the walls of redwing lyrics – joan baez

(originally by bob dylan)

oh, the age of the inmates
i remember quite freely:
no younger than twelve,
no older ‘n seventeen.
thrown in like bandits
and cast off like criminals,
inside the walls,
the walls of red wing.

from the dirty old mess hall
you march to the brick wall,
too weary to talk
and too tired to sing.
oh, it’s all afternoon
you remember your home town,
inside the walls,
the walls of red wing.

oh, the gates are cast iron
and the walls are barbed wire.
stay far from the fence
with the ‘lectricity sting.
and it’s keep down your head
and stay in your number,
inside the walls,
the walls of red wing.

oh, it’s fare thee well
to the deep hollow dungeon,
farewell to the boardwalk
that takes you to the screen.
and farewell to the minutes
they threaten you with it,
inside the walls,
the walls of red wing.

/ joan baez lyrics