"Tears of Rage" as written by and Bob Dylan Dylan Bob....
We carried you in our arms on Independence Day
And now you throw us all aside and put us all away
Oh, what dear daughter 'neath the sun could treat her father so
To wait upon him hand and foot, yet always tell him no

Tears of rage, tears of grief
Why must I always be the thief
Come to me now, you know we're so alone
And life is brief

It was all so very painless when you ran out to receive
All that false instruction which we never could believe
And now the heart is filled with gold as if it was a purse
But, oh, what kind of love is this which goes from bad to worse

Tears of rage, tears of grief
Why must I always be the thief
Come to me now, you know we're so alone
And life is brief

We pointed you the way to go and scratched your name in sand
Though you just thought it was nothing more than a place for you to stand
I want you to know that while we watched you discover no one would be true
That I myself was among the ones who thought it was just a childish thing to do

Tears of rage, tears of grief
Why must I always be the thief
Come to me now, you know we're so alone
And life is brief


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  • +4
    General CommentThe opening song to their first album, this sad account of a daughter's rejection of her father is sung beautifully by Richard Manuel. Never had Richard sounded this intense or emotional..it's something you've truly got to hear. If you like his voice then I recommend "I Shall Be Released", "Rockin' Chair", and "King Harvest (Has Surely Come)". Although the credits to the song are Dylan/Manuel, I'm pretty sure Dylan wrote the lyrics and Richard came up with the piano. There's a version of the song on "The Basement Tapes" with Dylan singing lead and Richard in the background. Definetely worth checking out.
    shoebobson April 28, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWow, such a beautiful song. All about the absurdity of life and the beauty of life. In the end, dust to dust. But in the mean time, at least we have...oh who am I kidding, we're all dead in the end.
    TheDixieFlatlineon October 29, 2011   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningThe lines "What dear daughter 'neath the sun could love a father so
    To wait upon him hand and foot and always tell him no?" seem to me a pretty clear allusion to King Lear and his daughter Cordelia's refusal to flatter him. Indeed, one could interpret the whole song as a exegesis of King Lear.
    Lovedajazzon July 04, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. It's so cool how the electric guitar is plugged into an organ! I like the Basement Tapes version of this song too but I agree with "shoebobs", Richard Manuel's rendition is positively spectacular. Music From Big Pink is one of those few PERFECT albums. And this song is the perfect opening. I love everything about this song. The sad, honest lyrics. The flawless music. Perfect.
    sweetlewon April 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmanuel just sings with such emotion and the guitar organ and piano sync into such hypnotic waves, this is by far the number one track on big pink and number two all time by the band behind 'it makes no difference' the woodstock performance of this song is great too, dylans version is much more bland though, if youve seen interviews with manuel youd be surprised that he can sing like he does too bad he went and off'd himself 20 years ago
    tgod75on June 28, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song
    canniballzon August 06, 2013   Link
  • 0
    QuestionBut what does it mean?
    rustykenhason May 28, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIdk if it was intended or not - I’d tend to think so - but I get undertones of a rejection of the “don’t trust anyone over 30” crowd/ethos. Dylan was always suspicious of it, didn’t take part in many of the things the sixties are known for (Woodstock/Monterey, etc) even though he was one of the big names of the early sixties folk/protest movements...like it was taken as too far.
    force263on February 28, 2019   Link

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