"From a Buick 6" as written by and Bob Dylan....
I got this graveyard woman, you know she keeps my kids
But my soulful mama, you know she keeps me hid
She's a junkyard angel and she always gives me bread
Well, if I go down dyin', you know she's bound to put a blanket on my bed

Well, when the pipeline gets broken and I'm lost on the river bridge
I'm all cracked up on the highway and in the water's edge
And then she comes down a thruway, ready to sew me up with a thread
Well, if I go down dyin', you know she's bound to put a blanket on my bed

Well, she don't make me nervous, she don't talk too much
She walks like Bo Diddley and she don't need no crutch
She keeps this four-ten all loaded with lead
Well, if I go down dyin', you know she's bound to put a blanket on my bed, c'mon

Well, you know I need a steam shovel, mama, to keep away the dead
I need a dump truck, baby, to unload my head
She brings me everything and more, and just like I said
Well, if I go down dyin', you know she's bound to put a blanket on my bed


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"From a Buick 6" as written by Bob Dylan

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    General CommentI think it's a shotgun.
    Michialon September 06, 2005   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationGuys, this song is all about drug addiction. Let's look at some of the words and see the double entendre...

    You know she keeps me hid - hiding his drug habit

    Junkyard angel - heroin is called junk (as in junkie) and an angel is a supplier

    If I go down dyin' - severe withdrawl systoms

    Pipeline gets broken - the supply of heroin dries up

    Lost on the river bridge - cannot find any heroin to score

    She comes down a thruway - she has a much needed supply of heroin

    Sew me up with a thread - Sew means needle, a syringe of heroin

    She don't need no crutch - not addicted to heroin

    She keeps a 4 10 - a 4 10 is a shotgun and also a term of a loaded syringe

    Keep away the dead - stay away from junkies

    She brings me everything and more - always has a supply of dope

    Go down dying - when having withdrawl symptoms you need a blanket because of the chills...

    Case closed. Dylan was hanging around the junkies of NYC and he wrote about his experiences (a user himself?) in words that covered up the illegality of what he saw so that his songs were acceptable to the unknowing public.
    castalia2576on December 21, 2015   Link
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    General CommentSeems to be a song in honor of a much appreciated woman. What's a "four-ten"?
    DAS JETSon April 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSeems to be a song in honor of a much appreciated woman. What's a "four-ten"?
    DAS JETSon April 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song's almost certainly about sara, who he had just fallen in love with at the time and who by all accounts was and is "a junkyard angel"
    patobrienon March 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA .410 is a shotgun.
    sailingallaloneon December 28, 2006   Link
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    General Commenthe's writing from the buick not about it. He probably went on the road in one, saw the truth and realised he needs his woman to keep him alive. Without women wouldn't men be screwed? While he's off living out his illusory life, she's there behind him keeping it real. Without her he couldn't do it.
    dan105on February 27, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"And if I don't make it,
    You know my baby will."

    I like to think he's talking about how his music will endure after he's gone.
    This song is so fucking beautiful it kills me.
    BraveSirRobinon January 27, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOops, wrong song :)

    Well, I love this song too. Sounds like a pretty great girl he's singing about.
    BraveSirRobinon January 28, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWell, on its surface this song obviously sounds like it's about a woman; or perhaps about a Buick Six that he refers to as "she" (as people who are fond of certain objects like a guitar or vehicle often do). That being said, you can rarely be absolutely sure with songs written by Bob Dylan. I think that the music of a song can give just as much of a meaning as the lyrics of a song can; upon hearing this song, I immediately felt like I was being portrayed what it would be like to be in a drunken stupor on amphetamines, something that, at this time, Bob Dylan would know a thing or two about...
    Gordon123on May 23, 2009   Link

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