"If You Gotta Go, Go Now" as written by and Bob Dylan....
Listen to me, baby
There's something you must see
I want to be with you, gal
If you want to be with me

But if you got to go
It's all right
But if you got to go, go now
Or else you gotta stay all night

It ain't that I'm questionin' you
To take part in any quiz
It's just that I ain't got no watch
An' you keep askin' me what time it is

But if you got to go
It's all right
But if you got to go, go now
Or else you gotta stay all night

I am just a poor boy, baby
Lookin' to connect
But I certainly don't want you thinkin'
That I ain't got any respect

But if you got to go
It's all right
But if you got to go, go now
Or else you gotta stay all night

You know I'd have nightmares
And a guilty conscience, too
If I kept you from anything
That you really wanted to do

But if you got to go
It's all right
But if you got to go, go now
Or else you gotta stay all night

It ain't that I'm wantin'
Anything you never gave before
It's just that I'll be sleepin' soon
It'll be too dark for you to find the door

But if you got to go
It's all right
But if you got to go, go now
Or else you gotta stay all night


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"If You Gotta Go, Go Now" as written by Bob Dylan

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    General CommentThis song makes me so happy! I love Dylan, would love to know what stemmed this. The live version is hilarious... especially the commentary at the end between him and fans.
    MDMA_myantidrugon July 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentDylan's a genius! Hilarious song.
    wwbon December 25, 2006   Link
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    General Commentit is a riot. . . .
    pton November 23, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"It's just that I ain't got no watch
    An' you keep askin' me what time it is"

    i love it! so hilarious :D

    my version is missing the nightmare verse. i think it's live but it's different from the one MDMA wrote about
    jasssson December 11, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI heard from a Bard College alumnus who attended the college in the 60's that Bob Dylan wrote it when he was hanging out on campus. Just as the lyric "the pump don't work 'cause the vandals stole the handle" (from Subterranean Homesick Blues) was inspired by Bard, this song was inspired by the curfew rules in place there at the time.
    Tewksbury, a dorm built in 1958, was a women's only dorm, and if the women did not manage to get in by midnight, the doors would be locked (for security reasons I presume) and the women would have to find somewhere else to spend the night.

    ... and there you have it! :)
    easilyconfusedon October 24, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationI heard J.Tillman's version of singing it, he sticks to the original lyricism, and I thought this song was a lot deeper than that. I thought it was about struggling with wanting a girl but wanting her to decide for herself. I didn't realize it was comical at all.. can someone point out the comedy.
    kskinneron February 09, 2015   Link

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