Bob Dylan - Highlands Lyrics



Well, my heart's in the highlands, gentle and fair
Honey suckle bloomin' in the wildwood air
Bluebells blazin' where the Aberdeen waters flow
Well, my heart's in the highlands, I'm gonna go there when
I feel good enough to go.

Windows were shakin' all night in my dreams
Everything was exactly the way that it seems
Woke up this mornin' and I looked at the same old page
Same old rat race, life in the same old cage.

I don't want nothin' from anyone, ain't that much to take
Wouldn't know the difference between a real blonde and a fake
Feel like a prisoner in a world of mystery
I wish someone would come and push back the clock for me.

Well, my heart's in the highlands, wherever I roam
That's where I'll be when I get called home
The wind it whispers to the buck-eyed trees of rhyme
Well, my heart's in the highlands, I can only get there one step at a time.

I'm listening to Neil Young, I gotta turn up the sound
Someone's always yellin', "Turn him down"
Feel like I'm driftin', driftin' from scene to scene
I'm wondering what in the devil could it all possibly mean.

Insanity is smashin' up against my soul
You could say I was on anything but a roll
If I had a conscience, well I just might blow my top
What would I do with it anyway, maybe take it to the pawn shop.

My heart's in the highlands at the break of dawn
By the beautiful lake of the black swan
Big white clouds like chariots that swing down low
Well, my heart's in the highlands, only place left to go.

I'm in Boston town, in some restaurant
I got no idea what I want
Or maybe I do but, I'm just really not sure
Waitress comes over, nobody in the place but me and her.

Well, it must be a holiday, there's nobody around
She studies me closely as I sit down
She got a pretty face, with long white shiny legs
I said, "Tell me what I want," she say, "You probably want hard boiled eggs."

I say, "That's right, bring me some."
She says, "We ain't got any, you picked the wrong time to come."
Then she says, "I know you're an artist, draw a picture of me."
I said, "I would if I could but I don't do sketches from memory."

Well, she then, she says, "I'm right here in front of you, or
haven't you looked?"
I say, "All right, I know but I don't have my drawing book."
She gives me a napkin, she say, "You can do it on that."
I say, "Yes I could but I don't know where my pencil is at."

She pulls one out from behind her ear
She says, "All right now go ahead, draw me, I'm stayin' right here."
I make a few lines and I show it for her to see
Well, she takes her napkin and throws it back and says, "That
don't look a thing like me."

I said, "Oh, kind Miss, it most certainly does."
She say, "You must be jokin'," I say, "I wish I was."
Then she says, "You don't read women authors do ya?" at least
that's what I think I hear her say
Well, I said, "How would you know and what would it matter anyway?"

Well she says, "You just don't seem like you do." I said,
"You're way wrong."
She says "Which ones have you read then?" I say, "I've read
Erica Jong."
She goes away for a minute and I slide out, out of my chair
I step outside back to the busy street but nobody is goin' anywhere.

Well, my heart's in the highlands with the horses and hounds
Way up in the border country far from the towns
With the twang of the arrow and the snap of the bow
My heart's in the highlands, I can't see any other way to go.

Every day is the same thing, out the door
Feel further away than ever before
Some things in life it just gets too late to learn
Well, I'm lost somewhere, I must have made a few bad turns.

I see people in the park forgettin' their troubles and woes
They're drinkin' and dancin', wearin' bright colored clothes
All the young men, with the young women lookin' so good
Well, I'd trade places with any of 'em in a minute, if I could.

I'm crossing the street to get away from a mangy dog
Talkin' to myself in a monologue
I think what I need might be a full length leather coat
Somebody just asked me if I've registered to vote.

The sun is beginnin' to shine on me
But it's not like the sun that used to be
The party's over and there's less and less to say
I got new eyes, everything looks far away.

Well, my heart's in the highlands at the break of day
Over the hills and far away
There's a way to get there and I'll figure it out somehow
Well, I'm already there in my mind, and that's good enough for now.




