"Cry a While" as written by and Bob Dylan....
Well, I had to go down and see a guy named Mr. Goldsmith
A nasty, dirty, double-crossin', back-stabbin' phony I didn't want to have to deal with
But I did it for you
And all you gave me was a smile
Well, I cried for you, now it's your turn to cry awhile

I don't carry dead weight, I'm no flash in the pan
All right, I'll set you straight, can't you see I'm a union man?
I'm lettin' the cat out of the cage, I'm keeping a low profile
Well, I cried for you, now it's your turn, you can cry awhile

Feel like a fighting rooster, feel better than I ever felt
But the Pennsylvania line's in an awful mess and the Denver road is about to melt
I went to the church house, every day I go an extra mile
Well, I cried for you, now it's your turn, you can cry awhile

Last night 'cross the alley there was a pounding on the walls
It must have been Don Pasquale makin' a two a.m. booty call
To break a trusting heart like mine was just your style
Well, I cried for you, now it's your turn to cry awhile

I'm on the fringes of the night, fighting back tears that I can't control
Some people they ain't human, they got no heart or soul
Well, I'm crying to The Lord, I'm tryin' to be meek and mild
Yes, I cried for you, now it's your turn, you can cry awhile

Well, there's preachers in the pulpits and babies in the cribs
I'm longin' for that sweet fat that sticks to your ribs
I'm gonna buy me a barrel of whiskey, I'll die before I turn senile
Yes, I cried for you, now it's your turn, you can cry awhile

Well, you bet on a horse and it ran on the wrong way
I always said you'd be sorry and today could be the day
I might need a good lawyer, could be your funeral, my trial
Well, I cried for you, now it's your turn, you can cry awhile


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"Cry a While" as written by Bob Dylan

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    General Commentwow nothing, to me this songe means: "I have dealt with your crap when it pissed me off but i am sick of your shit i am leaving, i don't know why i didn't do this earlier you don't appreciate me" the part about the trial gives the idea that the woman doesn't see what she has done wrong and when she does she will realize he was right to leave her. and you can say i am wrong but i won't cry a while, it all just a matter of opinion
    riderofwaveson February 01, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyeah i totally agree with riderofwaves. no one else need comment on it lol. awesome song too. they lyrics remind me some what of positively 4th street, where bob is talkin about his so called friends or partner. and how their relationship has just flipped.
    fight_the_waron April 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThere are four specific reasons this is a great song

    1) Bob
    2) Dylan
    3) Wrote
    4) It.
    TheThornBirdson February 03, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthe poet here is saying the case that he turned out to be a flash in the pan would be hard to defend
    sdz896542on February 28, 2016   Link

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