"Clothes Line Saga" as written by and Bob Dylan....
After a while we took in the clothes
Nobody said very much
Just some old wild shirts and a couple pairs of pants
Which nobody wanted to touch
Mama come in and picked up a book
An' papa asked her what it was
Someone else asked,what do you care
Papa said well, just because
Then they started to take back their clothes
Hang 'em on the line
It was January the thirtieth
And everybody was feelin' fine

The next day, everybody got up
Seein' if the clothes were dry
The dogs were barking, a neighbor passed
Mama, of course, she said,hi
Have you heard the news he said with a grin
The vice president's gone mad
Where downtown when last night
Hmm, say, that's too bad
Well, there's nothing we can do about it,said the neighbor
It's just something we're gonna have to forget
Yes, I guess so said ma
Then she asked me if the clothes was still wet

I reached up, touched my shirt
And the neighbor said, are those clothes yours
I said, some of them, not all of them
He said,ya always help out around here with the chores
I said, sometimes, not all of the time
Then my neighbor blew his nose
Just as papa yelled outside
Mama wants you to come back in the house and bring them clothes
Well, I just do what I'm told so I did it, of course
I went back in the house and mama met me
And then I shut all the doors


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"Clothes Line Saga" as written by Bob Dylan

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    General Commentwth? copyright restrictions? All the other Basement Tapes songs are here...

    It is generally speculated that this song is Bob Dylan's response to "Ode to Billie Joe" by Bobbie Gentry, a song Dylan enjoyed.


    After a while we took in the clothes
    Nobody said very much
    Just some old wild shirts and a couple pairs of pants
    Which nobody really wanted to touch
    Mama come in and picked up a book
    An’ Papa asked her what it was
    Someone else asked, “What do you care?”
    Papa said, “Well, just because”
    Then they started to take back their clothes
    Hang ’em on the line
    It was January the thirtieth
    And everybody was feelin’ fine

    The next day everybody got up
    Seein’ if the clothes were dry
    The dogs were barking, a neighbor passed
    Mama, of course, she said, “Hi!”
    “Have you heard the news?” he said, with a grin
    “The Vice-President’s gone mad!”
    “Where?” “Downtown.” “When?” “Last night”
    “Hmm, say, that’s too bad!”
    “Well, there’s nothin’ we can do about it,” said the neighbor
    “It’s just somethin’ we’re gonna have to forget”
    “Yes, I guess so,” said Ma
    Then she asked me if the clothes was still wet

    I reached up, touched my shirt
    And the neighbor said, “Are those clothes yours?”
    I said, “Some of ’em, not all of ’em”
    He said, “Ya always help out around here with the chores?”
    I said, “Sometime, not all the time”
    Then my neighbor, he blew his nose
    Just as Papa yelled outside
    “Mama wants you t’ come back in the house and bring them clothes”
    Well, I just do what I’m told
    So, I did it, of course
    I went back in the house and Mama met me
    And then I shut all the doors
    NankerPhelgeon February 11, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLove this one: it's like everyone's in on some joke or conspiracy but the narrator. The Vice President goes mad and everyone's suspiciously chill about it and they send the narrator away... good smirking vocal from Dylan.
    AlexanderDumbasson February 24, 2015   Link

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