I'm Not There. (2007): Sing About Your Own Time

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The clip Sing About Your Own Time from I'm Not There. (2007)

The sweet, pretty things are in bed now, of c...
The clip Sing About Your Own Time from I'm Not There. (2007)

The sweet, pretty things are in bed now, of course
The city fathers, they're trying to endorse
The reincarnation of Paul Revere's horse
But the town has no need to be nervous
The hysterical bride in the penny arcade
Screaming, she moans, "I've just been made"
Then sends out for the doctor who pulls down the shade
Says, "My advice is to not let the boys in"
Where Ma Raney and Beethoven once unwrapped their bed roll
Tuba players now rehearse around the flagpole
And the national bank for a profit
Sells road maps for the soul
To the old folks home and the college
Mama's in the factory
She ain't got no shoes
Daddy's in the alley
He's lookin' for food
I'm in the kitchen
With the tombstone blues
Hey, hey, yeah
Boy, look like you found... you found your freedom
before you found your technique.
Now, real American music come from the bottom up.
You take Blind Willie McTell.
He's the best blues singer east of Cannery Row.
He say, "Son, if you can sing these songs
and understand them, ain't no place you can't go.
Ah, thank you very much, ma'am.
You're welcome.
I reckon I come out the womb
singing and picking and playing and all that mess.
So where your people at?
Your kinfolk?
Oh, they back in Stockton, ma'am.
California. That's where I was raised.
I figured they got plenty of mouths to feed as it is.
Not that I care a fig about material things,
you know, except for maybe a decent car.
See, us thumb-slummers and box-jumpers,
we get a little peckish when it comes to cars, you know?
That boy sound just like Doughboy Hawkins,
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