"There must be some way out of here," said the joker to the thief,
"There's too much confusion, I can't get no relief.
Businessmen, they drink my wine, plowmen dig my earth,
None of them along the line know what any of it is worth."

"No reason to get excited," the thief, he kindly spoke,
"There are many here among us who feel that life is but a joke.
But you and I, we've been through that, and this is not our fate,
So let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late."

All along the watchtower, princes kept the view
While all the women came and went, barefoot servants, too.

Outside in the distance a wildcat did growl,
Two riders were approaching, the wind began to howl.



Lyrics submitted by T-Crash

All Along the Watchtower (Bob Dylan cover) song meanings
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    General CommentBefore everyone yells at me for posting these lyrics, let me just say that Pearl Jam does a great cover of this in concert....now yell away.
    T-Crashon August 09, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti haven't actually listened to it but it probaly is good with eddie vededer vocals. jimi hendrix owned when he covered it though.
    audioslave48195on September 13, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti haven't heard this cover, but for me the U2 cover in rattle and hum is the best.
    mccreadyfan12on January 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI didn't like U2's cover much...it didn't seem earnest enough. I doubt that PJ's concert version is better than Hendrix's, but McCready is a more blues-based guitar player. The Edge is more of...well, what is the Edge? U2 went from arena rock to techno to back again.
    silversun_raptureon January 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWow i didn't even know Pearl Jam covered this song, I've only just recently discovered them and i'm already a huge fan. All Along The Watchtower is one of my favourite songs and i'd love to hear this version. I would guess its good, judging by their other covers of legendary songs such as baba o riley, keep on rockin in the free world, masters of war and so on. I think they are one of very few bands that can do such songs justice, and in some cases improve on them.

    P.S if you're a fan of this song in general you should check out dave matthews band's version.
    Gluttonon March 27, 2007   Link
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    General Commentyeah the hendrix version is the best and then probably the dmb version, after that i would say this version.
    bkarch9on August 18, 2007   Link
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    General Commentokay the dylan version is the best by far. i love hendrix and his version but dylan is amazing. secondly U2 sucks at life bono is jackass and no one likes him or his crappy rock. i haven't heard the pearl jam version but im sure it is a great cover they are easily the best grunge band. nirvana doesn't even come close.
    The_Calvinatoron February 06, 2008   Link
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    General CommentPJ's cover live is amazing. For those who've not been to a live Pearl Jam show, it is indescribable in words.
    crescentcityblueson March 09, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis isn't technically by pearl jam. It's Eddie Vedder and the Million Dollar Bashers on the "I'm Not There" Soundtrack.
    rmmcc92on July 23, 2009   Link
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    General CommentJesus even Dylan admitted Hendrix owns this song.

    McCready pales in comparison, let the late great rest in peace.
    Susan is my heroon August 09, 2006   Link

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