"Don't Fall Apart on Me Tonight" as written by and Bob Dylan....
Just a minute before you leave, girl
Just a minute before you touch the door
What is it that you're trying to achieve, girl?
Do you think we can talk about it some more?
You know the streets are filled with vipers
Who've lost all ray of hope
You know, it ain't even safe no more
In the palace of the Pope

Don't fall apart on me tonight
I just don't think that I could handle it
Don't fall apart on me tonight
Yesterday's just a memory
Tomorrow is never what it's supposed to be
And I need you, yeah

Come over here from over there, girl
Sit down here, you can have my chair
I can't see us going anywhere, girl
The only place open is a thousand miles away and I can't take you there
I wish I'd have been a doctor
Maybe I'd have saved some life that had been lost
Maybe I'd have done some good in the world
'Stead of burning every bridge I crossed

Don't fall apart on me tonight
I just don't think that I could handle it
Don't fall apart on me tonight
Yesterday's just a memory
Tomorrow is never what it's supposed to be
And I need you, yeah

I ain't too good at conversation, girl
So you might not know exactly how I feel
But if I could, I'd bring you to the mountaintop, girl
And build you a house made out of stainless steel
But it's like I'm stuck inside a painting
That´s like hanging in the loose
My throat starts to tickle and my nose itches
But I know that I can't move

Don't fall apart on me tonight
I just don't think that I could handle it
Don't fall apart on me tonight
Yesterday's gone but the past lives on
Tomorrow's just one step beyond
And I need you, yeah

Who are these people who are walking towards you
Do you know them or will there be a fight?
With their humorless smiles so easy to see through
Can they tell you what's wrong from right?

Or do you remember St. James Street
Where you blew Jackie P.'s mind?
You were so fine, Clark Gable would have fell at your feet
And laid his life on the line

Let's try to get beneath the surface waste, girl
No more booby traps and bombs
No more decadence and charm
No more affection that's been misplaced, girl
No more mud cake creatures lying in your arms
What about that millionaire with the drumsticks in his pants?
He looked so baffled and bewildered
When he played and we didn't dance

Don't fall apart on me tonight
I just don't think that I could handle it
Don't fall apart on me tonight
Yesterday's just a memory
Tomorrow's never what it's supposed to be
And I need you, yeah, you
I need you


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"Don't Fall Apart on Me Tonight" as written by Bob Dylan

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  • +1
    General CommentThis is an underrated song... it's very cynical

    Yesterday's just a memory
    Tomorrow is never what it's supposed to be

    also i think the singing is great in this one
    bobdylaniscoolon July 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree, the singing is awesome, and yes it should be rated higher, very cool song, I love it ^.^
    leetwrckon July 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really dont think they are talking about another person in this video/song. They are talking to who they've become, not to a girl or whatever. "all I wanted was you" like what they wanted to become, but it was "killing" them. Plus, it says "this is who I really am inside" and the video has them, and their alter-egos. So really, Id go with the less obvious choice, and say its about them yelling at who they wanted to be versus who they really are.
    Anoxiaon July 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentStreet Legal is one of Dylan's most underrated albums, and this is a standout on it.
    freewneelon July 31, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think his inspiration in so many of his amazing poems, songs and music....is his lover, wife, mother of his children, very personal...mud caked creatures ..our children..hehehehe
    HonoluluBobon October 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits from infidels not street legal
    yugimoto666on April 22, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song
    It's about a selfish kind of love
    that I've never heard Dylan sing about before
    "Don't fall apart on me tonight I need you"

    It's like don't let me down I'm insecure && helpless too I need you, so put your own feelings a side && comfort me... kind of bit

    I love it!

    I also have never heard Bob sound so bluesy && soulfull, I just love it!
    ValeerieVanityon July 27, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSome of the greatest lyrics Dylan ever wrote are in this song, I feel. Especially "I wish that I'd been a doctor/maybe I'd have saved some life that'd been lost/maybe I'd of done some good in the world/'stead of burning every bridge I crossed" and "I ain't too good at conversation, girl/So you might not know exactly how I feel/But if I could, I'd bring bring you to the mountaintop, girl/And build you a house made out of stainless steel.

    I really like the non-Christian songs that came directly before and after his "Born Again" period. Even on Slow Train Coming there was a great love song "Precious Angel" that talks about spirituality and God, but is really a love song.
    TheThornBirdson January 26, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe master of psychology in song. Everyone else pales by comparison.
    sdz896542on January 03, 2016   Link

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