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Lay for the Day
11th April

1961: Bob Dylan makes his first billed concert appearance, at Gerde's Folk City in Greenwich Village, New York, playing support to John Lee Hooker.
A song in the key of D.


Don’t Look Back

Down in the woods there’s a world of depravity
And the dead tree’s lying in the green one’s arms,
And if a young girl goes down in naivety
She’ll be coming back out with all her charms.
Shake your head and let it go,
Let it go and don’t look back.
Don’t look back. Don’t look back.

Out in the square there’s the drums’ brave rattle
And the trumpets flashing like a dream of brass
Split by the bolts of the guns’ loud battle
To black ash blowing over broken glass.
Shake your head and let it go,
Let it go and don’t look back.
Don’t look back. Don’t look back.

Back in the days that have gone down in history,
Red earth stood up and was a living man
And he gaped his mouth for the blue milk of mystery,
Barbed wire, sparks, and his nailed-up hand.
Shake your head and let it go,
Let it go and don’t look back.
Don’t look back. Don’t look back.

In the time of the world that they call the beginning,
Eve lived alone in the cage of Adam’s side.
Eve loved the snake and told him, let’s start sinning,
But she found out later that the snake had lied.
Shake your head and let it go,
Let it go and don’t look back.
Don’t look back. Don’t look back.


Words and music by The Children
 

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