"Seven Curses" as written by and Bob Dylan....
Old Reilly stole a stallion
But they caught him and they brought him back
And they laid him down on the jailhouse ground
With an iron chain around his neck.

Old Reilly's daughter got a message
That her father was goin' to hang.
She rode by night and came by morning
With gold and silver in her hand.

When the judge he saw Reilly's daughter
His old eyes deepened in his head,
Sayin', "Gold will never free your father,
The price, my dear, is you instead."

"Oh I'm as good as dead," cried Reilly,
"It's only you that he does crave
And my skin will surely crawl if he touches you at all.
Get on your horse and ride away."

"Oh father you will surely die
If I don't take the chance to try
And pay the price and not take your advice.
For that reason I will have to stay."

The gallows shadows shook the evening,
In the night a hound dog bayed,
In the night the grounds were groanin',
In the night the price was paid.

The next mornin' she had awoken
To know that the judge had never spoken.
She saw that hangin' branch a-bendin',
She saw her father's body broken.

These be seven curses on a judge so cruel:
That one doctor will not save him,
That two healers will not heal him,
That three eyes will not see him.

That four ears will not hear him,
That five walls will not hide him,
That six diggers will not bury him
And that seven deaths shall never kill him.

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"Seven Curses [outtake]" as written by Bob Dylan

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    General CommentA little-known Dylan song from when he had more of a Guthrie-type feel. I think its excellent, it really says something about Dylan when he has hundreds of songs that everybody loves, but hundreds of other songs that nobody even nows, and probably still hundreds more that nobody even remembers.
    EZEebson January 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. It's like this sweet sad little story. Luckily Bootlegs really help put his little known songs out there.
    tiffany-twistedon February 12, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwow i've had this song for a while but there are so many songs this one never really got my attention until today. i was getting dressed with dylan on shuffle and i was like "what song is THAT?"
    such a simple sad story
    jasssson September 28, 2009   Link
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    General Commentreally love this song. such a little treasure on the bootleg series.

    the world really is missing fables and stories like this, albeit tragic.
    rockisgroovyon April 30, 2011   Link

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