Bob Dylan - Mississippi Lyrics



Every step of the way, we walk the line
Your days are numbered, so are mine
Time is piling up, we struggle and we stray
We're all boxed in, nowhere to escape

City's just a jungle, more games to play
Trapped in the heart of it, tryin' to get away
I was raised in the country, I been working in the town
I been in trouble ever since I set my suitcase down

Got nothing for you, I had nothing before
Don't even have anything for myself anymore
Sky full of fire, came pouring down
Nothing you can sell me, I'll see you around

All my powers of expression and thoughts so sublime
Could never do you justice in reason or rhyme
Only one thing I did wrong
Stayed in Mississippi a day too long

Well, the devil's in the alley, mule's in the stall
Say anything you wanna, I have heard it all
I was thinking about the things that Rosie said
I was dreaming I was sleeping in Rosie's bed

Walking through the leaves, falling from the trees
Feeling like a stranger nobody sees
So many things that we never will undo
I know you're sorry, I'm sorry too

Some people will offer you their hand and some won't
Last night I knew you, tonight I don't
I need something strong to distract my mind
I'm gonna look at you 'til my eyes go blind

Well I got here following the southern star
I crossed that river just to be where you are
Only one thing I did wrong
Stayed in Mississippi a day too long

Well my ship's been split to splinters and it's sinking fast
I'm drowning in the poison, got no future, got no past
But my heart is not weary, it's light and it's free
I've got nothing but affection for all those who sailed with me

Everybody's moving, if they ain't already there
Everybody's got to move somewhere
Stick with me baby, stick with me anyhow
Things should start to get interesting right about now

My clothes are wet, tight on my skin
Not as tight as the corner that I painted myself in
I know that fortune is waiting to be kind
So give me your hand and say you'll be mine

Well, the emptiness is endless, cold as the clay
You can always come back, but you can't come back all the way
Only one thing I did wrong
Stayed in Mississippi a day too long.




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Bob Dylan Mississippi Comments
  1. Sean Miskovsky

    too fast

  2. Francisco Flores

    Hey sengfia

  3. Robert Grateful

    one of my favorites........but........i do have alot of favs

  4. Dom Brunelli

    Pick out any two lines and I'm there.  No one else is capable of what this genius does, and has been doing for almost 60 years.  Thankfully, I've been on board all along.

    Rob DePolo

    Exactly

  5. Tony Off

    All my powers of expression and thoughts so sublime could never do you justice in reason or rhyme... Well, what a sentence!

  6. Frederic Combes

    superb version! clear voice and inspired, good musicians, and good sound! thank you!

  7. marco zovi

    Every masterpiece is a miracle. Untouchable. Unbearably touching.

  8. Phil Newton

    I was there.

  9. Nicholas Fadely

    This is on my most played play list and I hear it at least every other day. Thanks for posting and thanks to the taper.

  10. Jose Assunção

    MAGNIFICOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    Iracema Paz

    então curto muito as músicas do Bob Dylan mas essa é o máximo.nao canso de ouvi.

  11. Callan

    The introduction with bob on guitar is such a special inclusion to the song.

  12. Plookify

    Bob, the legend

  13. Quint Hooper

    Wow! Very cool song. Thank you!

  14. TheSamoht67

    Bob, Always has referenced at least 1 thing I did wrong in every one of his songs, the story book of my life, Thanks Bob

  15. Christine H.

    i love bob

  16. jdgnevada

    I've been in trouble ever since I set my suitcase down

  17. SNORT2000

    Fabulous lyrics, great tune, perfectly sung with that genuine emotion that only Bob can ever conjure up - absolute magic!!!

  18. David Olson

    I've decided to listen to Bob at work today. Thank you for posting and 6m38s of joy.

  19. Simon Robeyns

    wow this is one of the few songs post 80's i can think of that could've been written for Blood On The Tracks.. what a song

  20. David Olson

    Holy crap, love this live version.

  21. Jonathan Zasloff

    Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again. But this is a better song.

  22. FortWarren

    I like the guy in the crowd, at the end..."you kick fuckin ASS!"

  23. Dale Swistun

    How to improve on perfection?

    Josh R.

    Let someone else sing? Sheryl Crow maybe?

  24. Sparta Hristova

    " Sky full of fire, pain pourin´ down..." allways make me cry
    ´

    Joseph

    A day before 911 as well lol

    wildmercuryfilms

    Joseph That was October 9th 2001, not September 10th
    http://www.bjorner.com/DSN23210%20-%202001%20US%20Fall%20Tour.htm

  25. Sparta Hristova

    i love this version, I love all versions of Dylan.

    Josh R.

    @David Olson Hey man, I waited 3 years, that's long enough. Like I said, he can write lyrics and music and I really appreciate that.

    Josh R.

    Honestly, I had no idea he wrote the song. I loved Sheryl Crow's version and just found out today who wrote it. I came to see if I liked it or not.

    Josh R.

    @David Olson hey you did find 2 things we agree on. He writes good music and lyrics and watching Fox News can harm you. I was trying to say that I didn't like his voice in a nice way. I think I posted somewhere else on this maybe not in direct response to you about writing the songs.

    David Olson

    @Josh R. seriously I overreacted and I'm sorry. I really was just reading comments from a FOX News Post . I"m embarrassed and will be deleting my replies to you.

    Josh R.

    @David Olson No offense taken, do what you will. You enjoy this and I'll enjoy that.

