"Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?" as written by and B. Dylan....
He sits in your room, his tomb with a fist full of tacks
Preoccupied with his vengeance
Cursin' the dead that can't answer him back
You know that he has no intentions
Of looking your way, unless it's to say
That he needs you to test his inventions

Hey, come crawl out your window
Use your hands and legs it won't ruin you
How can you say he will haunt you?
You can go back to him any time you want to

He looks so truthful, is this how he feels?
Trying to peel the moon and expose it
With his business-like anger and bloodhounds that kneel
If he needs a third eye he just grows it
He just needs you to talk or to hand him his chalk
Or pick it up after he throws it

Hey, please crawl out your window
Oh, use your hands and legs it won't ruin you
How can you say he will haunt you?
You can go back to him any time you want to

He looks so righteous while your face is so changed
As you sit on the box you keep him in
While his genocide fools and friends rearrange
Their religion of the little ten women
That backs up their views but your face is so bruised
Come on out the dark is just beginning

Hey, please come out your window
Oh, use your hands and legs it won't ruin you
How can you say he will haunt you?
When you can go back to him any time that you want to

You've got a lot of nerve to say you are my friend
If you won't come out your window
Yes, come out your window

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"Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?" as written by B. Dylan


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    General CommentIt sounds a bit Edie Sedgwick-y. Instead of inviting her to have an affair, he's trying to get her away from Warhol and hang out with him, but she sees it as a betray to Andy. His "inventions" and "bloodhounds that kneel" sound like Factory talk to me
    tiffany-twistedon February 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThere are two versions of this song - the one which appears on 'Biograph' was recorded with 'The Hawks', later known as 'The Band', and released officially as a single.

    A previous version was recorded during the 'Highway 61 Revisited' sessions and accidentally released as 'Positively Fourth Street' in the first pressing of that single. This version is FAR superior, although the lyrics in the chorus use 'come on' instead of the 'use your hands and legs' that appears in the Hawks' version.

    Gotta love the use of the word 'genocide'...I'm perplexed, it sounds more like 'jealous-eyed', but Bob was using a lot of wordplay in his songs at this time.

    The lyrics sound like a clever invitation to a woman to an affair. It also sounds like it was released as an attempt to appeal to the pop market to effectively follow-up 'Like A Rolling Stone' (not counting 'Positively Fourth Street', which was a well-timed and opportunistic dig).

    It's easy to say now, but the H61 session version of 'Crawl' would have been more effective.
    elephant_rangeon February 27, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti can relate to bob's attitude and perspective in this song on a very personal level
    patobrienon March 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI felt that it was to a woman who is in a relationship in which she feels neglected, and Dylan is exploiting her vulnerability.
    Abq_physon May 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI guess it`s just: come and see me if you want it, don`t look for a reason to stay where you don`t wanna be, you don`t mean that much to me, but I want you if you want me.
    Keithrockson September 12, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti agree with tiffany-twisted. this whole thing sounds like it's about edie. andy is the one she can go back to anytime she wants to. basically he is saying andy is just using edie. i never got the feeling that bob cared much about edie so i guess that's why he doesn't sound so desperate he probably just wants a good time but doesn't care where it goes... i like both versions.
    jasssson December 05, 2009   Link
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    General CommentLyrically and in terms of words, this must be one of Dylan's most complex songs. Only a few of his songs are precise, and it is songs such as this one which really establish Dylan as a puzzle maker as much as they establish him as a brilliant songwriter. Every Dylan song has meaning. That is the first point to note. He simply obscures it, to the extent that his songs seem to be open to interpretation, which they are. Every listener must therefore form his own understanding of it. Dylan, like all great artists, detests the need to explain his work, his objectives with it and his success with these objectives but one reason for remaining elusive is that everyone must figure the puzzle out for himself. It is like any beautiful epigram by Wilde, or a short prose of Khalil Gibran. Once you start sorting things out with a Bob Dylan song, such as this one, the curiosity is half the joy.
    Gibranon December 13, 2011   Link

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