"Baby, Let Me Follow You Down" as written by and Reverend Gary Davis....
Baby, let me follow you down
Baby let me follow you down
Well, I'll do anything in this God-almighty world
If you just let me follow you down

Can I come home with you?
Baby can I come home with you?
Yes, I'll do anything in this God-almighty world
If you just let me come home with you

Baby, let me follow you down
Baby let me follow you down
Well I'll do anything in this God-almighty world
If you just let me follow you down

Yes, I'll do anything in this God-almighty world
If you just let me follow you down


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"Baby Let Me Follow You Down" as written by Gary Davis

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    General CommentHere's the way I was going to post the lyrics, but the moderator wouldn't put them up this way:
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    Introduction from Bob Dylan’s debut album, “Bob Dylan”, 1962:

    I first heard this from - Ric von Schmidt.
    He lives in Cambridge.
    Ric’s a blues guitar player.
    I met him one day in the green pastures of - Harvard University.
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    Baby, let me follow you down.
    Baby, let me follow you down.
    Well, I'll do anything in this God almighty world
    If you just let me follow you down.

    *# I’ll buy you a diamond ring.
    Yes, I’ll buy you a wedding gown.
    Well, I’d do anything in this God almighty world
    If you just let me follow you down. *#

    # Baby, can I follow you home?
    Baby, can I follow you home?
    I’ll do anything in this God almighty world
    If you just let me follow you home. #

    # I’d do anything for you.
    I’d do anything in this world for you.
    I’ll do anything in this God almighty world
    If you just let me come home with you. #

    Can I come home with you?
    Baby, can I come home with you?
    Yes, I'll do anything in this God almighty world
    If you just let me come home with you.

    * I’ll buy you a broken twine,
    Honey, just for you to climb.
    Well, I’ll do anything in this God almighty world
    If you just once drive me out of my mind. *

    * I’ll buy you a serpent skirt.
    I’ll buy you a velvet shirt.
    I’ll do anything in this God almighty world
    If you just don’t make me hurt. *

    Baby, let me follow you down.
    Baby, let me follow you down.
    Well, I'll do anything in this God almighty world
    If you just let me follow you down.

    Yes, I'll do anything in this God almighty world
    If you just let me follow you down.
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    (Verses annotated by * show added verses as performed on “The Bootleg Series Vol. 4: Live 1966, The “Royal Albert Hall” Concert”, and verses annotated by # are also added verses as performed with The Band on Martin Scorcese’s documentary of The Band’s farewell concert, “The Last Waltz”.)
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    I know it's not perfect, but I did my best to do this song justice. I love the original and I love how Dylan has changed it and performed it differently so many times over the years. If anyone has any corrections or changes to make to these lyrics, just make a post. I'm almost positive that they're not 100% correct (as far as when they were played), but the words are all correct. Anywhoo, from me to you. Enjoy.
    Squevenon March 31, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is fantastic
    arh84on June 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSounds like an adaption from Blind Boy Fullers "Mama let me lay it on you"
    FackingHellon January 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat a gorgeous melody.
    BraveSirRobinon January 10, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe organ solo on the Royal Albert Hall version is ace.
    chairmanroflmaoon February 03, 2009   Link
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    General CommentMmm, I much prefer the 1966 live version, but I enjoy the song in any form.
    XZYOEon August 03, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI really enjoyed him doing this during the Last Waltz. I think Eric (Ric) Von Schmidt may have written this song (probably like FackingHell said, as an adaptation), but Dylan learned it from Dave Van Ronk. At least that is what I remember from the film, "No Direction Home".
    Erthonaon July 18, 2011   Link

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