Bob Dylan - Dignity Lyrics




Fat man lookin’ in a blade of steel
Thin man lookin’ at his last meal
Hollow man lookin’ in a cotton field
For dignity

Wise man lookin’ in a blade of grass
Young man lookin’ in the shadows that pass
Poor man lookin’ through painted glass
For dignity

Somebody got murdered on New Year’s Eve
Somebody said dignity was the first to leave
I went into the city, went into the town
Went into the land of the midnight sun

Searchin’ high, searchin’ low
Searchin’ everywhere I know
Askin’ the cops wherever I go
Have you seen dignity?

Blind man breakin’ out of a trance
Puts both his hands in the pockets of chance
Hopin’ to find one circumstance
Of dignity

I went to the wedding of Mary Lou
She said, “I don’t want nobody see me talkin’ to you”
Said she could get killed if she told me what she knew
About dignity

I went down where the vultures feed
I would’ve gone deeper, but there wasn’t any need
Heard the tongues of angels and the tongues of men
Wasn’t any difference to me

Chilly wind sharp as a razor blade
House on fire, debts unpaid
Gonna stand at the window, gonna ask the maid
Have you seen dignity?

Drinkin’ man listens to the voice he hears
In a crowded room full of covered-up mirrors
Lookin’ into the lost forgotten years
For dignity

Met Prince Phillip at the home of the blues
Said he’d give me information if his name wasn’t used
He wanted money up front, said he was abused
By dignity

Footprints runnin’ ’cross the silver sand
Steps goin’ down into tattoo land
I met the sons of darkness and the sons of light
In the bordertowns of despair

Got no place to fade, got no coat
I’m on the rollin’ river in a jerkin’ boat
Tryin’ to read a note somebody wrote
About dignity

Sick man lookin’ for the doctor’s cure
Lookin’ at his hands for the lines that were
And into every masterpiece of literature
For dignity

Englishman stranded in the blackheart wind
Combin’ his hair back, his future looks thin
Bites the bullet and he looks within
For dignity

Someone showed me a picture and I just laughed
Dignity never been photographed
I went into the red, went into the black
Into the valley of dry bone dreams

So many roads, so much at stake
So many dead ends, I’m at the edge of the lake
Sometimes I wonder what it’s gonna take
To find dignity





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  1. Wanda Schmitz

    brilliant!!

  2. DC piano

    Beyond words. Beautiful.

  3. Yolanda García Pirsch

    Gracias Bob, Bob Dylan. Consérvate siempre Joven! Dulce Bob! Tus emociones.
    Jefferson Muchas Gracias.. !

  4. Vera Stiopul

    ♥️🌻❤️

  5. Vera Stiopul

    Perfection for perfect peoples

  6. Héctor

    "Dignity fue compuesta durante una tarde noche de 1989, según describe Bob Dylan en Crónicas Vol.1, su libro de memorias, y tuvo en la muerte de Pistol Pete Marovich (1947-1988), jugador de baloncesto de los New Orleans Jazz el motivo de su inspiración. Pero no sólo la memoria del infortunado jugador, al que el músico conocía, mereció su momento de gloria en la musicología dylaniana, otros personajes y lugares con más o menos fortuna, ya que no todos los nombres resistieron hasta el final, desfilaron por la letra, a la sazón El tipo equivocado, Blanquito, el Tullido, la Virgen María, el Big Ben, el Príncipe Felipe, Mary Lou..."
    --
    Dignity was composed during a late night of 1989, as described by Bob Dylan in Chronicles Vol. 1, his memoir, and had the death of the gun Pete Marovich (1947-1988), basketball player of the New Orleans Jazz on reason for his inspiration. But not only the memory of the unfortunate player, whom the musician knew, the justification of his moment of glory in Dylanian musicology, other characters and places with more or less fortune, since not all names resisted until the end, paraded by the letter, at the time The wrong guy, Blanquito, the Crippled, the Virgin Mary, the Big Ben, Prince Philip, Mary Lou ...

  7. Cleveland Rix III

    I found this when I needed it most . Isn't that the way it always it happens when it comes through the spirit world and you DO need it most ?

  8. ALEXANDER DAVIES

    3:08 oops even the master can forget the lyrics. Great song nevertheless!

  9. L L

    Love Bob

  10. carol vota

    Mahalo Jefferson Davis! for name of the blonde keyboard players name

    Jefferson Davis

    I don't know what happened to my previous comment. His name is Brendan O'Brien.

  11. carol vota

    anyone know the name of the keyboard player

    Silver Mine

    Fingers

  12. Hi D

    I love this!One of many Dylan songs that always speak to all of us in a brilliant showcase of this man's awesome talent .He deserved the Nobel Peace Prize.Thank you Bob for shinning a light on me!!

  13. Linda Rose Smith

    You worked so damn hard and well, just happened to be so talented, undoubtedly you found dignity even if it wasn't your purpose.

