Isis

I married Isis on the fifth day of May,

But I could not hold on to her very long.

So I cut off my hair and I rode straight away

For the wild unknown country where I could not go wrong.

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I came to a high place of darkness and light.

The dividing line ran through the center of town.

I hitched up my pony to a post on the right,

Went in to a laundry to wash my clothes down.

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A man in the corner approached me for a match.

I knew right away he was not ordinary.

He said, "Are you lookin' for somethin' easy to catch?"

I said, "I got no money." He said, "That ain't necessary."

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We set out that night for the cold in the North.

I gave him my blanket, he gave me his word.

I said, "Where are we goin'?" He said we'd be back by the fourth.

I said, "That's the best news that I've ever heard."

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I was thinkin' about turquoise, I was thinkin' about gold,

I was thinkin' about diamonds and the world's biggest necklace.

As we rode through the canyons, through the devilish cold,

I was thinkin' about Isis, how she thought I was so reckless.

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How she told me that one day we would meet up again,

And things would be different the next time we wed,

If I only could hang on and just be her friend.

I still can't remember all the best things she said.

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We came to the pyramids all embedded in ice.

He said, "There's a body I'm tryin' to find.

If I carry it out it'll bring a good price."

'Twas then that I knew what he had on his mind.

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The wind it was howlin' and the snow was outrageous.

We chopped through the night and we chopped through the dawn.

When he died I was hopin' that it wasn't contagious,

But I made up my mind that I had to go on.

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I broke into the tomb, but the casket was empty.

There was no jewels, no nothin', I felt I'd been had.

When I saw that my partner was just bein' friendly,

When I took up his offer I must-a been mad.

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I picked up his body and I dragged him inside,

Threw him down in the hole and I put back the cover.

I said a quick prayer and I felt satisfied.

Then I rode back to find Isis just to tell her I love her.

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She was there in the meadow where the creek used to rise.

Blinded by sleep and in need of a bed,

I came in from the East with the sun in my eyes.

I cursed her one time then I rode on ahead.

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She said, "Where ya been?" I said, "No place special."

She said, "You look different." I said, "Well, not quite."

She said, "You been gone." I said, "That's only natural."

She said, "You gonna stay?" I said, "Yeah, I jes might."

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Isis, oh, Isis, you mystical child.

What drives me to you is what drives me insane.

I still can remember the way that you smiled

On the fifth day of May in the drizzlin' rain.

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by Bob Dylan and Jacques Levy

Copyright 1975 Ram's Horn Music

First release: Desire, 1976

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