Subject: New Dylan Lyrics
Date: 28 May 96 20:34:45 EDT

Hey All,
As promised looong ago, I am going to transcribe the lyrics to the collabration of Bob Dylan and Gerry Goffin. Better late than never. There are two songs, Tragedy of the Trade and Masquerade. Tragedy is credited to Dylan, Goffin, and Barry Goldberg. Masquerade is Dylan/Goffin. The album is titled _Back Room Blood_. Instrument and/or vocal contributions are not listed. Bob is listed as CO-Producer for Masquerade.

Tragedy of the Trade (Goffin, Goldberg, Dylan)

A young girl dies in the gutter face down
Taxi driver pulls up to the curb, dies without a sound
Copin' a squad car ridin' round is nowhere to be found
Each one has seen his last
But we must let it pass
Too much money to be made
The tragedy of the trade
And if you don't give ice to the mob
Life around here gets awful hard
You're likely to lose more than just a job
And if that aint bad enough
Times are getting so tough
Most people beggin to be underpaid
The tragedy of the trade
Young man working for the fast food store
Ses a recuiting poster and goes off to war
I don't think he ever knew what he was fighting for
They play Taps and lower the flag
When they bring him home in a body bag
But don't you be dismayed
It's just the tragedy of the trade
A baby cries in the ghetto morn'
Before he's five he'll wish he'd never been born
'Cause all society shows him is their hatred and their scorn
He knows he doesn't stand a chance
So he grows up with a gangster's stance
Just one more reason to be afraid
The tragedy of the trade
Remember the hum of the factory town
Business was booming
fo a thousand miles around
But they farmed out the work
and let so many people down
I hear it happened just recently
Another change in our history
The billionaire's promenade
The tragedy of the trade
The trade takes place around the world
on a derelict street
Where the masters and the slaves
often congregate to meet
They make deals - turn the big wheels
With starving children dying at their feet
The world's been run with Backroom Blood
Long before the time of the flood
And it's you who are betrayed
The tragedy of the trade
If you still have innocence, better lock it in a vault
Once it was a virtue, but now it's a fault
Too many people waiting around
just to rip you off
And as I understand
No one really gives a damn
It's not a game, but that's the way it's played
The scales of justice have really never been weighed
The tragedy of the trade.

Masquerade (Goffin/Dylan)

Hey what's your name
hey what's your game
if you put me down I'll do the same
send horror shows to friends you know
cause that's the way things often tend to go
I'm at a loss to entertain
you see the cells are paralyzed inside my brain
I bid adieu to all of you
I think it's time to end this masquerade
Now life was sweet till they called the heat
the county jail has just reserved a two room suite
how do they get to be such drags
I just can't figure out what's behind their bags
one thing I know without fail
white man's justice will prevail
Buona Notta Aufwiedersehen
I think it's time to end this masquerade
I forgot to milk the cow
but I don't wanna do it now
like to sleep for a hunder years
till' this old world just disappears
And so to end this grand affair
I hear the the commander in chief was even there
he worked so hard he broke his back
but Ronald Reagan was sleepin' in his sack
the Hard-ons are in
with nothin' to win
it's the same old show
Buenos Diae Auroueit it's a rodeo
I think it's time to end this masquerade

That's EXACTLY how the lyrics are printed. Bob Dylan's publishing company is listed as "Special Writer Music", not "Special RIDER Music". Hmmmm?

As always,

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