  26. Javier Bermudez

    Every step of the way we walk the line
    Your days are numbered, so are mine
    Time is pilin' up, we struggle and we scrape
    We're all boxed in, nowhere to escape

    City's just a jungle, more games to play
    Trapped in the heart of it, trying to get away
    I was raised in the country, I been workin' in the town
    I been in trouble ever since I set my suitcase down

    Got nothing for you, I had nothing before
    Don't even have anything for myself anymore
    Sky full of fire, pain pourin' down
    Nothing you can sell me, I'll see you around

    All my powers of expression and thoughts so sublime
    Could never do you justice in reason or rhyme
    Only one thing I did wrong
    Stayed in Mississippi a day too long

    Well, the devil's in the alley, mule's in the stall
    Say anything you want to, I have heard it all
    I was thinkin' about the things that Rosie said
    I was dreaming I was sleeping in Rosie's bed

    Walking through the leaves, falling from the trees
    Feeling like a stranger nobody sees
    So many things that we never will undo
    I know you're sorry, I'm sorry too

    Some people will offer you their hand and some won't
    Last night I knew you, tonight I don't
    I need somethin' strong to distract my mind
    I'm gonna look at you 'til my eyes go blind

    Well, I got here following the southern star
    I crossed that river just to be where you are
    Only one thing I did wrong
    Stayed in Mississippi a day too long

    Well my ship's been split to splinters and it's sinking fast
    I'm drownin' in the poison, got no future, got no past
    But my heart is not weary, it's light and it's free
    I've got nothin' but affection for all those who've sailed with me

    Everybody movin' if they ain't already there
    Everybody got to move somewhere
    Stick with me baby, stick with me anyhow
    Things should start to get interesting right about now

    My clothes are wet, tight on my skin
    Not as tight as the corner that I painted myself in
    I know that fortune is waitin' to be kind
    So give me your hand and say you'll be mine

    Well, the emptiness is endless, cold as the clay
    You can always come back, but you can't come back all the way
    Only one thing I did wrong
    Stayed in Mississippi a day too long

  27. valentina lodoli

    Every step of the way we walk the line
    Your days are numbered, so are mine
    Time is pilin' up, we struggle and we scrape
    We're all boxed in, nowhere to escape
    City's just a jungle, more games to play
    Trapped in the heart of it, trying to get away
    I was raised in the country, I been workin' in the town
    I been in trouble ever since I set my suitcase down
    Got nothing for you, I had nothing before
    Don't even have anything for myself anymore
    Sky full of fire, pain pourin' down
    Nothing you can sell me, I'll see you around
    All my powers of expression and thoughts so sublime
    Could never do you justice in reason or rhyme
    Only one thing I did wrong
    Stayed in Mississippi a day too long
    Well, the devil's in the alley, mule's in the stall
    Say anything you want to, I have heard it all
    I was thinkin' about the things that Rosie said
    I was dreaming I was sleeping in Rosie's bed
    Walking through the leaves, falling from the trees
    Feeling like a stranger nobody sees
    So many things that we never will undo
    I know you're sorry, I'm sorry too
    Some people will offer you their hand and some won't
    Last night I knew you, tonight I don't
    I need somethin' strong to distract my mind
    I'm gonna look at you 'til my eyes go blind
    Well, I got here following the southern star
    I crossed that river just to be where you are
    Only one thing I did wrong
    Stayed in Mississippi a day too long
    Well my ship's been split to splinters and it's sinking fast
    I'm drownin' in the poison, got no future, got no past
    But my heart is not weary, it's light and it's free
    I've got nothin' but affection for all those who've sailed with me
    Everybody movin' if they ain't already there
    Everybody got to move somewhere
    Stick with me baby, stick with me anyhow
    Things should start to get interesting right about now
    My clothes are wet, tight on my skin
    Not as tight as the corner that I painted myself in
    I know that fortune is waitin' to be kind
    So give me your hand and say you'll be mine
    Well, the emptiness is endless, cold as the clay
    You can always come back, but you can't come back all the way
    Only one thing I did wrong
    Stayed in Mississippi a day too long

  28. wildcatter63

    I'm kinda surprised he didn't toss this one into the Traveling Wilbury's hat. TP would have knocked this way out of the park.

    Simon Robeyns

    This wouldn't really fit on a TW album, it should've been on time out of mind where it belonged!

    Michael Clark

    Sheryl Crow did alright with it. It works better at the faster tempo.

    Michele NoDespair Bear

    @Michael Clark imo, I think Cheryl Crow rushed thru it ..her version doesn't give the listener time to enjoy the lyrics.
    She didn't put any emotion into the song like our Bobby does.

    I do like Cheryl Crow, but not with this song, unfortunately.

    Michael Clark

    @Michele NoDespair Bear I have an easier time understanding and enjoying the lyrics when Sheryl sings them faster than when Bob sings them slower. I also hear plenty of emotion in her version from The Globe Sessions. https://youtu.be/-0wwSWnbteE

    Michele NoDespair Bear

    @Michael Clark I understand, music is subjective, just like art. It would be a boring world if we all agreed on the same things.
    I love Cheryl, but not on this particular version. Glad you & others like it though, she's had many difficulties in her life, health issues included.
    I'm not a fan to say 'Bob does everything better, theirs many covers of Bob I absolutely love.
    It's been a pleasure chatting with you 🌻

  29. Oded Avraham

    5:38 best drummer ever.

    james carnley

    who is drumming?Kenny Aronoff is the best that's ever been .

    dmcfe

    But, could he be playing like Sly on this one? ...?

  30. Callum Costello

    Bob is on top form here

    dmcfe

    Yes Sir, All systems on..