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They say evrything can be replaced,
Yet evry distance is not near.
So I remember evry face
Of evry man who put me here.
I see my light come shining
From the west unto the east.
Any day now, any day now,
I shall be released.

They say evry man needs protection,
They say evry man must fall.
Yet I swear I see my reflection
Some place so high above this wall.
I see my light come shining
From the west unto the east.
Any day now, any day now,
I shall be released.

Standing next to me in this lonely crowd,
Is a man who swears he's not to blame.
All day long I hear him shout so loud,
Crying out that he was framed.
I see my light come shining
From the west unto the east.
Any day now, any day now,
I shall be released.



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    UnregisteredJan 14, 2012 at 4:29 pm
    It is a prisoner's lament. His window faces west. Verse 1 refers to the jury. Verse 2 rhymes. Verse 3 is about the guy down the hall.
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    UnregisteredAug 4, 2012 at 9:55 pm
    So my man just passed away and they sung this song 30 minutes before his death. His soul was released.. No pain, no suffering, so more discomfort. Now he can sleep. To me this is a song of a person who knows that anyday now that its time to move on. On to a better place,. Their releasing their soul the sun sets from the west to the east..
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    UnregisteredJan 24, 2014 at 7:31 am
    Listen to this song again, only sung by a woman. I'd never heard Dylan sing it until hearing it for years sung by Bette Midler in her early years. It was the early seventies and my take was that it was about a horribly oppressed woman finding her strength to continue on her own. She'd been hidden in his shadow for so long. But now she saw her light shining for her and would soon be released. BTW I'm a man hearing/writing this.
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    UnregisteredJul 17, 2012 at 11:46 pm
    The setting sun's light travels from west to east... The setting sun may mean the end of his days vs. The end of his sentence... Maybe dylan is showing there's not much of a difference between a prisoner and a "free" man?
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    UnregisteredMay 23, 2012 at 2:38 pm
    Hi there
    can you tell me a little about the song, ie the story behind it. I find it a very touching song and play it a lot on my guitar.

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