"Duquesne Whistle" as written by Robert C. Hunter and Bob Dylan....
Listen to that Duquesne whistle blowing
Blowing like it's gonna sweep my world away
I'm gonna stop at Carmangale and keep on going
That Duquesne train gon' rock me night and day

You say I'm a gambler, you say I'm a pimp
But I ain't neither one

Listen to that Duquesne whistle blowing
Sound like it's on a final run

Listen to that Duquesne whistle blowing
Blowing like she never blowed before
Little light blinking, red light glowing
Blowing like she's at my chamber door

You smiling through the fence at me
Just like you've always smiled before

Listen to that Duquesne whistle blowing
Blowing like she ain't gon' blow no more

Can't you hear that Duquesne whistle blowing?
Blowing like the sky's gonna blow apart
You're the only thing alive that keeps me going
You're like a time bomb in my heart

I can hear a sweet voice steadily calling
Must be the mother of our Lord

Listen to that Duquesne whistle blowing
Blowing like my woman's on board

Listen to that Duquesne whistle blowing
Blowing like it's gon' blow my blues away
You're a rascal, I know exactly where you're going
I'll lead you there myself at the break of day

I wake up every morning with that woman in my bed
Everybody telling me she's gone to my head

Listen to that Duquesne whistle blowing
Blowing like it's gon' kill me dead

Can't you hear that Duquesne whistle blowing?
Blowing through another no good town

The lights on my native land are glowing
I wonder if they'll know me next time 'round
I wonder if that old oak tree's still standing
That old oak tree, the one we used to climb

Listen to that Duquesne whistle blowing
Blowing like she's blowing right on time


Lyrics submitted by mike, edited by ho-ju

"Duquesne Whistle" as written by Bob Dylan Robert Hunter

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    My InterpretationI think the 'Duquesne Whistle' of which Dylan sings is the Joplin, Missouri tornado of May 2011 which nearly leveled Joplin and the small neighboring town of Duquesne, Missouri, but no one ever heard about Duquesne in the news.

    "Blowing like it's gonna sweep my world away..."
    "Blowing like the sky's gonna blow apart..."
    "Wonder if that old oak tree's still standing..."

    Great lyrics about a terrible tragedy. You're still the voice of America Bob.
    rambler84on October 30, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationI think it sings about the returning of Christ, The Trumpets sound, The Apocalypse - Tragedy that follows it.Dylan is calling us to be prepared as Christians. May we be through God's grace
    JohnTheBelovedon August 08, 2015   Link
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    General CommentIt's about having diarrhea in the back of a tour bus.
    OddLeggedOswldon May 23, 2016   Link

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