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Bob Dylan Highlands Comments
  1. Nicolas Garcia Gonzalez

    In despite that he is the songwriter , how can he remember all those lyrics ... and we must not to forget that in those years Dylan change at least 40 % (sometimes 60 ,70%) of his set list every concert . I'm very impressed of this fact .

  2. Olga Tee

    It was a mess with that pushin’ waitress... a story of a narrow mindedness situation.. of not knowing where to go what to do.. everything the same every day.. but still..in the end knew a way to get away.. roaming searching.. great song.. like a told story the public and me listened .. as to how will this story go further.. whats the clue❤️👏👏🌹

  3. stefan conway

    I love the beginning middle and end the best ha ha incredible man is bob

  4. Don Makowichuk

    Amazing version. Loved this story-song before and now it's just that much more fantastic.

  5. Anthony

    Can anyone please tell me where and when this concert was?

  6. Wanda Schmitz

    amazing ..awesome...sing it Mr Dylan!!!

  7. MrThermostatic

    "Everydays the same thing, out the door, trying to repair what I did the day before". Hearing this one new line would have been worth the admission to the concert.

  8. Valerie Purves

    Pure magic

  9. Stuart Mcculloch

    Phraseology at its finest.

  10. Christine Kaye

    Highlands
    Bob Dylan
    Well my heart's in The Highlands, gentle and fair
    Honeysuckle blooming in the wildwood air
    Bluebells blazing where the Aberdeen waters flow
    Well my heart's in The Highlands
    I'm gonna go there when I feel good enough to go

    Windows were shaking all night in my dreams
    Everything was exactly the way that it seems
    Woke up this mornin' and I looked at the same old page
    Same old rat race, life in the same old cage
    I don't want nothin' from anyone, ain't that much to take
    Wouldn't know the difference between a real blonde and a fake
    Feel like a prisoner in a world of mystery
    I wish someone'd come and push back the clock for me

    Well my heart's in The Highlands wherever I roam
    That's where I'll be when I get called home
    The wind it whispers to the buckeye trees of rhyme
    Well, my heart's in The Highlands
    I can only get there one step at a time
    I'm listening to Neil Young, I gotta turn up the sound
    Someone's always yellin' "Turn it down"
    Feel like I'm driftin', driftin' from scene to scene
    I'm wonderin' what in the devil could it all possibly mean

    Insanity is smashin' up against my soul
    You could say I was on anything but a roll
    If I had a conscience, well I just might blow my top
    What would I do with it anyway, maybe take it to the pawn shop?
    My heart's in The Highlands at the break of dawn
    By the beautiful lake of the Black Swan
    Big white clouds like chariots that swing down low
    Well my heart's in The Highlands, only place left to go

    I'm in Boston town in some restaurant
    I got no idea what I want
    Or maybe I do but I'm just really not sure
    Waitress comes over, nobody in the place but me and her
    Well it must be a holiday, there's nobody around
    She studies me closely as I sit down
    She got a pretty face and long white shiny legs

    I said "Tell me what I want"
    She say "You probably want hard boiled eggs"
    I said "That's right, bring me some"
    She says "We ain't got any, you picked the wrong time to come"
    Then she says "I know you're an artist, draw a picture of me"
    I said "I would if I could but
    I don't do sketches from memory"
    Well she's there, she says "I'm right here in front of you
    Or haven't you looked?"

    I say "All right, I know but I don't have my drawin' book"
    She gives me a napkin, she say "You can do it on that"
    I say "Yes I could but I don't know where my pencil is at"
    She pulls one out from behind her ear
    She says "Alright now go ahead draw me I'm stayin' right here"
    I make a few lines and I show it for her to see
    Well she takes the napkin and throws it back and says
    "That don't look a thing like me"

