Murder Most Foul - New Bob Dylan Song- #1 hit!*

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  1. Jerryb

    Jerryb Forum Resident Thread Starter

    New Jersey
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  3. I333I

    I333I Forum Resident

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  4. Was listening to this earlier.
    Not sure of its vintage but I quite like it. A long , slow one with Dylan talking/singing about the death of John Kennedy , the end of Camelot and the demise of the sixties.
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  5. I333I

    I333I Forum Resident

    Looks like an unreleased song. Not the announcement of a new album...
  6. extravaganza

    extravaganza Forum Resident

    San Diego, CA USA
  7. FritzL

    FritzL Adrift & Dumbfounded

    Costa Mesa, CA
  8. extravaganza

    extravaganza Forum Resident

    San Diego, CA USA
    About a minute ago what I think was actually Bob Dylan’s account just posted a comment, basically saying that this was recorded a little while back and thanks everybody for listening for all these years and stay safe. I can’t cut and paste the actual words.

    This is a really great surprise… Up there in the top 10 for strange Bob Dylan songs. Very much in the spirit of the last two from Tempest. It’s like “American Pie” on barbiturates ... most references are pretty straightforward but some are more mysterious. It’s also obvious that he has a more than cursory knowledge of the JFK assassination. Gory and profane to almost the point of ridiculousness. And yet ...

  9. DeeThomaz

    DeeThomaz Senior Member

    In The Felony Room
    Over on the Expecting Rain board, HatFullOfGasoline has already made an impressive initial attempt at transcribing the lyrics:

    Murder Most Foul - Expecting Rain

    twas a dark day in dallas, november '63
    the day that would live on in infamy
    president kennedy was a-ridin' high
    good day to be livin and a good day to die
    being led to the slaughter like a sacrificial lamb
    he say wait a minute boys you know who i am
    of course we do, we know who you are
    then they blew off his head while he was still in the car
    shot down like a dog in broad daylight
    was a matter of timing and the timing was right
    you got unpaid debts we've come to collect
    we gonna kill you with hatred, without any respect
    we'll mock you and shock you and we'll put it in your face
    we've already got someone here to take your place

    the day they blew out the brains of the king
    thousands were watching at home and saw the whole thing
    it happened so quick and so quick by surprise
    right there in front of everyone's eyes
    greatest magic trick ever under the sun
    perfectly executed, skillfully done
    wolf man oh wolf man oh wolf man howl
    rub-a-dub-dub it's a murder most fowl

    hush little children you'll understand
    the beatles are comin they're gonna hold your hand
    slide down the banister, go get your coat
    ferry across the mercy and go for the throat
    there's three bums comin all dressed in rags
    pick pu the pieces and lower the flags
    i'm goin to woodstock, it's the aquarian age
    then i'll go to altamonte and sit near the stage
    put your head out the window, let the good times roll
    there's a party goin on behind the blessing door

    stack up the bricks, pour the cement
    don't say dallas don't love you, mr president
    put your foot in the tank and step on the gas
    try to make it to the tribon (?) underpass
    blackface singer white face clown
    better not show your faces after the sun goes down
    up in the red light district like a cop on the beat
    livin in a nightmare on elm street

    when you're down in deep ellum put your money in your shoe
    don't ask what your country can do for you
    cash on the barrelhead, money to burn
    at daly plaza, make a lefthand turn
    i'm goin down the crossroads gonna flag a ride
    the place where faith, hope, and charity died
    shoot him while he runs boys, shoot him while you can
    see if you can shoot the invisible man
    goodbye charlie, goodbye uncle sam
    frankly, miss scarlett, i don't give a damn

    what is the truth? where did it go?
    ask oscar wilde (?) and bo diddly, they oughta know
    shut your mouth ______ (?)
    business is business, and it's murder most foul

    tommy can you hear me on the acid queen?
    i'm ridin limosine
    ridin in the backseat next to my wife
    headin straight on into the afterlife
    i'm leanin to the left got my head in her lap
    oh lord i've been led into some kind of a trap
    well we ask no quarter, no quarter do we give
    we're right down the street from the street where you live
    they mutilated his body and they took out his brain
    what more could they do? they piled on the pain
    but his soul was not there, where it was supposed to be at
    for the last 50 years they've been searching for that

