"Odds and Ends" as written by and Bob Dylan....
I stand in awe and shake my face
You break your promise all over the place
You promised to love me but what do I see ?
Just you comin' in and spillin' juice over me
Odds and ends, odds and ends
Lost time is not found again.

Now you take your file and you bend my head
I never can remember anything that you said
You promised to love me, but what do I know ?
You're spillin' juice on me like you got some place to go
Odds and ends, odds and ends
Lost time is not found again.

Now I've had enough, my box is clean
You know what I'm sayin' and you know what I mean
From now on you'd best get on some-one else
While you're doin' it, keep that juice to yourself
Odds and ends, odds and ends
Lost time is not found again.


Lyrics submitted by BraveSirRobin, edited by NankerPhelge

"Odds and Ends" as written by Bob Dylan

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  • +2
    General CommentJust for the record, the first line sounds to me like
    "I stand in awe and I shake my face,"
    but having checked around a good bit, these are the lyrics that come up on nearly every other site.
    BraveSirRobinon January 15, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSounds like that to me too!
    bigecon January 23, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe lyrics are DEFO wrong...there's no way that Dylan says 'plan it all' - I think you're right, BraveSirRobin

    I'm not too sure what Dylan's talking about here but I interpret it as coming from a guy after being dumped by a woman because she's after marriage, kids etc. and the guy isn't like that at all - although she's tried to change him ("you take your file and you bend my head", "keep that juice to yourself"). The 'lost time' that is 'not found again' could be on both their parts
    acphenomon November 01, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFrom wikipedia:

    The chorus of the opening song–"Odds and ends, odds and ends/Lost time is not found again"–functions as "a kind of editorial comment on the entire Basement Tapes", writes Andy Gill, emphasizing the songs' "fragmentary form and fleeting pleasures".[3] Heylin suggests that this was one of the final basement songs to be recorded, and that here Dylan acknowledges that "when it came to spouting catchphrase choruses while espousing mock profundities in the verses, the process had just about run its course. Dylan admits as much by singing, 'I've had enough, my box is clean/You know what I'm saying and you know what I mean'."[4]
    NankerPhelgeon January 19, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about someone, perhaps, who has forgotten that she's not his...by his choice. Interesting song.
    TurnMeOnon January 19, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me this is the track that best shows the Blonde on Blonde era Dylan was still inside Bob.
    iceboxon January 09, 2017   Link
  • -1
    General CommentActually, I dunno why I said 'guy' and 'woman' - they could be anyone! It's just because Dylan's singing it, but yeah, could be any gender obviously
    acphenomon November 01, 2009   Link
  • -1
    General CommentActually, I dunno why I said 'guy' and 'woman' - they could be anyone! It's just because Dylan's singing it, but yeah, could be any gender obviously
    acphenomon November 01, 2009   Link

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