Highwater lyrics

Words and music by bob dylan

Highwater risin, rising night and day
All the gold and silver are being stolen away
Big joe turner looking east and west from the dark room of his mind
He made it to kansas city, twelfth street and vine
Nothin standing there
Highwater everywhere

Highwater rising the shacks are sliding down
Folks lose their possessions, the folks are leaving town
Reformation shook it, broke it, then she hung it on the wall
Say you dancin with whom they tell you to or you dont dance at all
Its tough out there
Highwater everywhere

I got a craven love for blazin speed
I got a hopped up mustang ford
Jump into the wagon, love
Throw your panties overboard
I can write you poems, make a strong man lose his mind
Im no pig without a wig, I hope you treat me kind
Things are breakin up out there
Highwater everywhere

Highwater rising, six inches above my head
Coffins droppin in the street like balloons made out of lead
Water poured into vicksburg, dont know what Im gonna do
Dont reach out for me, she said, cant you see Im drowning too
Its rough out there
Highwater everywhere

Well, george lewes told the englishman, the italian and the jew
You cant open up your mind, boys, to every conceivable point of view
They got charles darwin trapped out there on highway 5
Judge says to the high sheriff, I want them dead or alive
Either one, I dont care
Highwater everywhere

Well, the cuckoo is a pretty bird, she warbles as she flies
Im preachin the word of god, Im puttin out your eyes
I asked fat nancy for somethn to eat, she said take it off the shelf
As great as you are man, youll never be greater than yourself
I told her I didnt really care
Highwater everywhere

I get up in the mornin, I believe Ill dust my broom
Keepin away from the women, Im givin them lots of room
Thunder rollin over clarksdale, everythin a-lookin blue
I just cant be happy, love, unless youre happy too
Its bad out there
Highwater everywhere

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What do you think is the meaning of Highwater by Bob Dylan?