All Along the Watchtower

All Along the Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix

[One of the reasons why Bob Dylan received Nobel Prize for Literature 2016 | Ceremony to be held December 10th 2016]

Written by Bob Dylan

There must be some kind of way outta here
Said the joker to the thief
There’s too much confusion
I can’t get no relief
Business men, they drink my wine
Plowman dig my earth
None were level on the mind
Nobody up at his word
Hey, hey
No reason to get excited
The thief he kindly spoke
There are many here among us
Who feel that life is but a joke
But, uh, but you and I, we’ve been through that
And this is not our fate
So let us stop talkin’ falsely now
The hour’s getting late, hey
All along the watchtower
Princes kept the view
While all the women came and went
Barefoot servants, too
Outside in the cold distance
A wildcat did growl
Two riders were approaching
And the wind began to howl

Songwriters: Bob Dylan
All Along the Watchtower lyrics
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3 thoughts on “All Along the Watchtower

  1. Pingback: All Along the Watchtower — the secret keeper – spiritus2016

  2. BTW the correct version of those lines is “Businessmen, they drink my wine, plowmen dig my earth
    None of them along the line know what any of it is worth” as I recall. (Confirmed at Makes the sense clearer.



    The Joker speaks of thieves
    The Thief speaks of jokers
    Then suggests
    They not talk falsely

    Meanwhile the apocalypse
    Awaits in the wings
    And one may discern
    (Sub voce)
    The Trump of doom


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