Like A Rolling Stone Lyrics by Bob Dylan


Bob Dylan Lyrics

Like A Rolling Stone Lyrics
Once upon a time you dressed so fine
You threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn't you?
People'd call, say, "Beware doll, you're bound to fall"
You thought they were all kiddin' you
You used to laugh about
Everybody that was hangin' out
Now you don't talk so loud
Now you don't seem so proud
About having to be scrounging for your next meal.

How does it feel
How does it feel
To be without a home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?


You've gone to the finest school all right, Miss Lonely
But you know you only used to get juiced in it
And nobody has ever taught you how to live on the street
And now you find out you're gonna have to get used to it
You said you'd never compromise
With the mystery tramp, but now you realize
He's not selling any alibis
As you stare into the vacuum of his eyes
And ask him do you want to make a deal?

How does it feel
How does it feel
To be on your own
With no direction home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?

You never turned around to see the frowns on the jugglers and the clowns
When they all come down and did tricks for you
You never understood that it ain't no good
You shouldn't let other people get your kicks for you
You used to ride on the chrome horse with your diplomat
Who carried on his shoulder a Siamese cat
Ain't it hard when you discover that
He really wasn't where it's at
After he took from you everything he could steal.

How does it feel
How does it feel
To be on your own
With no direction home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?


Princess on the steeple and all the pretty people
They're drinkin', thinkin' that they got it made
Exchanging all kinds of precious gifts and things
But you'd better lift your diamond ring, you'd better pawn it babe
You used to be so amused
At Napoleon in rags and the language that he used
Go to him now, he calls you, you can't refuse
When you got nothing, you got nothing to lose
You're invisible now, you got no secrets to conceal.

How does it feel
How does it feel
To be on your own
With no direction home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?
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Like A Rolling Stone Info:

• Dylan based the lyrics on a 20 page short story he had written about a debutante who becomes a loner when she falls out of high society.

• Despite being 6 minutes long and therefore not played very often on radio the song managed to climb to #2 on the US charts

• Rolling Stone Magazine (Nov 2004) named 'Like A Rolling Stone' #1 on their list of the greatest songs of all time.

• The Beatles single 'Help' denied Bob Dylan the top spot on the US Charts

• The "only known surviving draft" sold at Sotheby's in June, 2014 for a record $2 million. It featured a handful of alternate phrases for "how does it feel" including:
- "it feels real"
- "does it feel real"
- "shut up and deal"
- "get down and kneel" and
- "raw deal"




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