ballad of hollis brown lyrics – bob dylan

hollis brown,
he lived on the outside of town.
hollis brown,
he lived on the outside of town,
with his wife and five children,
and his cabin fallin down.

you looked for work and money,
and you walked a rugged mile.
you looked for work and money,
and you walked a rugged mile.
your children are so hungry
that they don’t know how to smile

your babys eyes look crazy.
they’re a-tuggin at your sleeve.
your babys eyes look crazy.
they’re a-tuggin at your sleeve.
you walk the floor and wonder why
with every breath you breathe.

the rats have got your flour,
bad blood it got your mare.
the rats have got your flour,
bad blood it got your mare.
if there’s anyone that knows,
is there anyone that cares?

you prayed to the lord above,
oh please send you a friend!
you prayed to the lord above,
oh please send you a friend!
your empty pockets tell you,
that you aint a-got no friend

your babies are crying louder,
its pounding on your brain.
your babies are crying louder, now,
its pounding on your brain.
your wife screams are stabbin’ you
like the dirty drivin’ rain

your gr*ss it is turning black,
there’s no water in your well.
your gr*ss is turning black,
there’s no water in your well.
you spent your last one dollar
on seven shotgun sh*lls.

way out in the wilderness,
a cold coyote calls.
way out in the wilderness,
a cold coyote calls.
your eyes fix on the shotgun
thats hanging on the wall

your brain is a-bleedin,
and your legs cant seem to stand.
your brain is a-bleedin,
and your legs cant seem to stand.
your eyes fix on the shotgun
that you’re holdin in your hand.

theres seven breezes a-blowin
all around the cabin door.
theres seven breezes a-blowin
all around the cabin door.
seven shots ring out
like the oceans pounding roar.

there’re seven people dead,
on a south dakota farm.
there’re seven people dead,
on a south dakota farm.
somewhere in the distance,
there’re seven new people born

/ bob dylan lyrics