"Across The Great Divide" as written by and Robbie Robertson....
Standin' by your window in pain, a pistol in your hand
And I beg you, dear Molly, girl
Try and understand your man the best you can

Across The Great Divide, just grab your hat, and take that ride
Get yourself a bride, and bring your children down to the river side

I had a goal in my younger days, I nearly wrote my will
But I changed my mind for the better
I'm at the still, had my fill and I'm fit to kill

Across The Great Divide, just grab your hat, and take that ride
Get yourself a bride, and bring your children down to the river side

Pinball machine, and a Queen, I nearly took a bust
Tried to keep my hands to myself, you say it's a must
But who can you trust?

Harvest moon shinin' down from the sky, a weary sign for all
I'm gonna leave this one horse town, had to stall till the fall
Now I'm gonna crawl, across The Great Divide

Now Molly dear, don't you shed a tear
Your time will surely come, you'll feed your man chicken every Sunday
Now tell me, hon, what you done with the gun

Across The Great Divide, just grab your hat, and take that ride
Get yourself a bride, and bring your children down to the river side


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"In A Station [DVD]" as written by Robbie Robertson

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    General Commentgreat fuckin song.............................so tell me hun what ya dun with the gun, im guessing this is about gettin married and carrying her over the treshhold. idk maybe crossing the great divide U.S and canada
    jbird4017on June 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think the "great divide" here is between married life and bachelorhood. You lose control of your life ("take a ride"), get married, and baptise your children ("at the riverside") when you have them. The other verses are about his youth, and it seems he may have cheated on Molly with the queen.

    Molly, clearly, is ready to cross the great divide, and is not too happy that he is not coming with her now. That unhappiness gives us that great line, "Now tell me hun, what you done with the gun." He tries to console her by indicating that she'll find someone else that she can "feed...chicken" to every Sunday.
    clovuson October 02, 2008   Link

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