There must be some way out of here
Said the joker to the thief
There's too much confusion here
I can't get no relief
Businessmen they drink my wine
Plowmen dig my earth
None of them know along the line
What any of this is worth
Yeah

No reason to get excited
The thief, he kindly spoke
There are many here among us
Who think that life is but a joke
But you and I, we've been through that
And that is not our fate
So let us not talk falsely now
Because the hour is getting late

All along the watchtower
And Princess kept the view
While horsemen came and went
Barefoot servants too

All I got is a red guitar
Three chords
And the truth

All I got is a red guitar
The rest is up to you

There's no reason to get excited
The thief, he kindly spoke
There are some among us here
Say that life is just a joke
You and I, we've been through that
And that is not our fate (at least today)
So let us not talk falsely now
Because the hour is getting late
Late

Yeah
Yeah, yeah
Yeah ey-ey-ey
Ahh, ahh, yeah-ey-ey-ey


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All Along the Watchtower [Live] Lyrics as written by Bob Dylan

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    It's a Dylan song, but they did sing it good.

    U2aholicon July 28, 2002   Link
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    gah I swear it seems like every band has covered this song!!!

    but I love U2 and bono is God so he can do what he wants.

    deathbearon August 22, 2002   Link
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    Yeah a lot of people have covered it. I really like their verison of it though. Especially the extra verse Bono adds in:

    All I got is a red guitar Three chords and the truth All I got is a red guitar The rest is up to you

    It's good song.

    u2elevationon August 24, 2002   Link
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    rock and roll stops the traffic

    USPOAHZMSFon April 10, 2003   Link
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    i had "All I got is a red guitar Three chords and the truth" engraved on the back of my guitar, it reminds me of the whole point of music

    utasteadrenalineon April 15, 2004   Link
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    I didn't know U2 did a cover of this.

    Philadelphia Eagleson September 24, 2004   Link
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    U2 covered this.... thats really not cool, bono is horrible this song is for hendrix and dylan and maybe some other bands of that era to cover (the grateful dead maybe) Its a dylan song and i very much doubt these morons have any idea as to what there singing about. And that extra crap he threw in makes him sound like a moron

    purplehaze8xon December 30, 2004   Link
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    i don't. I think everyone is entitled to their opinion. This song is excellent and to be covered by so many artists only proves its excellence. I think Jimi's version is the best, but that is only my OPINION. DMB version is great (just about the only song of theirs i like), U2 is good (i don't like that extra verse), and grateful dead's version is ok.

    adam1986on July 24, 2005   Link
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    let me add that U2 is an excellent band, whom i love dearly, except their later stuff, pre-HTDAAB. That pretty much sucked, except for some exceptions. That is my OPINION though.

    adam1986on July 24, 2005   Link
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    While U2s version on Rattle and Hum always gives me an adreneline rush, even Bob Dylan himself admitted in an interview several years back that Hendrix version of this song was the best cover of one of his tunes that he had ever heard.

    scoonmanon April 24, 2006   Link

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