    freedom oh freedom, freedom of ???
    i hate to tell ya mister but only dead men are free
    said mr ? tell me no lie
    throw the gun in the gutter and walk on by
    wake up little suzie let's go for a drive
    cross the trinity river let's keep open eyed
    turn the radio on, don't touch the dials
    hartland hospital only six more miles

    you got me dizzy ms lizzy you fill me with lead
    that magic bullet of yours it goin on ahead
    i'm just a patsy like patsy cline
    never shot anyone from in front or behind
    got blood in my eye, got blood in my ear
    i'm never gonna make it to the new frontier
    zepruter's film i seen the night before
    seen it 33 times, maybe more
    it's vile and deceitful, it's cruel and it's mean
    ugliest thing that you ever have seen
    they killed him once and they killed him twice
    killed him like a human sacrifice

    the day that they killed him someone said to me, son
    the age of the antichrist has just only begun
    air force one comin in through the gate
    johnson sworn in at 2:38
    lemme know when you decide to throw in the towel
    it is what it is, and it's murder most foul

    what's new pussycat, what'd i say?
    i said the soul of a nation been torn away
    and it's beginning to go into a slow decay
    and that it's 36 hours past judgement day

    wolfman jack he's speakin in tongues
    he's going on and on at the top of his lungs
    play me a song, mr wolfman jack
    play it for me in my long cadillac
    play me that only the good die young
    take me to the place tom dooley was hung
    the saint james infirmary in the court of king james
    if you want to remember you better write down the names
    play it the james too, play the prodigal line (?)
    play it for the man with a telepathic mind
    play john lee hooker, play scratch my back
    play it for that stripclub ownder named jack
    guitar slim goin down slow
    play it for me and for marilyn monroe

    play please don't let me be misunderstood
    play it for the first lady she ain't feelin too good
    play don henley, play glenn fry
    take it to the limit and lettin' it go by
    play it for carl wilson too
    lookin far far away at down gallow avenue
    play tragedy, play twilight time
    take me back to tulsa to the scene of the crime
    play another one and another one bites the dust
    play the old rugged cross and in god we trust
    ride the pink horse down that long lonesome road
    stand there and wait for his head to explode
    play mystery train for mr mystery
    the man who fell down dead like a rootless tree
    play it for the reverend, play it for the pastor
    play it for the dog that got no master
    play oscar blues, play stan getz
    play blue sky, play dicky bettes
    play art ?, thelonious monk
    charlie parker and all that junk
    all that junk and all that jazz
    play somethin for the birdman of alcatraz
    play buster keaton, play hal lloyd
    play bugsy segal, play pretty boy floyd
    play the numbers, play the odds
    play cry me a river for the lord of the gods
    play number nine play number six
    play it for nancy and stevie knicks
    play nat king cole, play nature boy
    play down in the boondocks for terry malloy
    play it happened one night and one night of sin
    there's 12 million souls that are listenin in
    play merchant of venice play merchants of death
    play stand up by starlight from lady macbeth

    don't worry mr president, hope's on the way
    your brothers are comin', there'll be hell to pay
    brothers, what brothers?
    what's this about hell?
    tell em we're waiting, keep coming, we'll get them as well

    love field is where his plane touched down
    but it never did get back up off the ground
    was a hard act to follow, second to none
    they killed him on the altar of the rising sun
    play misty for me and that old devil moon
    play anything goes and memphis in june
    play lonely at the top and lonely are the brave
    play it for houdini spinnin around in his grave
    play jelly roll morton, play lucille
    play deep in a dream and play driving wheel
    play moonlight sonata in f#
    and the key to the highway and the king of the heart
    play marching through georgia and dumbarton's (?) drums
    play darkness and death will come when it comes
    play love me or leave me by the great bud towel
    play the bloodstained banner, play murder most foul
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  10. nfmboss666

    nfmboss666 Forum Resident

    Detroit, Michigan
    I hope nothing is wrong with Bob. A statement like the one posted on his Facebook page, while out of character almost sounds like a “sign off” in some way.
  11. Jason W

    Jason W Forum Resident

    Mill Valley, CA
    This new track is mesmerizing! I love how it seems to becomes an elegy to culture.
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  12. Mbd77

    Mbd77 Florum Resdent

    Sounds like a prototype version of “Roll On John”.

