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I Want You - Bob Dylan

I Want You

Blonde on Blonde
folk singer-songwriter 60s folk rock classic rock


"I Want You" is a 1966 song recorded by Bob Dylan which appeared on the album Blonde on Blonde. It was also released as a single with a live version of "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues" in June, reaching number twenty on the Billboard Hot 100 and number sixteen in the UK. A live version later appeared on the album, Dylan and the Dead, a collaboration with the Grateful Dead. It has been argued that the song is about Anita Pallenberg, at the time the girlfriend of Brian Jones, because of the line "Now your dancing child with his chinese suit/ He spoke to me, I took his flute. No, I wasn't very cute to him". Brian Jones was known to Dylan and they hung out when Dylan was in London. The relationship was amicable but also tense, ending up in a car chase and car crash (without any casualties) in the middle of the night. Jones used to wear a chinese shirt at the time. Another line states that "time was on his side", perhaps referencing a Rolling Stones song from 1964, called 'Time is On My Side'. Pallenberg later had two children with Keith Richards.


Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24, 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota, United States) is an American musician, poet and artist whose position in popular culture is unique. Dylan started his musical odyssey in 1959 when he began playing in Dinkytown, Minneapolis while attending the University of Minnesota. Shortly after starting to play he changed his stage name to Bob Dylan, after being influenced by the poetry of Dylan Thomas before legally changing his name in 1962. Show more ...

I Want You - Bob Dylan

The guilty undertaker sighs
The lonesome organ grinder cries
The silver saxophones say I should refuse you
The cracked bells and washed-out horns
Blow into my face with scorn
But it's not that way
I wasn't born to lose you
I want you, I want you
I want you so bad
Honey, I want you.

The drunken politician leaps
Upon the street where mothers weep
And the saviors who are fast asleep
They wait for you
And I wait for them to interrupt
Me drinkin' from my broken cup
And ask for me
Open up the gate for you
I want you, I want you
Yes, I want you so bad
Honey, I want you.

Now all my fathers they've gone down
True love they've been without it
But all their daughters put me down
'Cause I don't think about it.

Well, I return to the Queen of Spades
And talk with my chambermaid
She knows that I'm not afraid
To look at her
She is good to me
And there's nothing she doesn't see
She knows where I'd like to be
But it doesn't matter
I want you, I want you
Yes, I want you so bad
Honey, I want you.

Now your dancing child with his Chinese suit
He spoke to me, I took his flute
No, I wasn't very cute to him - Was I?
But I did though because he lied
Because he took you for a ride
And because time was on his side
And because I..
I want you, I want you
Yes, I want you so bad
Honey, I want you.



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