"She's Your Lover Now" as written by and Bob Dylan....
The pawnbroker roared
Also, so, so did the landlord
The scene was so crazy, wasn't it?
Both were so glad
To watch me destroy what I had
Pain sure brings out the best in people, doesn't it?
Why didn't you just leave me if you didn't want to stay?
Why'd you have to treat me so bad?
Did it have to be that way?
Now you stand here expectin' me to remember somethin' you forgot to say
Yes, and you, I see you're still with her, well
That's fine 'cause she's comin' on so strange, can't you tell?
Somebody had better explain
She's got her iron chain
I'd do it, but I, I just can't remember how
You talk to her
She's your lover now.

I already assumed
That we're in the felony room
But I ain't a judge, you don't have to be nice to me
But please tell that
To your friend in the cowboy hat
You know he keeps on sayin' ev'rythin' twice to me
You know I was straight with you
You know I've never tried to change you in any way
You know if you didn't want to be with me
That you could . . . didn't have to stay.
Now you stand here sayin' you forgive and forget. Honey, what can I say?
Yes, you, you just sit around and ask for ashtrays, can't you reach?
I see you kiss her on the cheek ev'rytime she gives a speech
With her picture books of the pyramid
And her postcards of Billy the Kid
(Why must everybody bow?)
You better talk to her 'bout it
You're her lover now.

Oh, ev'rybody that cares
Is goin' up the castle stairs
But I'm not up in your castle, honey
It's true, I just can't recall
San Francisco at all
I can't even remember El Paso, uh, honey
You never had to be faithful
I didn't want you to grieve
Oh, why was it so hard for you
If you didn't want to be with me, just to leave?
Now you stand here while your finger's goin' up my sleeve
An' you, just what do you do anyway? Ain't there nothin' you can say?
She'll be standin' on the bar soon
With a fish head an' a harpoon
An' a fake beard plastered on her brow
You'd better do somethin' quick
She's your lover now.

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"She's Your Lover Now [outtake]" as written by Bob Dylan

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  • +2
    General CommentThere's a solo version of this out on bootlegs, which is just Bob alone at the piano stomping his foot for rhythm and singing with almost scary intensity.

    The version above leaves out the last verse:

    Oh, why must I fall into this sadness?
    Do I look like Charles Atlas?
    Do you think I still got what you still got, baby?
    Her voice is really warm
    It's just that it ain't got no form
    But it's just like a dead man's last pistol shot, baby
    Oh, your mouth used to be naked,
    your eyes used to be so blue
    Your hurts used to be so nameless
    and your tears used to be so few
    Now your eyes cry wolf while your mouth cries:
    "I'm not scared of animals like you."
    And you there's really nothing about you I can recall
    I just saw you that one time and you were just there, that's all
    But I've already been kissed,
    I'm not gonna get into this
    I couldn't make it anyhow
    You do it for me
    You're her lover now
    beer goodon July 20, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"you just sit around and ask for ashtrays, can't you reach?"
    i just love that line! vicious vicious bob
    morningmorgantownon September 06, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI always had a feeling that this song (along with others from Blonde on Blonde, including Just like a woman) is about Dylan's weird relationship with Edie Sedgwick (and in this case, an unknown male). Just a hunch really, but 'a fake beard plastered on her brow' could plausibly be a reference to Sedgwick's penchant for coating her hair in silver to make her look like Andy Warhol.
    TomBlakeon April 06, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song hasn't been tackled simply because it is so complex, on the surface. The shifts in perspective can be hard to follow, but I don't think the song could have been done any better.

    Dylan's talking here to an ex and her new lover in alternate verses. There's a lot of venom chucked at both of them in lines like: 'Yes, and you, you just sit around here and ask for ashtrays, CAN'T YOU REACH?!?'. The problem is that there's not much of a 'hook' to this tune, and you have to pay attention to it in order to enjoy it. After so many years of fans having to seek this out on bootleg, it is finally appreciated as The Masterwork That Wasn't !

    That's the reason why I think it was left off the _Blonde on Blonde_ album, and parts of the song were recycled for 'One Of Us Must Know' (Sooner Or Later). There were supposedly 17 takes of 'She's Your Lover Now'; I'm sure a good track could have been spliced together if Dylan wanted this on album at the time.
    elephant_rangeon July 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHe's sitting in a room at a party with his ex and her new man...
    this has some of Dylan's most acidic lines..
    As elephant Range noted above and it's folow up "I see you give her a kiss every time she makes a speech.."
    And these lines crack me up:
    "I already assumed
    That we're in the felony room
    But I ain't a judge, you don't have to be nice to me
    But please tell that
    To your friend in the cowboy hat
    You know he keeps on sayin' ev'rythin' twice to me..."

    heavycolaon April 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow. this song is amazing, i wish it had been on blonde on blonde.
    haley52441on May 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthe's trying to convince himself that the girl was more of a hassle to be with and so he's happy that she is someone else's problem/lover (lol) now. but poor bob is so sensitive it really hurts him and he turns his hurt into anger. love the can't you reach line lol. okay this is my final comment (maybe)
    jasssson November 09, 2009   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionOne small but important correction to the last verse.He says "MY voice is really warm".I listened carefully several times. One pronoun makes a profound difference doesn't it?
    leftyloneron October 15, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionI think this is one of Bob Dylan's finest lyrics. Maybe even THE finest. It's funny how people below have specifically picked up on the 'ashtray/reach' part as that's the line even my "don't get Dylan" friends have to admit is one of the best put-downs ever, be it from a song, or anywhere. I think this is a better 'put-down' song as it's sharper and more cutting than Positively 4th Street or Ballad of a Thin Man (which many people suggest are among Dylan's great put-down songs) as it's ultimately about lost love and 'post-relationship hurt', which are more poignant than criticising even betrayed friendship or people not being hip and holding you back, respectively.

    Although |I've loved the full band version for >15 years, I hadn't heard the >8minute demo version on You Tube till this morning, which is what prompted me to write this. It suspends time and it's like being in the room next to him working it out as he goes. It feels like the nearest I've ever been to anyone really good doing anythingreally well - and it was nearly 50 years ago.

    So today has been a good day!
    SteveGon March 30, 2013   Link
  • -1
    General Commentmy version ends abruptly at mouth too.... hm
    jasssson October 20, 2009   Link

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