  14. Tom Dale

    the best is yet to come, who am i to judge another's...i turn around and i hear another example of his immense gift...how can you win with a losing hand

  15. Nickey Jorgensen

    Thank you

  16. Karmen Jazbec

    i SUFFER ALOT IN MY LIFE LET ME BE CALM WITH INNER PEACEAN NO SOUNDS OF UNIVERSE WICH HUNGER IS

  17. Karmen Jazbec

    respect me as I respect you and aaand everything will be ok so LET IT BE

  18. Karmen Jazbec

    Zimmermann just show dignity and marry me

  19. Joe Roth

    Such a great song. Leave it to Dylan to sum up the one thing that so many of us strive for with just one word. Dignity. And to address it as a noun...a person...a tangible thing,
    is really, such a powerful metaphor. Only Dylan. Like so many other images he's painted and the understanding he has brought, I am left saying just one thing..."Only Dylan". The best.

  20. Евгений •

    disgusting bleating jew

  21. BlueEyes BlueToo

    " he bites the bullet and looks within " ~ love it !!!

  22. Karmen Jazbec

    i have my dignity I am boxer,pilot,painter sculptor poet aconstantly pain aass so take or live it

  23. Karmen Jazbec

    yeah boys

  24. Esteban Granados

    Decir fabuloso no es suficiente!!!!!!!

  25. Jerry Stanaway

    Love this song. What is Dylan trying to tell us? I don't know.

    Esteban Granados

    The importance of dignity?

    Esteban Granados

    Lack of dignity!!!

  26. O Hann

    Just came across this . Blew me away. He is THE man, bar none.
    'Dignity never been photographed'

  27. John Yacuone

    Everywhere Dylan Goes shows he's got dignity way to go Bobby may god keep on keeping his blessings coming not to busy living is to busy dieing keep on keeping on

  28. Hey Joe

    " Got no place to fade, got no coat, I'm on a rolling river in a jerkin boat " The best poet to come out of rock and roll. You can listen to this in 50 years time and it will be even better, great art is timeless.

    redsneakers10

    Someone showed me a picture and I just laughed
    Dignity never been photographed

  29. Dixie Flatline

    This is just something I would like and my friends would just mutter and try to act distracted.

  30. Simon Robeyns

    shame he sings 20x better here than on the actual mtv recordings

  31. David Ayer

    Is this a rehearsal for his Unplugged appearance?

  32. kim wallace

    Thank you Hero

  33. Tom Dooley

    I never tire of listening . Bought my first LP way back when . Free wheelin in mono . Still got it and others tucked away . No LP player though . Memories .

  34. Igal Flint

    Un ciego e no "El ciego"

  35. Susan Predis

    Oh Bob thanks

  36. John Yacuone

    Dignity Says it all The Poet Sings It How it is That's Why Dylan is The Noble Prize

  37. ALEJANDRO IOANNOU

    Creo que se debió incluir LIKE A ROLLING STONE

  38. Theone Stanley

    He has the most beautiful soul...

  39. Peter Higginson

    interesting unofficial vibe x

    zimmy zimmerman

    it's the rehearsal for MTV Unplugged in the 90's

  40. Mondo Enterprises

    Wise man lookin at a blade of grass...Dylan nod to Walt Whitman, two soulful poets!

  41. dullarddom

    I think about this song a lot. I think I get why he didn't finish it and I guess the lyrics kind of say as much. Dignity isn't much of a reward for a hard life but it's all some of us are offered. Maybe this song is more about justice than dignity. Maybe it's about how neither of those things exist.

  42. Edi Camon

    Els policies que colpejaven l'1-O coneixien la dignitat del poble català?

    Jefferson Davis

    The police and the Civil Guard were only pawns in the game of Rajoy, Sáenz de Santamaría and the central government headed by the PP.

    Edi Camon

    Em sembla que no és gaire democràtic colpejar la gent i empresonar persones innocents i honestes només per haver posat les urnes...

  43. Roger Arndt

    This is at his Damn best, ain't a soul going to cover this, like this. Thank you.

  44. G D

    Haven't seen it lately, no.

  45. Disociativo

    Gracias por esto

  46. Michael Walker

    I put 'Dignity' among my Top 10 songs by Dylan and I believe my judgement is sound. ' Somebody got murdered on New Years Eve/ Somebody said dignity was the first to leave'.Thank you so much for putting up the lyrics in English and Spanish for a hearing-impaired man like me.

  47. Fadidi

    C INCROYABLE DE BOSSER COMME LUI ET SON BAND  LA PERFECTION EXISTE AVEC BOB DYLAN  MERCI JEFF

  48. Wayne McMillan

    Dylan is a master

    Jefferson Davis

    Yes! For me he's the best American songwriter since Stephen Foster.

  49. Gary Smith

    Fantastic song brings back memories of old times. Dignity cannot be photographed

  50. Jeremiah Alphonsus

    Rehearsal for the 1994 Unplugged concert.

