I was born one mornin' when the sun didn't shine
In a dump, a rundown shack by the railroad track
down by the riverside, in a crossfire hurricane
and under a bad sign.
Standin' up and talkin' back
Born to be wild
Born to run.

It was the night they torn old Dixie down
Sweet home Chicago, that toddlin' town
They left me there to die or grow
And the straw boss said, well bless my soul
I been down since I began to crawl.
The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls.

My mama done tol' me. Papa was a rolling stone
But I kept on rollin' and controllin' them bones
I was schooled with a strap right across my back,
Learned to spin fortune wheel and throw dice.
I was just thirteen when I had to leave home.
Started writing songs and had to roam.
Ride away from tears and sorrow.
Playin' in a travelin' band.
King of the road.
The leader of the pack.
The wayward wind.
I never looked for trouble but I never ran.
If you want to start a rumble don't you try it all alone.
Honky tonk women give me the honky tonk blues.
When you're hot, you're hot.
Stay off my blue suede shoes.
I am a rock.
Like a rock.
Jailhouse rock.

She won't approve of things I do or what I am and I don't really give a - I understand.
All or nothing at all, half a love never appealed to me
I ain't good lookin' but you know I ain't shy.
Ain't afraid to look a girl in the eye.
Like lightning striking again.
Let me stand next to your fire.
Hard-headed woman
Lay down Sally
Lay, Lady lay
Gimme some lovin'
Let your love flow
Just catch that wave, don't be afraid of loving me
Light my fire
Use me until you use me up
I am the words you are the tune
Let's spend the night together
You can leave your hat on.
But your lovin' don't pay my bills
Why should we let it linger on when the thrill is gone
There must be fifty ways to leave your lover
How insensitive I must have seemed
Time after time
A day in the life of a fool
Now and then there's a fool such as I

I who have nothing
No, you don't know me
I'm a fool to want you
I only have eyes for you
If it takes forever, I will wait for you
You're the reason I'm travelin' on
The last train to Clarksville
Baby, the rain must fall.
And echo in the sounds of silence
Melancholy serenade
The shadow of your smile
There's always something there to remind me
Things we said today

Try to think that love's not around, but it's uncomfortably near
In the heat of the night there's a cold sweat creep 'cross my brow
Down at the end of lonely street
I wish I knew how it would feel to be free
Tall and tan and young and lovely
I've got you under my skin
I'm so into you
You give me fever
Black Magic woman is tryin' to make a devil out of me
Devil woman let go, of me
Loves strange ways
I'm not your steppin' stone
That's no way to say goodbye.

All the burning bridges that have fallen after me
There are patterns I must follow just as I must breathe each breath
Has anybody here seen my old friend John?
All the leaves are brown and the skies are grey
One tin soldier rides away
The falling leaves drift by my window
Round like a circle in a spiral
Chain of fools
Quiet nights of quiet stars
There's a bad moon on the rise
This ain't no technological breakdown
I've seen the future, brother and it's murder
We're on the eve of destruction
We've got a right to be angry
Caught in the crossfire
Walking the tightrope
I am a man of constant sorrow
Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys
I'm older now but still running against the wind
I've really got to use my imagination
To dream the impossible dream
But that's not the shape of my heart
I'll be holdin' on

-sj

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