gully through a broken nose
[Tenements revolve] like a New Year's bash
I'd save the world but I'm short on cash
I'd love to do it if it could be done
Without getting out of bed before half past one
Hill and gully run

Way down yonder in the new lost city sun
Eighteen hundred miles south of the kingdom come
Ain't no bed of roses when it's said and done
Hill and gully run

In the new lost city time
Staring in another man's mirror
Bucket of slime with a byline
His deadline drawing near


Way down yonder in the new lost city sun
Hill and gully run

Catch a cab, you might beat the train
You save five minute's but what do you gain
Check my course and [sell] you straight
Lay a nine pound hammer on my plate
You get half a dozen for the price of one
But that's no return when the deal is done
Hill and gully run

Sam met Eddie on the midnight run
Sam got a switchblade, Eddie a gun
Di got a suitcase packed with lace
Strange expression on her face
I don't want to have to be the one
To straighten you up when the party's done
Hill and gully run


Way down yonder in the new lost city sun
I'm fifteen hundred miles from the kingdom come
Ain't no bed of roses when it's said and done
Hill and gully run

Might have to borrow a flashlight
It's dark at the end of the turn
You're shining that candle much too hard
You got no wick left to burn


Way down yonder in the new lost city sun
Hill and gully run
Hill and gully run
Hill and gully run
Hill and gully run

 


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