    Jefferson Davis

    Yes, this was a great rehearsal session!

  51. tropicwave1

    Dignity     
    Bob Dylan

    Fat man lookin’ in a blade of steel
    Thin man lookin’ at his last meal
    Hollow man lookin’ in a cotton field
    For dignity

    Wise man lookin’ in a blade of grass
    Young man lookin’ in the shadows that pass
    Poor man lookin’ through painted glass
    For dignity

    Somebody got murdered on New Year’s Eve
    Somebody said dignity was the first to leave
    I went into the city, went into the town
    Went into the land of the midnight sun

    Searchin’ high, searchin’ low
    Searchin’ everywhere I know
    Askin’ the cops wherever I go
    Have you seen dignity?

    Blind man breakin’ out of a trance
    Puts both his hands in the pockets of chance
    Hopin’ to find one circumstance
    Of dignity

    I went to the wedding of Mary Lou
    She said, “I don’t want nobody see me talkin’ to you”
    Said she could get killed if she told me what she knew
    About dignity

    I went down where the vultures feed
    I would’ve gone deeper, but there wasn’t any need
    Heard the tongues of angels and the tongues of men
    Wasn’t any difference to me

    Chilly wind sharp as a razor blade
    House on fire, debts unpaid
    Gonna stand at the window, gonna ask the maid
    Have you seen dignity?

    Drinkin’ man listens to the voice he hears
    In a crowded room full of covered-up mirrors
    Lookin’ into the lost forgotten years
    For dignity

    Met Prince Phillip at the home of the blues
    Said he’d give me information if his name wasn’t used
    He wanted money up front, said he was abused
    By dignity

    Footprints runnin’ ’cross the silver sand
    Steps goin’ down into tattoo land
    I met the sons of darkness and the sons of light
    In the border-towns of despair

    Got no place to fade, got no coat
    I’m on the rollin’ river in a jerkin’ boat
    Tryin’ to read a note somebody wrote
    About dignity

    Sick man lookin’ for the doctor’s cure
    Lookin’ at his hands for the lines that were
    And into every masterpiece of literature
    For dignity

    Englishman stranded in the black-heart wind
    Combin’ his hair back, his future looks thin
    Bites the bullet and he looks within
    For dignity

    Someone showed me a picture and I just laughed
    Dignity never been photographed
    I went into the red, went into the black
    Into the valley of dry bone dreams

    So many roads, so much at stake
    So many dead ends, I’m at the edge of the lake
    Sometimes I wonder what it’s gonna take
    To find dignity
                                                                             
    Writer(s): Dylan Burns

  52. Conny Gustavsson

    Bob you are so good, there is anyone like you!
    Thank's Bob for all your songs through the years.

    Woods for trees

    Sugarman Rodregus......is up there too......someone said he leaves Dylan miles behind !.....its true !!! .....https://youtu.be/vKYEYNX-Eug

  53. alosadav

    Dylan la compuso tras oir la noticia de la muerte de Pistol Pete Maravich, uno de mis jugadores de baloncesto favoritos. En su autobiografía escribe al respecto.

    Dylan composed these after hearing about Pistol Pete Maravich death, one of my favourite basketball player. There's something written about this on his autobiography

    Jefferson Davis

    ¡Interesante dato! Gracias por el aporte.

  54. Dylan Suppiah

    Excellent! thanks for posting this video! One of my all time favourites!

    Jefferson Davis

    I also like this song a lot. Thank, sir!

  55. antonio mora

    No se referirá a Felipe el principe por entonces de españa no? Jajajja

    antonio mora

    Sobre esa fecha toco por españa

    Jefferson Davis

    De hecho creo que se refiere a Felipe de Edimburgo, esposo de la Reina Isabel II. En inglés se suele referir al rey Borbón por su nombre en español, en cambio "Prince Phillip" es como se llama al príncipe británico (que en nuestro idioma lo llamamos Felipe). Pero sí, al momento de traducir también pensé en el rey de España (por aquel entonces príncipe), jajaja :)

  56. mr tambourine

    Dignity is one of my favourite songs of Dylan, my favourite version is included on The Greatest Hits volume 3, I guess. The one from 1994 to be exact. That to me is the way this song should sound. There are many good versions, including the ones on Tell Tale Signs and the one from MTV Unplugged, but my favourite is the one I mentioned.

    Jefferson Davis

    I prefer the piano version found on "Tell Tale Signs", but the electric versions of this song are marvelous too!

    mr tambourine

    Jefferson Davis good taste Jeff, respect

    Scott Rowland

    Love it too, Tambi. 💜

    Roger Kedrowski

    I WENT DOWN WHERE THE VULTURES FEED. I WOULD HAVE GONE DEEPER BUT THERE WASN'T ANY NEED.
    I HEARD THE TOUNGS OF ANGELS AND THE TOUNGS OF MEN THERE WASN'T ANY DIFFERENCE TO ME.

    Cleveland Rix III

    Absolutely Right !!!