"Bob Dylan's 115th Dream" as written by and Bob Dylan....
I was riding on the mayflower when I thought I spied some land
I was riding on the mayflower when I thought I spied some land
I yelled down to captain arab, I'll have ya understand,
Who came running to the deck and said boys forget the whale
We're goin' over yonder. cut the engines. change the sails.
Haul on that bowline we sang that melody,
Like all tough sailors do when they're far away at sea.

I think I'll call it america. I said as we hit land.
I took a deep breath. I fell down, I could not stand.
Captain arab he starting writing out some deeds
He said let's build us a fort and start buying the place with beads.
Just then a cop come down the street crazy as a loon
They throws us all in jail for carryin' harpoons.

Aw, me, I busted out don't even ask me how,
I went lookin' for some help, I walked past a guernsey cow
Who directed me down to the bowery slums
Where people carried signs around sayin' ban the bums.
I jumped right in line, sayin' I hope that I'm not late
When I realized I hadn't eaten for five days straight.

I went into a restaurant lookin' for the cook
I told him I was the editor of a famous etiquette book.
The waitress he was handsome and he wore a powder blue cape.
I ordered up some suzette, I said could you please make that crepe
Just then the whole kitchen exploded from boiling fat
Food was flyin' everywhere I left without my hat.

I didn't mean to be nosy but I went into a bank
To get some bail for arab the boys back in the tank.
They asked me for some collateral and I pulled down my pants.
They threw me in the alley, when up comes this girl from france
Who invited me to her house. I went, but she had a friend
Who knocked me out an' robbed my boots an' was I on the street again.

I rapped upon a house with a u.s. flag upon display.
I said can you please help me out, I got some friends down the way.
The man said get out of here I'll tear you limb from limb.
I said you know, they refused jesus, too. he said you're not him.
Get out of here before I break your bones. I ain't your pop.
I decided to have him arrested and went looking for a cop.

I ran right outside and hopped inside a cab
I went out the other door this english man said fab
As he saw me leap a hot dog stand and a chariot that stood
Parked across from a building advertising brotherhood.
I ran right through the front door like a hobo sailor does,
But it was just a funeral parlor and the man asked me who I was
I repeated that all my friends were in jail, with a sigh.
He gave me his card and said call me if they die.
I shook his hand and said goodbye and went back out on the street,
When a bowling ball came down the road and knocked me off my feet.
A pay phone was ringin' and it just about blew my mind
When I picked it up an' said hello, this foot came through the line

Well about this time I was fed up at trying to make a stab
At bringing back any help for my friends and captain arab.
I decided to flip a coin, like either heads or tails,
Would let me know if I should go back to ship or back to jail.
So I hocked my sailor's suit an' I got a coin to flip.
It came up tails, it rhymed with sails, so I made it back to the ship.

Well I got back and took the parking ticket off the mast.
I was ripping it to shreds when this coast guard boat went past.
They asked me my name and I said captain kidd
They believed me but they wanted to know exactly what I did
I said for the pope of eyruke I was employed
They let me go right away, they were very paranoid

Well the last I heard of arab he was stuck on the side of a whale
That was married to the deputy sheriff of the jail
But the funniest thing was as I was leavin' the bay
I saw three ships sailing and they were all headed my way
I asked the captain what his name was an' how come he didn't drive a truck
He said his name was Columbus an' I just said good luck


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"Bob Dylan's 115th Dream" as written by Bob Dylan

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  • +7
    General CommentMy favorite part is that at the beginning, the band doesn't follow him and he just breaks out laughing and has to start over. It's so genuine.
    butterboyon December 18, 2005   Link
  • +4
    General Commenti love this part:

    And I got a coin to flip
    It came up tails
    It rhymed with sails
    So I made it back to the ship

    tails rhymes with jails, not with ship... but the way he turned it into sail shows that he never wanted to go back to the jail... ^^
    Lurgeeon March 02, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe story is obvious but it probably has some big in depth meaning that im completly missing
    kurdt_kobainon July 28, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is one of dylan's funniest songs ever - btw. in the first verse he refers to captain ahab as in moby dick.
    the story itself is a pretty funny, slightly cynical view of mainly bureocracy and with some very intelligent nonsense in it.
    thefatladyon September 15, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is brilliant. It really cracks me up. Basically, it is criticizing American culture, and comparing modern (1960's) America's appeal, or lack of, to the appeal of America during the time it was "discovered" by Colombus. It criticizes many aspects of beurocracy and America's unfriendly culture, and it's just great and subtle at the same time.
    ZoSo028on June 21, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI like the way the lyrics take you from the past to the present and back again...
    m-doggon June 21, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Bob Dylan's 115th Dream" was the song that turned me on to Dylan, and it is still the best, in my view.
    The reason is that, unlike some Dylan songs, he displays a sense of humor about the seeming callousness and incomprehensibility of American society to newcomers (including "hobo sailors"). When he finally searches for food, cleverly posing as a critic, he orders Crepe Suzette, reminding one of feast or famine, or Marie Antoinette's "let them eat cake." Also, the absurdity of "Food ... flying everywhere" while the narrator "hadn't eaten for five days straight" adds humor to a type of situation that normally elicits sentimental artistic treatment. Finally, the fact that his ruse only serves to lose him his hat shows a moral/ethical sensibility regarding stepping out of line camouflaged under a seemingly absurd and humorous quest to feed himself while freeing his crewmates.
    An underrated work of art of the highest quality.
    LAACon February 28, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentVery funny lyrics. Really feels like a sort of trip when I listed to this song. I like the way the story seems rather unbelievable.
    arno_von December 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThat's why it's called Bob Dylan's 115th Dream.
    knate15on December 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFab song! I love the idea that they 'discover' 1960s America - Lol! Best bit:-

    "Well, the last I heard of Arab
    He was stuck on a whale
    That was married to the deputy
    Sheriff of the jail"
    Paegaon May 05, 2006   Link

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