"Billy" as written by and Bob Dylan....
There's guns across the river about to pound you
There's a lawman on your trail like to surround you
Bounty hunters are dancing all around you
Billy, they don't like you to be so free.

Camping out all night on the veranda
Walking in the streets down by the hacienda
Up to Boot Hill the like to send you
Billy, don't you turn your back on me.

There's mills inside the minds of crazy faces
Bullet holes and rifles in their cases
There is always one more notch in four more aces
Billy, and you're playing all alone.

Playing around with some sweet signorita
Into her dark chamber she will greet you
In the shadows of the maizes she will lead you
Billy, and you're going all alone.

They say that Pat Garrett's got your number
So sleep with one eye open, when you wander
Every little sound just might be thunder
Thunder from the barrel of his gun.

There's always another stranger sneaking glances
Some trigger-happy fool willing to take chances
Some old whore from San Pedro'll make advances
Advances on your spirit and your soul.

The businessmen from Taos want you to go down
So they've hired mister Garrett, he'll force you to slow down
Billy, don't let it make you feel so low down
To be hunted by the man who was your friend.

So hang on to your woman, if you got one
Remember in El Paso once you shot one
I'll be in Santa Fe about one
Billy, you've been running for so long.

Gypsy queens will play your grand finale
Way down in some Tularosa alley
Maybe in La Rio Pecas valley
Billy, you're so far away from home
Billy, you're so far away from home


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"Billy 4" as written by Bob Dylan

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    General Commentgreat rhymning pattern.

    and one of my favorate songs.........and the greatest western ever.
    pton November 23, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationI love this song. The movie's awesome too, but this soundtrack stands on it's own. Apparently this was rough one for Bob to record. There are a few different takes on the album with slight lyrical variation. I like "Billy 4" myself...

    There's guns across the river about to pound you
    There's a lawman on your trail like to surround you
    Bounty hunters are dancing all around you
    Billy, they don't like you to be so free.

    Camping out all night on the veranda
    Walking in the streets down by the hacienda
    Up to Boot Hill the like to send you
    Billy, don't you turn your back on me.

    There's mills inside the minds of crazy faces
    Bullet holes and rifles in their cases
    There is always one more notch in four more aces
    Billy, and you're playing all alone.

    Playing around with some sweet signorita
    Into her dark chamber she will greet you
    In the shadows of the maizes she will lead you
    Billy, and you're going all alone.

    They say that Pat Garrett's got your number
    So sleep with one eye open, when you wander
    Every little sound just might be thunder
    Thunder from the barrel of his gun.

    There's always another stranger sneaking glances
    Some trigger-happy fool willing to take chances
    Some old whore from San Pedro'll make advances
    Advances on your spirit and your soul.

    The businessmen from Taos want you to go down
    So they've hired mister Garrett, he'll force you to slow down
    Billy, don't let it make you feel so low down
    To be hunted by the man who was your friend.

    So hang on to your woman, if you got one
    Remember in El Paso once you shot one
    I'll be in Santa Fe about one
    Billy, you've been running for so long.

    Gypsy queens will play your grand finale
    Way down in some Tularosa alley
    Maybe in La Rio Pecas valley
    Billy, you're so far away from home
    Admiral82on July 26, 2009   Link
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    General CommentBilly, you're so far away from home.

    I think this is a very autobiographical song for Bob. He said in the "No Direction Home" interview that at the beginning of his career, he set out looking for "home," and he didn't know what it looked like, but he knew he had to go there. Of course, in 1973, he was nowhere near home. He probably still isn't. He is Billy.
    whoryou6207on January 09, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThere's always another stranger sneaking glances
    Some trigger-happy fool willing to take chances
    Some old whore from San Pedro'll make advances
    Advances on your spirit and your soul.

    The "old whore from San Padro" reference is an obvious tribute to one of Dylan's early mentors in the Greenwich village folk scene, Dave Van Ronk. Van Ronk often included an a capella version of the bawdy song "The Whores of San Pedro" in his set and recorded it on his "Going Back to Brooklyn" album. The lyrics if I remember them go something like this:

    All the whores of San Pedro are older than God
    And their beards tumble down to their tits
    With one single bump of their ponderous rump
    They can grind your poor pecker to bits

    Soooo....here's to the whore of San Padro
    To that marvelous fucking machine
    If I had my way we could see her today
    On the cover of Time magazine
    crawdaddyon January 03, 2011   Link

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