    I said "Oh kind miss, it most certainly does"
    She say "You must be joking", I said "I wish I was"
    She says "You don't read women authors do ya?"
    At least that's what I think I hear her say
    Well I say "How would you know, and what would it matter anyway?"
    Well she says "Ya just don't seem like ya do"
    I said "You're way wrong"
    She says "Which ones have you read then?", I say "Read Erica Jong"
    She goes away for a minute, and I slide out, out of my chair
    I step outside back to the busy street, but nobody's goin' anywhere

    Well my heart's in The Highlands with the horses and hounds
    Way up in the border country far from the towns
    With the twang of the arrow and the snap of the bow
    My heart's in The Highlands, can't see any other way to go
    Every day is the same thing, out the door
    Feel further away than ever before
    Some things in life it just gets too late to learn
    Well I'm lost somewhere, I must have made a few bad turns

    I see people in the park, forgettin' their troubles and woes
    They're drinkin' and dancin', wearin' bright colored clothes
    All the young men with the young women lookin' so good
    Well, I'd trade places with any of 'em, in a minute if I could
    I'm crossin' the street to get away from a mangy dog
    Talkin' to myself in a monologue
    I think what I need might be a full-length leather coat
    Somebody just asked me if I'm registered to vote

    The sun is beginnin' to shine on me
    But it's not like the sun that used to be
    The party's over and there's less and less to say
    I got new eyes, everything looks far away
    Well my heart's in The Highlands at the break of day
    Over the hills and far away
    There's a way to get there, and I'll figure it out somehow
    Well I'm already there in my mind and that's good enough for now

    Songwriters: BOB DYLAN
    © BOB DYLAN MUSIC CO
    For non-commercial use only.
    Data from: LyricFind

  11. Troy Cleghorn

    Awesome version, I like it better than the studio version which I absolutely love too. How does he do it!?

  12. Thomas Muscheck

    TIME TO REPAIR WHAT WENT WRONG THE DAY BEFORE. Never don't change the lyrics, Bob. He says okay.

  13. Karin Melis

    Love this mystical song........

  14. Marmar

    I'm havin a hard time listening to this - I just cannot come to terms with the brilliance of it.....!?!?!?

  15. Wanda Schmitz

    I love this song, he has a wicked sense of humor as well as being genius!!

  16. Wanda Schmitz

    lol this is amazing

  17. wickedmessenger1

    This is definitely better than the version on the album.

  18. Fresh Air

    Watching this was like dropping acid while being transported back in time. Amazing...

  19. Gina Mori

    He doesn't play any games it's here it's motherfuckers

  20. Brian Blommer

    Priceless. Untouchable. From the mountain top.

  21. Karin Melis

    I long for the Highlands!

  22. Сергей Косарев

    Классно сбацал соло с 7:45!

  23. Joy

    Pure Genius!

  24. Martin Bueno

    "I'm gonna walk out"

  25. Drew Rogers

    no props or glitter, no dancers in outfits gettin gyrotechnic or posing in fetishized 'outfit": straight from the inspired muse; you're the conduit of the deeper gods, thanks Bob.

  26. David Pearn

    Nobody on God's earth can write like this man, jeez is Bob a genius or what.

  27. David Pearn

    The recorded version isn't long enough 😉

  28. Steve & Paula Francis

    This song always brings a smile.. and the waitress section is hysterical.

  29. filthyphillyboy

    5:17: "I don't know where my pencil is at.” But Mr. Jones can help him with that! (Or take a time trip back to the Village and fetch his pencil and notebook again.)

    Bob to us your musical world is like a carnival’s house of mirrors. Please don’t ever change.

  30. Danielle Frack

    Super beau , mystérieux ,j'aime beaucoup ❤❤

  31. Patrick Guitar

    Nice going

  32. Fred Gardiner

    Oh kind miss. It most certainly does.

  33. FlaschDJ

    Where exactly did this performance occur? Is it possible to see the rest of this concert. Thanks

  34. FlaschDJ

    Now THIS performance is extraordinary. Perhaps my favorite of all I’ve seen (as if anybody cared). Just great song. Great performance. Wow!

