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  •  It's All Over Now Baby Blue (4+ / 0-)
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    Ed Tracey, melo, orlbucfan, raincrow

    As mentioned, he did great Dylan covers. Remember going through my older sister's albums in the 70s and discovering this when I was just discovering Dylan as well. Like all Dylan songs, many interpretations. Very Democratic that way. Great psychological road map if you are going through a transition in your life. Think I remember reading that it was specifically written about a friend Dylan had who committed suicide. Then you see in interviews that he had said it was about a variety of different things. Anyways, farewell to Mr. Havens as he goes through the final transition.

    You must leave now, take what you need, you think will last.
    But whatever you wish to keep, you better grab it fast.
    Yonder stands your orphan with his gun,
    Crying like a fire in the sun.
    Look out the saints are comin' through
    And it's all over now, Baby Blue.

    The highway is for gamblers, better use your sense.
    Take what you have gathered from coincidence.
    The empty-handed painter from your streets
    Is drawing crazy patterns on your sheets.
    This sky, too, is folding under you
    And it's all over now, Baby Blue.

    All your seasick sailors, they are rowing home.
    All your reindeer armies, are all going home.
    The lover who just walked out your door
    Has taken all his blankets from the floor.
    The carpet, too, is moving under you
    And it's all over now, Baby Blue.

    Leave your stepping stones behind, something calls for you.
    Forget the dead you've left, they will not follow you.
    The vagabond who's rapping at your door
    Is standing in the clothes that you once wore.
    Strike another match, go start anew
    And it's all over now, Baby Blue.

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