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Bob Dylan - Key West (Philosopher Pirate) (Official Audio)

Death is on the wall
‪Say it to me, if you got something to confess
‪I heard all about it, he was going down slow ‬
‪I heard it all, wireless radio ‬
‪From down in the moon dogs way down in Key West ‬

‪I’m searching for love, for inspiration ‬
‪On that pirate radio station
‪Coming out of Luxembourg and Budapest ‬
‪Radio signal’s clear as can be
‪I’m so deep in love that I can hardly see ‬
‪Down on the flat lands, way down in Key West

‪Key West is the place to be ‬
‪If you’re looking for immortality ‬
‪Stay on the road, follow the highway sign ‬
‪Key West is fine and fair, ‬
‪If you lost your mind, you will find it there
‪Key West is on the horizon line

‪I was born on the wrong side of the railroad track
‪Like Ginsberg, Corso and Kerouac
‪Like Louis, and Jimmy and Buddy and all the rest ‬
‪Well, it might not be the thing to do ‬
‪But I’m sticking with you through and through ‬
‪Down in the flat lands, way down in Key West

‪I got both of my feet planted square on the ground ‬
‪Got my right hand high, with the thumb down ‬
‪Such is life, such is happiness
‪Hibiscus flowers, they grow everywhere here
‪If you wear one, put it behind your ear
‪Down in the bottom, way down in Key West ‬

‪Key West is the place to go
‪Down by the Gulf of Mexico ‬
‪Beyond the city, beyond the sifting sands
‪Key West is the gateway key ‬
‪to innocence and purity ‬
‪Key West, Key West is the enchanted land

‪I’ve never lived in the land of Oz ‬
‪Or wasted my time with an unworthy cause ‬
‪It’s hot down here, and you can’t be overdressed
‪China blossoms of a toxic plant ‬
‪They can make you dizzy, like a [...] can
‪Down in the flat lands way down in Key West ‬

‪Well the fish tail ponds, and the orchid trees
‪They can give you that bleeding heart disease
‪People tell me I ought to try a little tenderness ‬
‪On Newton Street, Bay view Park ‬
‪Walking in the shadow after dark ‬
‪Down under, way down in Key West ‬

‪I played gumbo in (....) spirituals
‪I know all the Hindu rituals ‬
‪People tell me that I’m truly blessed ‬
Bougainvillea blooming in the summer, in the spring
Winter here is an unknown thing
Down in the flat lands, way down in Key West

Key West is under the sun, under the radar, under the gun
You stay to the left, and then you lean to the right
Feel the sunlight on your skin, the healing virtues of the wind
Key West, Key West is the land of light

Wherever I travel, wherever I roam
I’m not that far, before I come back home
I do what I think is right, what I think is best
History street off off Mallory Square
Truman had his White House there
East bound, west bound, way down in Key West

Twelve years old, they put me in a suit
Forced me to marry a prostitute
There were gold fringes on her wedding dress
That’s my story, but not where it ends
She’s still cute, and we’re still friends
Down on the bottom, way down in Key West

I play both sides against the middle
Trying to pick up the pirate radio signal
I heard the news, the heard it last week friends
Fly around my pretty little Miss
I don’t love nobody, give me a kiss
Down on the bottom, way down in Key West

Key West is the place to be
If you’re looking for immortality
Key West is paradise divine
Key West is fine and fair
If you lost your mind, you’ll find it there
Key West is on the horizon line

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