"You Ain't Goin' Nowhere (Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 version)" as written by and Bob Dylan....
Clouds so swift
Rain won't lift
Gate won't close
Railings froze
Get your mind off wintertime
You ain't goin' nowhere
Whoo-ee, ride me high
Tomorrow's the day
My bride's gonna come
Oh, oh, are we gonna fly
Down in the easy chair

I don't care how many letters they sent
Morning came and morning went
Pick up your money
And pack up your tent
You ain't goin' nowhere
Whoo-ee, ride me high
Tomorrow's the day
My bride's gonna come
Oh, oh, are we gonna fly
Down in the easy chair

Buy me a flute
And a gun that shoots
Tailgates and substitutes
Strap yourself to the tree with roots
You ain't goin' nowhere
Whoo-ee, ride me high
Tomorrow's the day
My bride's gonna come
Oh, oh, are we gonna fly
Down in the easy chair

Genghis Khan
He could not keep
All his kings
Supplied with sleep
We'll climb that hill, no matter how steep
When we come up to it
Whoo-ee, ride me high
Tomorrow's the day
My bride's gonna come
Oh, oh, are we gonna fly
Down in the easy chair


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"You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" as written by Bob Dylan

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  • +3
    General Commentthew songs about people and their visions of grandure. They have all these great plans and ideas but leave it at that. The talk the talk but don't walk the walk
    cja75on June 01, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentLoooovvvveeeee
    Red Dooron June 28, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwow. red door really loves this song!

    and i full agree. such a great song!

    i kinda get the idea this song is about one last fling before marige. but i only say that because

    Whoo-ee, ride me high
    Tomorrow's the day
    My bride's a-gonna come
    Whoo-ee, are we gonna fly
    Down into the easy chair.
    Desolation Rowon August 29, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIm not quite sure what this song is about, but gosh, it makes me cherry! Something about the bouncy music and the harmonica and the lyrics. :-D
    fire_eyeson September 07, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song never fails to make me happy.
    I found a REALLY good version of it when I was trying to find it on myspace. It's not dylan, and I have no idea who it is, but i like it a lot
    profile.myspace.com/…
    pabloveon October 14, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGlen Hansard & Markéta Irglová.

    from the I'm Not There OST.

    and i love this song as well.
    zzxasd43andon November 12, 2008   Link
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    General Comment
    20 hr 57 min ago

    In this song Bob Dylan is lamenting his situation. After he had his motorcycle accident. I believe he injured perhaps broke his neck inured his back, He ws going to be laid up for awhile, Clouds so swift the rain was going to fall, He had been on the fast track and now he was going to have to slow down. Ghengis Khan and his brother Don is a reference to Phil and Everley, The Everley Brothers. They at one time were also on top but due to their contentious relationship stopped playing and did not talk to each other for 10 years. "Pick up your tent McGuin" is a nod to Roger McGuin of the Byrds a friend who had reinterpreted many of Bob Dylans songs and made them and Bob famous. When members of the The Band, Roger McGuin and other friends visited with him they joked "you aint going nowhere". Bob jokes and used sarcasm in his song about what he will do with his time now. Perhaps view movies, " Gunga Din", go shopping, buy rings or a gun that sings, a flute that toots, a sky that cries (lamenting again), a bird that flies, a fish that walks, or a dog that talks. Whooee are we going to fly down in the easy chair. Bob ws going to be immobilized for a while. It was a time to also rehabilitate and detox. Hint Hint
    joeo78501on January 30, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe Greatest Hits Vol. II version may be "more interesting," does include the personal reference to Roger McGuinn (whether friendly or vindictive?), and the reference to the bird (byrd?) that flies. However, the original version (written for and recorded in the "basement") is the one to discuss and discover the song's meanings. And, that true meaning dates way back to Dylan's early days of hanging out in Zim, Minnesota--the town in-between Hibbing and Duluth that was named after the Zimmerman family--way back before there ever was a Bob Dylan anywhere, not even in Zimmy's mind. The winter rain iced the train tracks ("railings froze"), the train couldn't travel, and stuck in Zim with no train to hop "you ain't goin' nowhere." Bob Zimmerman played the flute in Jr. High, like all students hated substitute teachers, and he also hated tailgates because he once lost a Honda 90 motorcycle out the back of a friend's old pickup truck when the tailgate opened while they bounced over a railroad crossing on some back mine roads out near a crossroads town that used to exist named Perry. Anyway, thus the desire for a "gun that shoots tailgates and substitutes." And, every kid growing up on the Iron Range back then shot rats and pop bottles with their .22 rifles at city dumps in Iron Range towns from east of Grand Rapids to Hibbing to Virginia to Tower to Ely. Meanwhile, there is still a huge white pine in the center of the town of Zim known as the "tree with roots." Climbing "that hill no matter how steep" is another reference to tearing around on mine roads with motorbikes, motor scooters, and small motorcycles. And finally, picking up money and packing up tents is a nod and reference to Bob Zimmerman's Grandma Libby who owned two movie theaters in Hibbing and also showed Saturday morning serials movies for kids in a huge tent in a park in Hibbing. P.S. At age 15, Bob Zimmerman almost married a girlfriend he met while working in the carnival. She was 24 and thought Bob was 19. Bob's parents arrived in the nick of time and stopped the outdoor wedding which was about to take place in from of Zim's "tree with roots."
    Zimbillyon June 26, 2014   Link
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    General CommentThis version is a million times better than the Basement Tapes version.

    Does anyone know what key the harmonica is in? This is such an obscure song that none of the Dylan tab sites have this version.
    afbaileyon December 22, 2008   Link
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    Red Dooron June 28, 2007   Link

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