Desolation Row (outtake 1965)

Across the street they’ve closed the curtains
They’re getting ready for the feast
The Phantom of the Opera
A perfect image of a priest
Now he’s spoonfeeding Casanova
The boiled guts of birds
Then he’ll torture him with self-confidence
And poison him with words

Across the street they’ve nailed the curtains
They’re getting ready for the feast
The Phantom of the Opera
A perfect image of a priest
They’re spoonfeeding Casanova
To get him to feel more assured
Then they’ll kill him with self-confidence
After poisoning him with words

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Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right (Bailey Apartment, Autumn 1962)

An’ it ain’t no use to sit and wonder why, babe
It don’t make no difference now
An’ it ain’t no use to sit and wonder why, babe
If and you don’t know by now

It ain’t no use to sit and wonder why, babe
It don’t matter, anyhow
An’ it ain’t no use to sit and wonder why, babe
If you don’t know by now

Background from Bob Dylan Center news release, May 2021:

“One sterling example of the treasures to be found in The Bob Dylan Archive is a recording of Dylan performing “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” in the autumn of 1962. This heretofore-unknown recording was made by Milton (Mell) and Lillian Bailey, friends and early champions of the young Bob Dylan when he was a fixture in New York’s Greenwich Village folk scene. This version of the song, recorded in the Baileys’ apartment at 185 East 3rd St., features alternate lyrics and is the earliest known recording of the song that was eventually released in 1963 on The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan. The song can be downloaded at https://bit.ly/3ycz9X1 courtesy of The Bob Dylan Center.”

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