Bob Dylan’s “Ballad of Hollis Brown” interpreted by Nina Simone & Rise Against

Ballad Of Hollis Brown
by Bob Dylan (1963)

Hollis Brown
He lived on the outside of town (2x)
With his wife and five children
And his cabin fallin’ down

You looked for work and money
And you walked a rugged mile (2x)
Your children are so hungry
That they don’t know how to smile

Your baby’s eyes look crazy
They’re a-tuggin’ at your sleeve (2x)
You walk the floor and wonder why
With every breath you breathe

The rats have got your flour
Bad blood it got your mare (2x)
If there’s anyone that knows,
Is there anyone that cares?

You prayed to the Lord above
Oh please send you a friend (2x)
Your empty pockets tell you
That you ain’t got no friend

Your babies are crying louder
It’s pounding on your brain (2x)
Your wife’s screams are stabbin’ you
Like the dirty drivin’ rain

Your grass it is turning black
There’s no water in your well (2x)
You spent your last lone dollar
On seven shotgun shells

Way out in the wilderness
A cold coyote calls (2x)
Your eyes fix on the shotgun
That’s hangin’ on the wall

Your brain is a-bleedin’
And your legs can’t seem to stand (2x)
Your eyes fix on the shotgun
That you’re holdin’ in your hand

There’s seven breezes a-blowin’
All around the cabin door (2x)
Seven shots ring out
Like the ocean’s pounding roar.

There’s seven people dead
On a South Dakota farm (2x)
Somewhere in the distance
There’s seven new people born.

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