  35. kathleenb1947

    Not underestimation really (speaking strictly for me), rather, being thoroughly thrilled, filled, impressed, satisfied, gratified and to capacity; well past possibility, when, astonishingly, he gifts us with further bounty; more fruits of his creativity. And this from word to word, line to line, song to song, year to year since, for me, almost always, Hwy 61. Maybe I'm amazed except there's no 'maybe" involved. At all. Someone said, "pure genius" except that it isn't pure it contains everything; all the parts; the bits. It's total; complete; wholistic; "broad, roomy and all inclusive"; a total ecosystem; self contained.

  36. ae stewart

    You killin' me jack! No prob...

  37. monic rogberg

    Born in time, my friend in the night, my heart wants again to live, I smile I love you ❣️

  38. Nelson Mandela

    this is too short for a song this good. Should be at least 16 minutes

  39. gerard haubert

    Bob owns a magnificent home in Scotland, the Highlands. Use to think it was Minn, but the Aberdeen River is in Scotland

  40. Sneaker's Corner

    Try it on 1.75 speed, very groovy.

  41. Fred Gardiner

    oh kind miss, it most certainly does. lol. brilliant.

  42. Gabriela Amuchastegui

    A Master

  43. James Thompson

    Awesome!

  44. Stefan 929

    This is typical incredible and amazing Bob Dylan. How can he remember all the words?

  45. Arthur Bell

    Why have I never heard this before? Outstanding!

  46. Nicholas Rella

    Probably the best video I’ve ever seen in my life. Thank you much

  47. Felichia Ritter

    Aloha Elston! This is a really great performance & I love it! What album is this song from? Thank you for this upload 💖

    Elston Gunn

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMTKhKLYanc&t=1826s

    Felichia Ritter

    @Elston Gunn Thank you for your reply. Love the album. Dylan continues to amaze! 💖

  48. Terry Quesenberry

    Talking to myself with A Monologue

  49. Terry Quesenberry

    Erica Jong

  50. Sean Holland

    For the life of me I can't figure out why this song works so well. One of the best live performances I've heard by Dylan.

  51. roland brejon

    How can he remember all those words ? !!!!

  52. Captain Gort

    I love the album version of this

  53. Nat

    ok, what in the devil. Don't it all mean.

  54. Dyl-Ann fan

    He is just top dog, the way he weaves his magic through the story line and dialogue, delivering exquisite vocals and phrasing with humour and conviction … Mr Dylan is unique, a one off, irreplaceable the likes of whom we will never see again …..

    mortimer zilch

    never ever. It's Shakespeare and Bob.

  55. phil Zimmerman

    magical

  56. Fadidi

    UN ETRANGE MORCEAU DE DYLAN MERCI MON AMI  ELSTON

  57. Sonic been rocking Sda

    I think we all go to the Highlands every now n then but Bob being Bob goes there and knows how to godly n vernacillly put it all together into a way we can all relate. A prophet n a poet.

  58. Cathy Zollo

    This tune is a trip without the need for drugs. The whole album is, actually. <3 <3 <3

  59. pelotasdad

    the king of cool.... thanks for posting this.... what a great version. i love how he keeps changing his songs and somehow makes them better.

  60. monic rogberg

    This is just wunderful Bob and I know that you got your long-lengh black coat. Thanks for the foto of that. 😄 so did the letter reach you I gave to Joan B last year when she sang in Stockholm ? Thanks for everything. 💃🎼

  61. Elizabeth Grossman

    Frank Ruotolo, RIP.

  62. christina vanderhaeghe

    A never ending loving walk trough Dylan's song. Thanks for sharing.

  63. Bob Klass

    Happy Birthday Bob.

  64. carol vota

    Bravo! Bob Dylan you are Awesome!

  65. Hypnotist Collector

    Much prefer this to the album version. Witty.

  66. Final Fencing Ltd

    Visited Scotland last year wicked place. Those mountains.... Who's the Guvnor?

