"Goin' to Acapulco" as written by and Bob Dylan....
I'm going down to Rose Marie's
She never does me wrong.
She puts it to me plain as day
And gives it to me for a song.

It's a wicked life but what the hell
But what that hell, oh everybody's got to eat
And I'm just the same as anyone else
When it comes to scratchin' for my meat

Goin' to Acapulco
Goin' on the run.
Goin' down to see fat gut
Goin' to have some fun.
Yeah
Goin' to have some fun.

Now, whenever I get up
And I can't find what I need
I just make it down to Rose Marie's
And get something quick to eat

It's not a bad way to make a living
And I ain't complainin' none.
But I can blow my plump, and break my rump
And then go home and have my fun

Goin' to Acapulco
Goin' on the run.
Goin' down to see soft gut
Goin' to have some fun.
Yeah
Goin' to have some fun.

Now, if someone offers me a joke
I just say no thanks.
I try to tell it like it is
And keep away from pranks.

And every time you know when the well breaks down
I just go pump on it some.
Rose Marie, she likes to go to big places
And just set there waitin' for me to come.

Goin' to Acapulco
Goin' on the run.
Goin' down to see soft gut
Goin' to have some fun.
Yeah
Goin' to have some fun


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"Goin' to Acapulco" as written by Bob Dylan

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    General Comment1st to comment on this song. These aren't the same lyrics as on the basement tapes, which is odd, but there are close enough. Awesome song, and an awesome cover in "im not there" by My morning jacket.
    BobDylan23on January 16, 2008   Link
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    General Commentdude calexico covered it in "Im Not There"

    but anyway i think this could be like a get away live life easy song, very simple message. Something like a Margaritaville.
    Psychokrazeon June 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentJim James from MMJ sang the song, while Calexico played the music. James' take on it is pristine, by the way.
    YouKnowStuffon June 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about going to visit a Mexican brothel
    spanishgunson September 28, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI'm going down to Rose Marie's
    She never does me wrong.
    She puts it to me plain as day
    And gives it to me for a song

    It's a wicked life, but what the hell
    Everybody's got to eat
    And I'm just the same as anyone else
    When it comes to scratchin' for my treats

    Goin' to Acapulco
    Goin' on the run.
    Goin' down to see soft gut
    Goin' to have some fun
    Yeah
    Goin' to have some fun

    Now whenever I get up
    And can't find what i need
    I just make it down to Rose Marie's
    And get somethin' quick to eat

    It's not a bad way to make a living
    And I ain't complaining none
    For I could blow my plum and drink my rum
    And then go on home and have my fun

    Goin' to Acapulco
    Goin' on the run.
    Goin' down to see soft gut
    Goin' to have some fun
    Yeah
    Goin' to have some fun

    Now, if someone offers me a joke
    I just say no thanks
    I try to tell it like it is
    And keep away from pranks

    Now every time, you know when the well breaks down
    I just go pump on it some
    Rose Marie, she likes to go to big places
    And just sit there waitin' for me to come

    Goin' to Acapulco
    Goin' on the run.
    Goin' down to see soft gut
    Goin' to have some fun
    Yeah
    Goin' to have some fun
    jasssson January 10, 2010   Link
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    General Commentthose are the lyrics from the basement tapes and i completely agree with spanishguns about the meaning
    jasssson January 10, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationWell I disagree that Dylan should write a song which talks about going to a brothel alone, to me, I believe it is quiet symbolic representation of the fact that we all need something to look forward to while going through our daily life. To me, it is more about the hope which keeps us going, daily life has it's own hazards, own pros and cons, it's more about passing through all these with the hope of a better tomorrow.
    cyanidejesus666on December 13, 2010   Link
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    General CommentClearly a brothel song, with lyrics alternating perspective between the John and the Hoar....but a very positive take on the nature of life and how we have to all hoar ourselves out to live...For me, it is one of the 2 or 3 greatest songs of all time....I think I put it at #3 on a list a few years ago after "the magnificent seven" by the Clash and "Who Knows Where the time Goes" by the Fairport Convention...
    epjmunch215on November 09, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI just can't get over the fat-gut thing.Does he just mean the girl has a big belly,or what?
    josiahknighton December 31, 2011   Link
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    General Commentseems to me like the narrator is some kind of criminal/gangster who gets his money by doing wicked deeds and then runs south to mexico to see his lover and have some fun. it's a plaintive love song on one hand; an expression of our deeply human need sometimes to just go home; and also an interesting view on the life of such a criminal, rather than a judgmental or self-righteous condemnation. the lyrics are really great, plenty of johnny cash type attitude, and filled to the brim with humanity.
    spinnacton April 26, 2012   Link

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