I've seen love go by my door
It's never been this close before
Never been so easy or so slow.
Been shooting in the dark too long
When somethin's not right it's wrong
Yer gonna make me lonesome when you go.

Dragon clouds so high above
I've only known careless love,
It's always hit me from below.
This time around it's more correct
Right on target, so direct,
Yer gonna make me lonesome when you go.

Purple clover, Queen Anne lace,
Crimson hair across your face,
You could make me cry if you don't know.
Can't remember what I was thinkin' of
You might be spoilin' me too much, love,
Yer gonna make me lonesome when you go.

Flowers on the hillside, bloomin' crazy,
Crickets talkin' back and forth in rhyme,
Blue river runnin' slow and lazy,
I could stay with you forever
And never realize the time.

Situations have ended sad,
Relationships have all been bad.
Mine've been like Verlaine's and Rimbaud.
But there's no way I can compare
All those scenes to this affair,
Yer gonna make me lonesome when you go.

Yer gonna make me wonder what I'm doin',
Stayin' far behind without you.
Yer gonna make me wonder what I'm sayin',
Yer gonna make me give myself a good talkin' to.

I'll look for you in old Honolulu,
San Francisco, Ashtabula,
Yer gonna have to leave me now, I know.
But I'll see you in the sky above,
In the tall grass, in the ones I love,
Yer gonna make me lonesome when you go.


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  • +5
    General CommentSigh. I adore this song. I'm not sure why - Dylan's done much 'deeper' stuff - but it's so vivid and romantic without being vomit-inducing, probably because it's not a relationship that's going to last forever. The titular refrain, and "It's never looked this close before" - i.e. it's a near miss, but not in a sad sense. It's pleasurable and meaningful but not a lifetime thing.
    gracelynon July 23, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI was told that when Dylan was writing 'Blood on the tracks' the planned for it to be his last album, and althought the songs have their other meanings they all related to how he felt about leaving the music industry, for example 'Idiot wind' showed bitterness about some of the things that happened to him during his career, but this song is him just saying that he also appreciates some stuff that music has done for him.
    msr123on March 18, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is a beautiful song. Although not my favorite overall, it does end with my favorite Bob Dylan line:

    But I'll see you in the sky above,
    In the tall grass, in the ones I love,
    Yer gonna make me lonesome when you go.

    Perfection!
    Leeeon July 13, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe transistion from the end of the third verse to the beginning of the middle 8 is so masterful "You're gonna make me a'lonesome when you go.. flowers on the hillside blooming crazy". Great stuff.
    Wearygigapeton February 05, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is one of the most beautiful, unassuming songs he ever wrote. that last verse is as close to perfect as he ever got--nothing more than it needs to be, but everything it should be. It's like, I know you gotta go, and that's alright because I'll be seeing you and thinking about you all the time. Unsurpassed beauty.
    whoryou6207on January 10, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentya i really love this song, awesome imagery. i find its just a really simple, easy to enjoy song.
    Kornoon November 19, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOMG that SO relates to me right now.
    tere_tulemaston October 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe madeleine peyroux cover of this song is amazing
    venus in furs 28on December 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGotta love Dylan, The only person I know who could successfully rhyme Honolulu and Ashtabula. The man's a freaking genius
    magpi1on January 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmuch of dylans post drug era stuff is so much clearer i sometimes listening to a song that you don't have to dissect is just fun and relaxing, this site ruined just tuning out to music for me.
    riderofwaveson February 01, 2006   Link

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