"Paths of Victory" as written by and Bob Dylan....
The trail is dark and dusty
The road, it's kinda rough,
But the good road is a-waiting
And boys it ain't far off.

Trails of troubles,
Roads of battles,
Paths of victory,
We shall walk.

I walked down to the valley,
I turned my head up high.
I seen that silver linin'
That was hangin' in the sky.

Trails of troubles,
Roads of battles,
Paths of victory,
We shall walk.

The evenin' dust was rollin',
I was walking down the track.
There was a one-way wind a-blowin'
It was blowin' at my back.

Trails of troubles,
Roads of battles,
Paths of victory,
We shall walk.

The gravel road is bumpy,
It's a hard old road to ride,
But the clear road's up yonder
With the cinders on the side.

Trails of troubles,
Roads of battles,
Paths of victory,
We shall walk.

The morning train was movin',
The hummin' of its wheels,
Told me of a new day
Comin' across the field.

Trails of troubles,
Roads of battles,
Paths of victory,
We shall walk.


Lyrics submitted by ballendai, edited by Mellow_Harsher

"Paths of Victory" as written by Bob Dylan

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    Song ComparisonDoes anyone know the origin of this song?
    I have several versions of this song in my collection. (Unfortunately, I am not near the collection so I don't have the details).
    One version is by Hedy West called "Pans of Biscuits." Same tune, but thelyrics describe the backbreaking life of a farmer. It's on a Smithsonian folk song collection, recorded in the early 1960's. According to the notes she learned from her great uncle who learned it circa 1880. Great version.
    I have another version of the song from a bluegrass collection - can't remeber the artist- Wilma Lee? Maybe from the 1960's . It's called "Palms of Viictory". Not sure how similar the lyrics are to this version.
    In the early days Bob was known for "reinterpreting" folk songs, so I am guessing that this is the case here.
    MamboManon July 26, 2012   Link

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