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Oh, where have you been, my blue-eyed son ?
And where have you been my darling young one ?
I've stumbled on the side of twelve misty mountains
I've walked and I've crawled on six crooked highways
I've stepped in the middle of seven sad forests
I've been out in front of a dozen dead oceans
I've been ten thousand miles in the mouth of a graveyard
And it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard, and it's a hard
It's a hard rain's a-gonna fall.

Oh, what did you see, my blue eyed son ?
And what did you see, my darling young one ?
I saw a newborn baby with wild wolves all around it
I saw a highway of diamonds with nobody on it
I saw a black branch with blood that kept drippin'
I saw a room full of men with their hammers a-bleedin'
I saw a white ladder all covered with water
I saw ten thousand talkers whose tongues were all broken
I saw guns and sharp swords in the hands of young children
And it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard, and it's a hard
It's a hard rain's a-gonna fall.

And what did you hear, my blue-eyed son ?
And what did you hear, my darling young one ?
I heard the sound of a thunder, it roared out a warnin'
I heard the roar of a wave that could drown the whole world
I heard one hundred drummers whose hands were a-blazin'

I heard ten thousand whisperin' and nobody listenin'
I heard one person starve, I heard many people laughin'
Heard the song of a poet who died in the gutter
Heard the sound of a clown who cried in the alley
And it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard
And it's a hard rain's a-gonna fall.

Oh, who did you meet my blue-eyed son ?
Who did you meet, my darling young one ?
I met a young child beside a dead pony
I met a white man who walked a black dog
I met a young woman whose body was burning
I met a young girl, she gave me a rainbow
I met one man who was wounded in love
I met another man who was wounded in hatred
And it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard
And it's a hard rain's a-gonna fall.

And what'll you do now, my blue-eyed son ?
And what'll you do now my darling young one ?
I'm a-goin' back out 'fore the rain starts a-fallin'
I'll walk to the deepths of the deepest black forest
Where the people are a many and their hands are all empty
Where the pellets of poison are flooding their waters
Where the home in the valley meets the damp dirty prison
Where the executioner's face is always well hidden
Where hunger is ugly, where souls are forgotten
Where black is the color, where none is the number
And I'll tell and think it and speak it and breathe it
And reflect it from the mountain so all souls can see it
Then I'll stand on the ocean until I start sinkin'
But I'll know my songs well before I start singin'
And it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard, and it's a hard
It's a hard rain's a-gonna fall.



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    UnregisteredApr 28, 2012 at 5:48 am
    Can't believe some of the "interpretations on here. It is common knowledge, (or so i thought), that this was written at the time of the "cuba crisis" when dylan genuinely thought that this may the last song he ever wrote, and if russia had not backed down on jfk's ultimatum to remove all the nuclear missiles from cuba, it may well have been. Hence the hard rain's a gonna fall. As for the detailed lyrics, just dylan's way of expressing his observations of the world at that time.
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    UnregisteredAug 16, 2012 at 9:44 am
    There is a price to be paid by the whole of humanity for the inaction and/or inattention of individuals to the needs of their fellow man.
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    UnregisteredApr 30, 2012 at 1:24 pm
    The song hits at the core of awakening in america our eyes are shocked to find poverty in this land . It speaks of the aftermath of nuclear war,of social injustice,of the fear of death
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    UnregisteredApr 27, 2012 at 2:09 am
    The song is about learning through horror,and being able to teach others what is left of our souls ti find the meaning in this life
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    UnregisteredApr 15, 2012 at 4:08 pm
    Come on folks - this is a song with a promise of a new bright day coming:

    A hard rain's gonna fall = a hard reign is gonna fall

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