"Abandoned Love" as written by and Bob Dylan....
I can see the turning of the key
I've been deceived by the clown inside of me
I thought that he was righteous but he's vain
Oh, something's a-telling me I wear the ball and chain

My patron saint is a-fighting with a ghost
He's always off somewhere when I need him most
The Spanish moon is rising on the hill
But my heart is a-tellin' me I love you still

I come back to the town from the flaming moon
I see you in the streets, I begin to swoon
I love to see you dress before the mirror
Won't you let me in your room one time before I finally disappear?

Everybody's wearing a disguise
To hide what they've got left behind their eyes
But me, I can't cover what I am
Wherever the children go I'll follow them

I march in the parade of liberty
But as long as I love you I'm not free
How long must I suffer such abuse?
Won't you let me see your smile before I turn you loose?

I've given up the game, I've got to leave
The pot of gold is only make-believe
The treasure can't be found by men who search
Whose gods are dead and whose queens are in the church

We sat in an empty theater and we kissed
I asked ya please to cross me off your list
My head tells me it's time to make a change
But my heart is telling me I love ya but you're strange

So one more time at midnight, near the wall
Take off your heavy make-up and your shawl
Won't you descend from the throne, from where you sit?
Let me feel your love one more time before I abandon it


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"Abandoned Love" as written by Bob Dylan

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    General CommentBrilliant examination of knowing a relationship is over but not wanting it to be, wanting to be the first to leave but not wanting to leave at all... There's a live version of this where the last three verses are different (and better, IMO).

    I can't play the game no more, I can't abide
    by their stupid rules which kept me sick inside
    They've been made by men who've given up the search
    Whose gods are dead and whose queens are in the church.

    Send out for Saint John the Evangelist
    All my friends are drunk, they can be dismissed.
    My head says that it's time to make a change
    But my heart is telling me I love ya but you're strange.

    So step lightly, darling, near the wall
    Put on your heavy make-up, wear your shawl.
    Won't you descend from the throne, from where you sit?
    Let me feel your love one more time before I abandon it.
    beer goodon July 19, 2006   Link

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