"Silvio" as written by Robert C. Hunter and Bob Dylan....
Stake my future on a hell of a past
Looks like tomorrow is a coming on fast
Ain't complaining about what I got
Seen better times but who has not

Silvio silver and gold
Won't buy back the beat of a heart grown cold
Silvio I gotta go
Find out something only dead men know

Honest as the next jade rolling that stone
When I come and knockin' don't throw me no bone
I'm an old boll weevil looking for a home
If you don't like it you can leave me alone

I can snap my fingers and require the rain
From a clear blue sky and turn it off again
I can stroke your body and relieve your pain
And charm the whistle off an evening train

Silvio silver and gold
Won't buy back the beat of a heart grown cold
Silvio I gotta go
Find out something only dead men know

Give what I got until I got no more
I take what I get until I even the score
You know I love you and further more
When it is time to go you got an open door

I can tell your fancy I can tell your plain
You give something up for everything you gain
Since every pleasure's got an edge of pain
Pay for your ticket and don't complain

Silvio silver and gold
Won't buy back the beat of a heart grown cold
Silvio I gotta go
Find out something only dead men know

One of these days and it won't be long
Going down the valley and sing my song
Gonna sing it loud and sing it strong
Let the echo decide if I was right or wrong

Silvio silver and gold
Won't buy back the beat of a heart grown cold
Silvio I gotta go
Find out something only dead men know

Silvio silver and gold
Won't buy back the beat of a heart grown cold
Silvio I gotta go
Find out something only dead men know

Silvio silver and gold
Won't buy back the beat of a heart grown cold
Silvio I gotta go
Find out something only dead men know


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"Silvio" as written by Hunter Robert Dylan Bob

Lyrics © BOB DYLAN MUSIC CO

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  • +2
    General CommentIt's about a gay caballero dying (perhaps of AIDS?) and bidding a farewell to his partner
    CuteSparkinaon May 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentFor the record, these lyrics are actually written by Grateful Dead lyrist Robert Hunter who gave them to Bob and was shocked and honored that he used them. If you ask me it goes to show how strikingly alike these to masters are at their art, and proof of why few, if any, can touch either of them.
    Hedgeson June 23, 2004   Link
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    General Commentregardless of what this song is actually about, the first verse really caught my attention the first time i heard it, it's pretty much how i'm feeling right now...about to graduate college with no plans as of now
    "looks like tomorrow is coming on fast"-- i'm going to graduate in 2 months, but where did the last 4 years go?
    "seen better times, but who has not?"-- completely stressed out about graduation/life after college, but man it's been fun

    love it either way
    linzylou63on March 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThese lyrics are so cool! it fits the music so perfectly. the background soulful voices are a plus.
    GrungyBeatleon November 30, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"silvio, i gotta go find out something only dead men know."
    love it! i think dylan and hunter share writing credits. anyway, this song is great :)
    jasssson January 13, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is actually dedicated to Silvio Rodriguez, a Cuban folk singer and songwriter. Silvio admired Bob for a long time and when they met he gave him a song calles "la cosa esta en..."
    SongMeanings83on March 21, 2012   Link
  • -1
    General Commentamazing
    jgolem7213on May 01, 2004   Link

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