  67. David Olson

    If you play this song twice it's 19m 44s long and still not long enough. If you eliminate the chorus it will still have the same amount of words and still have the same effect.

    Elston Gunn

    absolutely spot on.

  68. Lucy Infante

    So this is one of my many favorites. Bob sings this one with such sexyness, so hot and I love the words and dancing to it!! Love You Bob, forever Young!! You should see how I dance to this song honey!! Love And Kisses to you Bob been following you for a long time. Love your work of words and stories. Never Stop! Lucy

  69. Igor Bipolar

    Genius.

  70. mary ellen davis

    BLESSED

  71. J I

    Wave on

  72. Jimmy Newark

    Ace song .Has Dylan named checked any other contemporary artiste in his amazing arsenal of tunes .Neil Young on this one .Young name checked Dylan on his amazing song Bandit from his 2001 Greendale album

    Geoff Badenoch

    Alecia Keyes

  73. LMB

    Este hombre tiene magia, es único.

  74. Dave Berswick

    l got it your in bobspocket

    Elston Gunn

    not enough room for me and a harp...

  75. Hypnotist Collector

    Never worked for me - tedious studio version. But live, it’s transformed. Witty.

  76. David Stanley

    creamy vocals

  77. Tyrone Bunne

    Thanks for the binaural. :)

  78. boho chic

    Beautiful! Amazes me too how he remembers all the words.. I love watching those legs wiggle. Love this guy...can't get enough

  79. mary ellen davis

    AND THAT IS MY HOME AS WELL I LIKE THE SKIPPING IN THE VOICE WHAT A MASTERTHE MASTER LOVE HIM HE ROCKS IT SO SLOW SO SWEET SLIDE ALONG

  80. Hernán Rubin De Armas

    He´s a Nobel laureate too. Too much for a poet like him. I love Bob Dylan. May God Almighty bless him always on behalf of humanity. Thanks, Elston Gunn.

  81. Dennis Spinks

    Brilliant x10

  82. Jared M. Feldschreiber

    Better than the album take, definitely.

  83. Robert Bloom

    erika jong lol this is sooooooooooooo killin !!! damn !!!

  84. Ffej Uadlos

    Awesome.

    I was lucky to witness the live two renditions of this in the year 2000 - Santa Cruz and Glasgow.

  85. Joe Borovina

    OH GOD I FOUND MORE HELP ME THANK YOU MAESTRO

  86. Joe Borovina

    Mr Elston Gunn you are responsible , after finding you last night to make me go to bed at 4 am. Great choices ,pretty good acoustics , great remakes and visually superb . You showed me gold and i knew its worth immediately thank you

  87. David Carlson

    Lovely!

  88. Rachel Summers

    Elston how many of these concerts have you been too?? This is just wonderful Thankyou!! How cool would it be to tell Mr Dylan you hadn't got any eggs. Anyway Bob I've got hens so I always got eggs for you!!🙄

  89. bullhorn3tails

    Stunning.

  90. Alison Wild

    His usual genius, thief/joker tricks. And I always fall for it like a child. He's just the best.

    boho chic

    I love your comment about falling for it like a child. Cool

  91. marco zovi

    MONUMENTALE, grazie per questo, once again where and when?

  92. Sweetmelinda Cor

    Holy!!! Would have loved to seen this. Omg Bob has to be the coolest person on this planet earth. I think I might need a full length leather coat too. His voice is so seductive.. I must have made more than a few bad turns.

  93. Shyra M

    been stuck on this for a bit, so perfect

  94. Lou Dog

    Why can't I stop with this?

  95. Sylvandro Jameson

    dig larry's mando

  96. Richard Brunningg

    It is a long song but when it has ended you wish it had been longer. Truly splendid! Thanks Elston!

  97. Dost Khan

    His mind is like a steel trap. Improvising the lyrics in such a complex song.

  98. Martin Zitter

    Stupendously astounding.

    Alison Wild

    You are so right!

    naturestan

    I concur

    Terry Quesenberry

    Been with Bob for 20 years