"Romance in Durango" as written by and Bob Dylan....
Hot chili peppers in the blistering sun
Dust on my face and my cape
Me and Magdalena on the run
I think this time we shall escape

Sold my guitar to the baker's son
For a few crumbs and a place to hide
But I can get another one
And I'll play for Magdalena as we ride

No llores, mi querida
Dios nos vigila
Soon the horse will take us to Durango
Agárrame, mi vida
Soon the desert will be gone
Soon you will be dancing the fandango

Past the Aztec ruins and the ghosts of our people
Hoofbeats like castanets on stone
At night I dream of bells in the village steeple
Then I see the bloody face of Ramon

Was it me that shot him down in the cantina
Was it my hand that held the gun
Come, let us fly, my Magdalena
The dogs are barking and what's done is done

No llores, mi querida
Dios nos vigila
Soon the horse will take us to Durango
Agárrame, mi vida
Soon the desert will be gone
Soon you will be dancing the fandango

At the corrida we'll sit in the shade
And watch the young torero stand alone
We'll drink tequila where our grandfathers stayed
When they rode with Villa into Torreon

Then the padre will recite the prayers of old
In the little church this side of town
I will wear new boots and an earring of gold
You'll shine with diamonds in your wedding gown

The way is long but the end is near
Already the fiesta has begun
The face of God will appear
With His serpent eyes of obsidian

No llores, mi querida
Dios nos vigila
Soon the horse will take us to Durango
Agárrame, mi vida
Soon the desert will be gone
Soon you will be dancing the fandango

Was that the thunder that I heard
My head is vibrating, I feel a sharp pain
Come sit by me, don't say a word
Oh, can it be that I am slain

Quick, Magdalena, take my gun
Look up in the hills, that flash of light
Aim well my little one
We may not make it through the night

No llores, mi querida
Dios nos vigila
Soon the horse will take us to Durango
Agárrame, mi vida
Soon the desert will be gone
Soon you will be dancing the fandango


Lyrics submitted by snarflegnarfen, edited by Mellow_Harsher

"Romance in Durango" as written by Levy Jacques Dylan Bob

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    General CommentI like this son, i've only heard the live version though.
    skankin_joelon May 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe live version on Biograph is 1000 times better than the studio version imo....I haven't heard the live version on Bootleg 5 though.
    DJacques75on May 24, 2004   Link
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    General Commentfor anyone who cares, the spanish bits mean
    don't cry, dear
    god watches us (or looks after us)
    turn to me, my life
    meursaultsrevolveron April 12, 2005   Link
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    General Commentactually i think a better translation would be god watches over us.
    meursaultsrevolveron April 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI guess you got a point, there, Cavern. When you're listening to a song in a foreign language, it's odd to hear a bit of your native tongue in it. Nevertheless, I like the Spanish part. I sometimes sing it to myself when I'm wandering around (especially if it's hot out, like being in a desert).

    As for meaning, I think it's just a good story song. Seems pretty self-explanatory when you look at it. But it's still Dylan, so you make make it mean whatever you want.
    Nick the Bastardon May 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentALLEN
    GINSBERG
    IN THE DESIRE LINER NOTES
    WRITES OF THIS SONG:

    masterpieces emerged- Song
    become conscious poetry, the best
    you can say in total rhythm, allowing
    for your speech to fall like your
    mother's radiotalk, allowing for
    the singer to open up his whole body
    for Inspiration to breathe out
    a long mad vowel to nail down
    the word into everyone's heart-
    That's where you get the funny
    syncopation- waiting to
    pronounce the line just right
    as the music marches by, free, hopeless,
    jumping in and out the fatal chords...
    TheThornBirdson February 20, 2009   Link
  • -3
    General Commentthe Spanish bit is stupid. I hate this song. I'm Chilean, so it kinda throws me off to hear the Sad-Eyed Prophet in horrible Spanish, sounding like a stupid gringo,
    cavernon December 12, 2005   Link

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