Bob Dylans 115th Dream

Bob Dylan

I was riding on the Mayflower
When I thought I spied some land . . . (ha, ha, ha)

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I was riding on the Mayflower when I thought I spied some land
I yelled for Captain Ahab I have yuh understand
Who came running to the deck, said, "Boys, forget the whale
Look on over yonder, cut the engine, change the sail
Haul on that bowline." We sang that melody
Like all tough sailors do when they’ve gone away at sea.

“Well I think I’ll call it America,” I said as we hit land.
I took a deep breath. I fell down. I could not stand.
Captain Ahab he started writin’ up some deeds,
Said, “Boys let’s start a fort and start buying the place with beads.”
Just then this cop comes down the street crazy as a loon.
And throws us all in jail for carryin’ harpoons.

Ah, me I busted out. Don’t even ask me how.
I went to get some help. I walked by a Guernsey cow
Who directed me down to the Bowery slums
Where people carried signs around sayin’ “Ban the Bums.”
I jumped into the line sayin’, “I hope I am not late.”
When I realized I hadn’t eaten for five days straight.

Well I ran outside and I hoped inside a cab.
I went out the other door. This Englishman said, “Fab!”
And I started to leap a hot stand where a chariot that stood
Right across from a building advertising brotherhood
I ran through the front door like a hobo stand in does
It was just a funeral parlor and a man asked me who I was.

I repeated that my friends were all in jail with a sigh.
He gave me his card and said, “Call me if they die.”
I shook his hand and said goodbye and ran out to the street
When a bowling ball came down the road and knocked me off my feet
A pay phone was ringin’. It just about blew my mind.
When I picked it up and said hello, this foot came through the line.

Well by this time I was fed up at trying to make a stand
At bringing back any help for my friends and Captain Ahab
I decided to flip a coin. I knew that heads or tails
Would let me know if I should go back to the ship or back to jail.
And then I hocked my sailor suit and got a coin to flip.
It came up tails, which rhymes with sails, and went back to the ship.

When I got back a took a parking ticket off the mast
Started ripping it to shreds when a Coast Guard ship went passed
They asked me my name and I said, “Captain Kidd.”
They believed me but they wanted to know what exactly that I did
I said for a boat of a rough I was employed
They let me go right away. They were very paranoid.

Well the last I heard of Ahab he was stuck on a whale
That was married to the jailkeep the sheriff of a jail
But the funniest was I that I was talkin’ to some sailors on the dock
I was told three ships were sailin’; they were all headed by way.
I asked the captain what his name was and where he trucked.
He said his name was Columbus. I just said good luck.
Woah, good luck, good luck.



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Sharkfin (report comment to admin):
"Captain Arab" should be "Captain Ahab", honey.