Lenny Bruce is dead but his ghost lived on and on
Never did get any Golden Globe award, never made it to Synanon
He was an outlaw, that's for sure
More of an outlaw than you ever were
Lenny Bruce is gone but his spirit's living on and on.

Maybe he had some problems, maybe some things that he couldn't work out
But he sure was funny and he sure told the truth and he knew what he was talking about
Never robbed any churches, nor cut of any babies heads
He just took the folks in high places and he shined a light in their beds
He's on some other shore, he didn't want to live anymore.

Lenny Bruce is dead but he didn't commit any crime
He just had the insight to rip off the lid before its time
I rode with him in a taxi once, only for a mile and a half
Seemed like it took a couple of months
Lenny Bruce moved on and like the ones that killed him, gone.

They say he was sick 'cause he didn't play by the rules
He just showed the wise men of his day to be nothing more than fools
They stamped him and they labeled him like they do with pants and shirts
He fought a war on a battlefield where every victory hurts
Lenny Bruce was bad, he was the brother that you never had.

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"Lenny Bruce" as written by Bob Dylan


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    General CommentAbout contraversal comdian Lenny Bruce, who was bannd from Britian
    Alex_kx3on February 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love that line "nor cut off any babys' heads". It speaks volumes about how ridiculously bad the self-righteous human ego can make other peoples' "sins" out to be. Like a comedian could be so hated for no other reason than that he was taboo or swore. it throws in the listener's face the fact that most people (unless you murder children or something awful like that) are basically just trying to survive their own way in the world, you know?
    TheThornBirdson February 04, 2009   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionI think the third line is "Never made it to cinema".

    Truly a brilliant song.
    MDC1975on May 20, 2012   Link
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    General CommentApologies - the lyric was indeed correct - something new I've learned about the song.
    MDC1975on May 20, 2012   Link
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    General Commentone more class piece of song by bob. He takes the facts as they are, and without articulating them much puts them straight ahead. The facts walk by themselves and make a great protest song sort of a thing. Straight out of newspaper you might say. In general Bob appears to be secluded and unaware of current things in society because of bunch of ignorant reporters that portray him that way but this song is straight proof to it that he is not only actively involved in the current streams but also is highly sensible about it all. Lenny was a good guy and bob knew it right on.
    sujiton June 05, 2012   Link
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    General Commentthis song is about john lennon's death
    skipowon August 09, 2012   Link

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