"Cross the Green Mountain" as written by and Bob Dylan....
I cross the Green Mountain
I sit by the stream
Heaven blazing in my head I
I dreamed a monstrous dream
Something came up
Out of the sea
Swept through the land of
The rich and the free

I look into the eyes
Of my merciful friend
And then I ask myself
Is this the end?
Memories linger
Sad yet sweet
And I think of the souls in heaven who will be

Alters are burning
The flames far and wide
The fool has crossed over
From the other side
They tip their caps
From the top of the hill
You can feel them come
All brave blood do spill

Along the dim
Atlantic line
The rapper's land
Lasts for miles behind
The lights coming forward
And the streets are broad
All must yield
To the avenging God

The world is old
The world is great
Lessons of life
Can't be learned in a day
I watch and I wait
And I listen while I stand
To the music that comes
From a far better land

Close the eyes
Of our Captain
Peace may he know
His long night is done
The great leader is laid low
He was ready to fall
He was quick to defend
Killed outright he was
By his own men

It's the last day's last hour
Of the last happy year
I feel that the unknown
The world is so dear
Pride will vanish
And glory will rot
But virtue lives
And cannot be forgot

The bells
Of evening have rung
There's blasphemy
On the end of the tongue
Let them say that I walked
In fair nature's light
And that I was loyal
To truth and to right

Serve God and meet your full
Look upward beyond
Beyond the darkness that masks
The surprises of dawn
In the deep green grasses
And the blood stained woods
They never dreamed of surrendering
They fell where they stood

Stars fell over Alabama
And I saw each star
You're walking in dreams
Whoever you are
Chilled as the skies
Keen as the frost
And the ground's froze hard
And the morning is lost

A letter to mother
Came today
Gunshot wound to the breast
Is what it did say
But he'll be better soon
He's in a hospital bed
But he'll never be better
He's already dead

I'm ten miles outside the city
And I'm lifted away
In an ancient light
That is not of day
They were calm they were gloomed
We knew them all too well
We loved each other more than
We ever dared to tell


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"'Cross the Green Mountain" as written by Bob Dylan

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    General CommentA wonderful song, almost worth sitting through Gods and Generals for.

    But "the rapper's land lies for miles behind"? Really? I've listened to that line carefully again and again, and I'm sure he's saying "the ravaged land lies for miles behind". Given that the latter would make, well, sense.
    Goodjohnon July 25, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt's definitely "ravaged". There are a few other mistakes, e.g. pretty sure it's "unknown world is so near" rather than "dear".

    One of the best Dylan songs ever, and therefore one of the best songs by anyone ever. Criminally neglected, no doubt due to its length and complex subject matter.

    Stars fell over Alabama
    I saw each star
    You're walking in dreams
    Whoever you are

    gives me goosebumps every time.
    caitsith01on January 30, 2011   Link
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    General CommentIt's definitely "ravaged". There are a few other mistakes, e.g. pretty sure it's "unknown world is so near" rather than "dear".

    One of the best Dylan songs ever, and therefore one of the best songs by anyone ever. Criminally neglected, no doubt due to its length and complex subject matter.

    Stars fell over Alabama
    I saw each star
    You're walking in dreams
    Whoever you are

    gives me goosebumps every time.
    caitsith01on January 30, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI believe it's a surreal song narrating the death of Stonewll Jackson with commentary on the world,both now and over the vista of time. His soul rises and leaves the earthly bonds and goes to "the souls in heaven who we'll meet..." God bless Bob Dylan, a greater poet this age has not known.
    pdederickon August 20, 2011   Link

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