"From a Buick 6" as written by and Bob Dylan....
I got this graveyard woman, you know she keeps my kids
But my soulful mama, you know she keeps me hid
She's a junkyard angel and she always gives me bread
Well, if I go down dyin', you know she's bound to put a blanket on my bed

Well, when the pipeline gets broken and I'm lost on the river bridge
I'm all cracked up on the highway and in the water's edge
And then she comes down a thruway, ready to sew me up with a thread
Well, if I go down dyin', you know she's bound to put a blanket on my bed

Well, she don't make me nervous, she don't talk too much
She walks like Bo Diddley and she don't need no crutch
She keeps this four-ten all loaded with lead
Well, if I go down dyin', you know she's bound to put a blanket on my bed, c'mon

Well, you know I need a steam shovel, mama, to keep away the dead
I need a dump truck, baby, to unload my head
She brings me everything and more, and just like I said
Well, if I go down dyin', you know she's bound to put a blanket on my bed


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"From a Buick 6" as written by Bob Dylan

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    General CommentI think it's a shotgun.
    Michialon September 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSeems to be a song in honor of a much appreciated woman. What's a "four-ten"?
    DAS JETSon April 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSeems to be a song in honor of a much appreciated woman. What's a "four-ten"?
    DAS JETSon April 01, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song's almost certainly about sara, who he had just fallen in love with at the time and who by all accounts was and is "a junkyard angel"
    patobrienon March 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentA .410 is a shotgun.
    sailingallaloneon December 28, 2006   Link
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    General Commenthe's writing from the buick not about it. He probably went on the road in one, saw the truth and realised he needs his woman to keep him alive. Without women wouldn't men be screwed? While he's off living out his illusory life, she's there behind him keeping it real. Without her he couldn't do it.
    dan105on February 27, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"And if I don't make it,
    You know my baby will."

    I like to think he's talking about how his music will endure after he's gone.
    This song is so fucking beautiful it kills me.
    BraveSirRobinon January 27, 2009   Link
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    General CommentOops, wrong song :)

    Well, I love this song too. Sounds like a pretty great girl he's singing about.
    BraveSirRobinon January 28, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWell, on its surface this song obviously sounds like it's about a woman; or perhaps about a Buick Six that he refers to as "she" (as people who are fond of certain objects like a guitar or vehicle often do). That being said, you can rarely be absolutely sure with songs written by Bob Dylan. I think that the music of a song can give just as much of a meaning as the lyrics of a song can; upon hearing this song, I immediately felt like I was being portrayed what it would be like to be in a drunken stupor on amphetamines, something that, at this time, Bob Dylan would know a thing or two about...
    Gordon123on May 23, 2009   Link
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    General CommentMany of Dylan's songs, like this one, are inspired by the old blues songs he loved and listened to in his youth. I can't recall the artist, or the song title, but there is a line in an old blues song about 'If I'm gone-down dyin.. she'd make up my dyin bed.' Dylan simply modified the line, but this is the same intent he is conveying as an artist. In other words, he ripped it off...but that's okay, as the great philosophers Bare Naked Ladies says...it's all been done before! :)
    bshowson June 15, 2011   Link

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