Well, I took me a woman late last night
I's three-fourths drunk she looked all right
'Till she started peelin' off her onion gook
She took off her wig, said, "How do I look?"
I's high flyin', bare naked, out the window

Well, sometimes I might get drunk
Walk like a duck and smell like a skunk
Don't hurt me none, don't hurt my pride
'Cause I got my little lady right by my side
She's a-tryin' to hide
Pretendin' she don't know me

I's out there paintin' on the old wood shed
When a can o'black paint it fell on my head
I went down to scrub and rub
But I had to sit in back of the tub
Cost a quarter
Half price

Well, my telephone rang it would not stop
It's President Kennedy callin' me up
He said, My friend, Bob, what do we need to make the country grow?
I said my friend, John, Brigitte Bardot
Anita Ekberg
Sophia Loren
Country'll grow

Well, I got a woman five feet short
She yells and hollers and squeals and snorts
She tickles my nose pats me on the head
Blows me over and kicks me out of bed
She's a man eater
Meat grinder
Bad loser

Oh, there ain't no use in me workin' alla time
I got a woman who works herself blind
Works up to her britches, up to her neck
Write me letters and sends me checks
She's a humdinger
Folk singer

Late one day in the middle of the week
Eyes were closed I was half asleep
I chased me a woman up the hill
Right in the middle of an air drill
I jumped a fallout shelter
I jumped the string bean
I jumped the TV dinner
I jumped the shot gun

Now, the man on the stand he wants my vote
He's a-runnin' for office on the ballot note
He's out there preachin' in front of the steeple
Tellin' me he loves all kinds-a people
He's eatin' bagels
He's eatin' pizza
He's eatin' chitlins

Oh, set me down on a television floor
I'll flip the channel to number four
Out of the shower comes a football man
With a bottle of oil in his hand
Greasy kid stuff
What I want to know, Mr. Football Man, is
What do you do about Willy Mays
Martin Luther King

Well, the funniest woman I ever seen
Was the great-granddaughter of Mr. Clean
She takes about fifteen baths a day
Wants me to grow a moustache on my face
She's insane

Well, ask me why I'm drunk alla time
It levels my head and eases my mind
I just walk along and stroll and sing
I see better days and I do better things
I catch dinosaurs
I make love to Elizabeth Taylor
Catch hell from Richard Burton

Lyrics submitted by Jack, edited by goodnews

I Shall Be Free Lyrics as written by Bob Dylan

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  • +2
    General CommentTook me a while to notice the reference to racial segregation in the third verse.
    Used to think it was just playful nonsense.
    BraveSirRobinon January 15, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentEasily my favorite Dylan song... if it's not yours, it should be! Not that anybody's gonna read this, but... yeah, it covers the full Dylan spectrum- insightful, political, sometimes nonsensical, completely hysterical. Gotta love the noble-sounding title and the constrasting, irreverent content. I love it!
    Nova4761on January 15, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"He's eatin' bagels, he's eatin' pizza, he's eatin' chitlins" makes me grin every time :)
    StarmanDXon December 06, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHAHAH you're not perverted, abel bob is! lol
    jasssson February 03, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti hear ya, amazing, but "don't think twice, it's alright" is my real fave

    "i just along and stroll and sing
    i see better days and i do better things"
    lost_in_twlighton April 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRight on, Jack, for transcribing the song and putting it on here. There's one correction to point out, though. "Oula Tunjee" should be "Olatunji", as in Babatunde Olatunji, the musician from Nigeria.
    march1291on April 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIs the part about Kennedy a sexual pun? You know, these beautiful women would make people "grow". Or perhaps I'm just a pervert or dude with a fertile imagination.
    Abel Tumacácorion June 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentanyone know who the "football man" on the TV he was referring to?
    thereisnospoon1on December 03, 2008   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningI figured out where the 'greasy kid stuff' line comes from.
    When Ted Kennedy got elected to the US senate for the first time in 1962, his older brother President Kennedy joked with him. Ted recalled:
    "I was down at the White House this afternoon with some suggestions for the State of the Union address, but all I got from him was, "Are you still using that greasy kid stuff on your hair?"
    justduckygalon September 03, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell, my telephone rang it would not stop,
    It's President Kennedy callin' me up.
    He said, 'My friend, Bob, what do we need to make the country grow?'
    I said, 'My friend, John, Brigitte Bardot,
    Anita Ekberg,
    Sophia Loren.'

    HAhahaha.....i love this verse....
    EchoesVoiceson November 30, 2009   Link

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