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

They say every man needs protection,
They say every 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 onto the east.
Any day now, any day how,
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 onto the east.
Any day now, any day how,
I shall be released.



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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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    UnregisteredMay 8, 2012 at 4:57 pm
    It is about a man in prison who remembers all who lead to his being there. He thinks about what they say that every man needs protection. A lawyer. When he stands in the crowd in prison, he feels their loneliness and hears someone crying i was framed because that man thinks he is innocent. The part about seeing his reflection so high above the wall is pertaining to high walls in prison . He can see his reflection and the light coming from the west to the east is light of day and hope that he will be released in time.

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