    Could be a Tempest outtake?
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  13. Elliottmarx

    Elliottmarx Always in the mood for Burt Bacharach

    Los Angeles
    A very strange statement indeed...

    Greetings to my fans and followers with gratitude for all your support and loyalty across the years. This is an unreleased song we recorded a while back that you might find interesting. Stay safe, stay observant and may God be with you. - Bob Dylan
  14. Beamish13

    Beamish13 Forum Resident

    A 12 inch release would be cool.

    Hope he’s taking good care of the workers at his coffee shop in Santa Monica, but I’m sure he is. They have good wages and it’s closed once a week
  15. DeeThomaz

    DeeThomaz Senior Member

    In The Felony Room
    Also reminds me, in different ways, of “The Long & Wasted Years” and the Tempest title track. So I’m very open to the theory it’s from those sessions. After all the epic length songs on that album, it’s be hilarious to learn a 17 minute track was left behind. But my gut feeling from the vocal is that it’s more recent. Hopefully we’ll learn soon what he meant by “a while back.”
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  16. nfmboss666

    nfmboss666 Forum Resident

    Detroit, Michigan
    I hope I am overthinking it of course. It just really seems out of the ordinary for Bob. However, we are not living in ordinary times....
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  17. bRETT

    bRETT Forum Resident

    Boston MA
    Longest track in the entire Dylan canon, right? Beats "Highlands" by 20 seconds.
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  18. jamesmaya

    jamesmaya Senior Member

    Mudwest, SoCal
    Who are the “three bums comin all dressed in rags”?
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  19. Jay_Z

    Jay_Z Forum Resident

    Ken Berry, Forrest Tucker, and Larry Storch
  20. asdf35

    asdf35 Forum Resident

    Austin TX
    With everyone always wondering what he will do next, I was secretly hoping for some free verse stream-of-consciousness things. This is it.

    Also, thanks for posting the early draft of lyrics. We'll get all the Dallas references nailed by morning....It's "grassy knoll" (not blessing door) in the 3rd stanza and "Triple Underpass" - an intersection adjacent to the grassy knoll in Dallas - in the 4th stanza.

    This song really gives me the chills.
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2020
  21. Mbd77

    Mbd77 Florum Resdent


    without doubt.
  22. Old Fart At Play

    Old Fart At Play He won't eat it, he hates everything

    Los Angeles
    To me, the most interesting thing about this song is the fact that he chose to share it. Perhaps he wanted to do something for everybody who's shut in.

    This strikes me as pretty clearly being a glimpse into Dylan's creative process. It sounds like he had a general idea for a song, a few lines, and he just started riffing. I think he has such a facility for language that he's able to improvise lyrics like this. I imagine for him this is the equivalent of a guitarist like Jimmy Page improvising three solos so he could go back and pick the best parts and then combine them together into something more composed. I think this is Dylan fishing for ideas, only he decided to drop it.

    From that perspective, this reminds me a bit of "I'm Not There (1956)" and "Sign on the Cross" from the Basement Tapes, two other songs that seem to have a bit of a foundation but are clearly largely improvised.

    Interestingly, some of the lines that I'm assuming were pre-written (mostly the earlier ones) are quite cringeworthy. The track itself is beautiful (just like "I'm Not There"), but for me this will be a listen once or twice and never again novelty. Still glad he shared it.
  23. Brian Doherty

    Brian Doherty Forum Resident

    Los Angeles CA
    Posted this in another thread on this...."This is perhaps the most beautifully insane thing Bob could have done about now. It's STUNNING tho had you either PREDICTED something like this I would have thought you were insane, and the IDEA of it felt weirdly, I don't know, cowtowing to some sense of "what a sort of bad-novel version of Dylan might do" in a way the Real Bob never has, it's just....beautiful and right and makes me in a weird way more scared of the Apocalypse than anything else he's done. Just a chilling and strange gift, Perfectly Bob."
  24. robcar

    robcar Forum Resident

    Denver, CO
    Leave it to the Bobster.

    These lyrics

  25. Brian Doherty

    Brian Doherty Forum Resident

    Los Angeles CA
    Scariest thing he's ever done. I adore it yet it makes me more frightened for the Apocalypse he believes in than anything else he's ever done.

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